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Anna’s guidebook to Ambleside in West Vancouver

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Anna’s guidebook to Ambleside in West Vancouver

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Ambleside Village is located in the heart of West Vancouver. Moments from the Lions Gate Bridge and adjacent to the waterfront and beach. Ambleside is an Oceanside community in West Vancouver with a sandy beach, beautiful Ambleside park, seawall walking paths along the water and a trendy shopping village full of tiny stores and businesses. Lots of restaurants and boutiques line the main corridor of Marine Drive. Lower Ambleside residents can easily walk to almost everything. Taking a walk down the street is a pleasure, as is strolling along the West Van seawall providing amazing ocean and downtown views, while getting a little exercise in one of Canada’s most respected and enjoyed communities. In the summer months, Ambleside is a hub of activity with art galleries, events, concerts and multiple festivals: Persian New Year Fire Festival in mid-March, West Vancouver Community Day in early June, the Harmony Arts Festival in early August, Ambleside Live Rock Festival in late August and the Coho Festival in early September each year. In winter months you can easily drive up to Cypress, Grouse or Whistler Ski Resorts. Ambleside park offers: SWIMMING/BEACH Ambleside Park has sandy beaches and a designated swim area monitored by lifeguards in the summer. Enjoy this popular swimming spot. TENNIS COURTS Enjoy three free courts on a first-come-first-serve basis. PAR 3 GOLF COURSE Beautiful waterfront Pitch and Putt! BIKE PATH and Sea Walk Path SKATEPARK Located near the beach and playground.
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Ambleside
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Ambleside Village is located in the heart of West Vancouver. Moments from the Lions Gate Bridge and adjacent to the waterfront and beach. Ambleside is an Oceanside community in West Vancouver with a sandy beach, beautiful Ambleside park, seawall walking paths along the water and a trendy shopping village full of tiny stores and businesses. Lots of restaurants and boutiques line the main corridor of Marine Drive. Lower Ambleside residents can easily walk to almost everything. Taking a walk down the street is a pleasure, as is strolling along the West Van seawall providing amazing ocean and downtown views, while getting a little exercise in one of Canada’s most respected and enjoyed communities. In the summer months, Ambleside is a hub of activity with art galleries, events, concerts and multiple festivals: Persian New Year Fire Festival in mid-March, West Vancouver Community Day in early June, the Harmony Arts Festival in early August, Ambleside Live Rock Festival in late August and the Coho Festival in early September each year. In winter months you can easily drive up to Cypress, Grouse or Whistler Ski Resorts. Ambleside park offers: SWIMMING/BEACH Ambleside Park has sandy beaches and a designated swim area monitored by lifeguards in the summer. Enjoy this popular swimming spot. TENNIS COURTS Enjoy three free courts on a first-come-first-serve basis. PAR 3 GOLF COURSE Beautiful waterfront Pitch and Putt! BIKE PATH and Sea Walk Path SKATEPARK Located near the beach and playground.
Food scene
Beautiful views and just a short walk from us. Most of the time you need to reserve ahead of time as it's often full.
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Earls Kitchen + Bar
1375 Bellevue Ave
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Beautiful views and just a short walk from us. Most of the time you need to reserve ahead of time as it's often full.
One of our favourite restaurants. Just reopened in 2020. Right on the Dundarave beach. 8 min by car or walk on the West Vancouver Centennial Seawalk. I would recommend reservations as might be full.
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Beach House Restaurant
150 25th St
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One of our favourite restaurants. Just reopened in 2020. Right on the Dundarave beach. 8 min by car or walk on the West Vancouver Centennial Seawalk. I would recommend reservations as might be full.
Great place for coffee and treat after a walk on the sea wall. 2.2 km from us.
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Temper Chocolate & Pastry
2409 Marine Dr
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Great place for coffee and treat after a walk on the sea wall. 2.2 km from us.
Pies and more. 1533 Marine Dr, West Vancouver
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Savary Island Pie Company
1533 Marine Dr
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Pies and more. 1533 Marine Dr, West Vancouver
Sundays, May through October, 10 am-3 pm Short walk (8 min) from us, just at the entrance to Ambleside Park. BC/local food and crafts.
Ambleside Artisan Farmer's Market
1500 Bellevue Ave
Sundays, May through October, 10 am-3 pm Short walk (8 min) from us, just at the entrance to Ambleside Park. BC/local food and crafts.
Mini trip to Thailand. Little place with big flavours. Just 600 meters from us, walk or drive.
Thai Pudpong Restaurant
1474 Marine Dr
Mini trip to Thailand. Little place with big flavours. Just 600 meters from us, walk or drive.
Cute coffee shop frequented by locals. Great place to drop by after hitting the Sea Walk. Free Wi-Fi 1495 Bellevue Ave, West Vancouver
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Cafe Crema
1495 Bellevue Ave
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Cute coffee shop frequented by locals. Great place to drop by after hitting the Sea Walk. Free Wi-Fi 1495 Bellevue Ave, West Vancouver
Beautiful location close to the beach. Great vegetarian food. Casual atmosphere. Free flat and sparkling water sop no need to order drinks. Just 500 meters from us. Has seating in and outside.
