7 Ways to Get Outdoors in West Vancouver in Summer

A hiker enjoys the view at Eagle Bluff

A hiker enjoys the view at Eagle Bluffs in Cypress Provincial Park. Photo: Taryn Eyton

West Vancouver is sandwiched between towering mountains and crashing ocean waves. Hike to the peaks, hit the beach, and explore the parks, lakes, waterfalls, and old-growth trees in between.


Hike to a Peak

West Vancouver is home to towering mountains. You can reach the peaks on challenging hiking trails. St. Mark’s Summit is the most popular thanks to its incredible view of Howe Sound. The panorama from Eagle Bluffs is also spectacular as you look down on Vancouver. Mount Strachan is a bit of a hidden gem that also has great views. If you’re looking for an easier peak, try the short hike to Bowen Lookout. Read our tips for safe summer hiking before you go.

View from St Mark's Summit in Cypress Provincial Park

View from St Mark’s Summit. Photo: Vlad D/Unsplash


Hike to Lakes, Waterfalls, and Big Trees

You don’t have to be an expert hiker to enjoy the trails in West Vancouver. There are also lots of easier hikes that head to lakes, waterfalls, and gorgeous old-growth trees. Whyte Lake makes a great year-round destination, and in the summer, you can cool off with a swim. Follow the Brother’s Creek Trail to experience gorgeous big trees and a fern-lined canyon. Cypress Falls Park features a beautiful canyon and two picturesque waterfalls.

The dock at Whyte Lake in West Vancouver, an easy hike

Whyte Lake. Photo: Taryn Eyton/HappiestOutdoors.ca


Enjoy the Views at Whytecliff Park

West Vancouver’s Whytecliff Park has spectacular scenery. Go for a hike, explore an off-shore island at low tide, enjoy the incredible ocean views, and lots more. Read our guide to Whytecliff Park for more details. Tip: Go early on summer weekends as the parking lots fill fast.

Whyte Islet in Whytecliff Park. Photo: Destination BC/Alex Strohl

People walking on rocks by the ocean in Whytecliff Park, West Vancouver.


Bike the North Shore Spirit Trail

Eventually, the Spirit Trail will stretch from one end of the North Shore to the other. The West Vancouver portion starts in Horseshoe Bay and is currently seven kilometres long.

A woman wearing a bike helmet bikes along the Spirit Trail in North Vancouver

Biking along the Spirit Trail. Photo: Destination BC/@vancitywild


Hit the Beach at Ambleside Park

Ambleside Park stretches across West Vancouver’s waterfront near the foot of the Lions Gate Bridge. The huge park has sandy beaches, a designated swimming area, sports fields, an off-leash dog area, walking trails, and lots of places for picnicking.

A couple explore Ambleside Park at sunset

A couple explores Ambleside Park in West Vancouver. They are looking for a picnic spot with their bicycle and basket.


Enjoy the Mountains at Cypress Provincial Park

You might know West Vancouver’s Cypress Provincial Park as a skier’s paradise, but in the summer the park is home to a huge network of hiking trails for all abilities, a mountain roller coaster, viewpoints, picnic areas, and lots more. Use our summer guide to Cypress Provincial Park to help you plan your trip.

Cabin lake on Black Mountain in Cypress Provincial Park

Cabin Lake, a popular swimming spot. Photo: Taryn Eyton


Wander Beside the Ocean in Lighthouse Park

West Vancouver’s Lighthouse Park is a nature oasis close to the city. With a forested interior, rocky shoreline, and lots of viewpoints, there is beauty around every corner. Our Lighthouse Park guide shows you the highlights. Or follow our directions to make an easy loop hike around the park.

Lighthouse Park

Lighthouse Park. Photo: Destination BC/Tom Ryan


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