8 Things to Do at Ambleside Park

A couple with a bike in Ambleside Park with a view of the Lions Gate Bridge.

Exploring Ambleside Park. Photo: Destination Vancouver/Kindred & Scout

West Vancouver’s Ambleside Park has incredible views, a great beach, access to hiking and biking trails, and lots more.


How to Get to Ambleside Park

By Car: From downtown Vancouver, take the Lions Gate Bridge to West Vancouver. On the other side of the bridge, follow the off-ramp onto Marine Drive West. Turn left from Marine Drive onto 13th Street and follow it into the park.

By Bus: From downtown Vancouver, take bus 250 or 257 to the stop on Marine Drive at 14th Street, then walk two blocks into the park.


Tips for Visiting

  • Visit the park website to plan your trip.
  • Dogs must be on leash in most of the park. They are not allowed in most beach areas.
  • Smoking, vaping, cannabis, and drones are not allowed.
  • There are washrooms throughout the park.
  • Be safe in the park. AdventureSmart recommends bringing a backpack with essential safety and first aid gear on every hike. Check the forecast and pack extra clothing for the weather. Leave a trip plan so someone knows where you are going and when you will be back.
  • Read our tips for safe summer hiking in Vancouver.


Stroll Along the Ocean

Ambleside Park’s oceanside walkway divides the beach from the rest of the park. The path extends for over a kilometre and has great views of the Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park, Burrard Inlet, and Point Grey.

View of Lions Gate Bridge from Ambleside Park

Oceanside views. Photo: orenarypaladin/Pixabay


Ride the Skateboard Park

Revamped in 2016, the skateboard area at Ambleside Park is named for Peter Sullivan, a North Shore local and skateboard industry pioneer. The park has a mini-ramp and a street area and is popular with riders of all abilities.

Peter Sullivan Skate Park aerial view

Photo: Jonathan Lo/Supra


Hit the Beach

Chill out on the sand or take a dip in the ocean. Ambleside Park has a big sandy beach. In the summer, there is a designated swimming area with lifeguards on duty.

A couple picnics at Ambleside Park in West Vancouver

Enjoying the beach at sunset. Photo: Destination Vancouver/Kindred & Scout


Play a Round of Pitch and Putt Golf

Enjoy great views from the 18-hole, par-3 pitch and putt golf course. Even though the course is small, there are some challenging shots thanks to tee boxes set between trees.

Ambleside Park pitch and putt

Photo: Jhana Ellard/Unsplash


Let Your Dog Run Off-Leash

There is a designated off-leash area on the east side of the park where your dog can run off-leash. It even includes a beach if your pup wants to swim. Dogs must be on-leash in other areas of the park and there are areas where dogs are not allowed. Watch for signs around the park.


Bike the Spirit Trail

Eventually, the Spirit Trail will stretch from one end of the North Shore to the other. You can ride some of the completed sections starting from Ambleside Park. Heading west, the trail follows the shoreline to Dundarave Village. Or go east into North Vancouver to the Lonsdale Quay.

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

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


Shop at the Farmers’ Market

Browse for local produce, baking, prepared food, and crafts at the Ambleside Farmers’ Market. Find it at the 13th Street entrance to the park every Sunday between May and October.

Vegetables at a farmers' market

Photo: Shelley Pauls/Unsplash


Go for a Hike

Hike from the ocean up into the rainforest on the Capilano Pacific Trail. The hike starts at the east end of Ambleside Park and runs upstream to Cleveland Dam in Capilano River Regional Park. Part of the trail is closed due to a washout, but you can follow signs to take a detour on nearby residential streets.

View along the Capilano Pacific Trail

View along the Capilano Pacific Trail. Photo: Rohit D’Silva/Unsplash

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