Heirloom Ambleside
1390 Marine Dr
Beautiful location close to the beach. Great vegetarian food. Casual atmosphere. Free flat and sparkling water sop no need to order drinks. Just 500 meters from us. Has seating in and outside.
Absolutely love this spot. Perfect to grab something good to eat or drink. Right at the beach. Very convenient. Walking distance from us.
The Boatshed Ambleside
1200 Argyle Avenue
Absolutely love this spot. Perfect to grab something good to eat or drink. Right at the beach. Very convenient. Walking distance from us.
Sightseeing
Easy hike through the rain forest leading to the small beach and lighthouse. Amazing views. Washrooms. Bring your own food/drinks and enjoy. Wear comfortable shoes. Free parking.
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Lighthouse Park
4902 Beacon Ln
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Easy hike through the rain forest leading to the small beach and lighthouse. Amazing views. Washrooms. Bring your own food/drinks and enjoy. Wear comfortable shoes. Free parking.
One of the best scenic walks along the beautiful coastline in West Vancouver. Great views, multiple restaurants close by. Start just 5 min from us.
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West Vancouver Seawalk Trail
2240 Bellevue Ave
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One of the best scenic walks along the beautiful coastline in West Vancouver. Great views, multiple restaurants close by. Start just 5 min from us.
Lynn Canyon park and a suspension bridge. Free of charge. Great alternative to Capilano Suspension Bridge. Great for a hike, swim on a very hot day (very cold water), picnic. Note: bridge might be still closed for renovations.
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Lynn Canyon Park
3690 Park Rd
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Lynn Canyon park and a suspension bridge. Free of charge. Great alternative to Capilano Suspension Bridge. Great for a hike, swim on a very hot day (very cold water), picnic. Note: bridge might be still closed for renovations.
Pictures community on western tip of West Vancouver at the end of Higway 1. Village offers beautiful scenery of mountains, sea, islands, ferries. Enjoy a meal or coffee at one of the multiple restaurants or coffee shops.
Horseshoe Bay Park | West Vancouver
Pictures community on western tip of West Vancouver at the end of Higway 1. Village offers beautiful scenery of mountains, sea, islands, ferries. Enjoy a meal or coffee at one of the multiple restaurants or coffee shops.
Sit on the beach, walk, picnic, run, bike, watch the sunset, watch sail boats and cruise ships. The views are outstanding. Great for families, couples or just buy yourself. Bring a picnic or buy something at the concession stand or many neighbouring restaurants.
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Ambleside Beach
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Sit on the beach, walk, picnic, run, bike, watch the sunset, watch sail boats and cruise ships. The views are outstanding. Great for families, couples or just buy yourself. Bring a picnic or buy something at the concession stand or many neighbouring restaurants.
Popular with scuba divers and locals. Rock climb, have a picnic, swim. Combine with visit to nearby Horseshoe Bay Village.
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Whytecliff Park | West Vancouver
7102 Marine Dr
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Popular with scuba divers and locals. Rock climb, have a picnic, swim. Combine with visit to nearby Horseshoe Bay Village.
Majestic trees in the rain forest, suspension bridge, Cliff walk. You can eat there as well. Great to see regardless of the time of year/day, rain or shine. Wear comfortable shoes, best to carry no bags. Paid parking and entry.
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Capilano Suspension Bridge
3735 Capilano Rd
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Majestic trees in the rain forest, suspension bridge, Cliff walk. You can eat there as well. Great to see regardless of the time of year/day, rain or shine. Wear comfortable shoes, best to carry no bags. Paid parking and entry.
Skiing/Snowboarding and more
West Vancouver's own ski resort. You can drive up to the resort. Can get very busy on weekends so plan to go early in the morning to avoid crowds and to get a good parking spot. Buy lift tickets on line and in advance to get better deals. Food is pretty good ands king is great. During both summer and winter time, you can enjoy great views of Vancouver from a lookout stop on the way up.
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Cypress Mountain Ski Area
6000 Cypress Bowl Rd
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West Vancouver's own ski resort. You can drive up to the resort. Can get very busy on weekends so plan to go early in the morning to avoid crowds and to get a good parking spot. Buy lift tickets on line and in advance to get better deals. Food is pretty good ands king is great. During both summer and winter time, you can enjoy great views of Vancouver from a lookout stop on the way up.
Beautiful place to ski/snowboard with views to the ocean and Vancouver. You take gondola to get up. Multiple attractions are available during summer and winter months.
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Grouse Mountain @ Skyride
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Beautiful place to ski/snowboard with views to the ocean and Vancouver. You take gondola to get up. Multiple attractions are available during summer and winter months.
Families with young childrendren
Great park by the beach including large children's playground and a spray park. You can get there by walking the Sea Walk or drive.
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John Lawson Park
750 17th St
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Great park by the beach including large children's playground and a spray park. You can get there by walking the Sea Walk or drive.
Fitness
This is a very challenging trail/hike and only appropriate for very fit. Almost 3 km long up the face of Grouse Mountain. You climb 2800 steps. Closed for winter, check before you go if opened as might be closed due to weather conditions making it too dangerous. Note there are no views on you way up and only when you reach the top. You must have enough water. and snacks to last you to the top. You have to take gondola to go down as walking down is not allowed. There are plenty of attractions on top as well as food.
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Grouse Grind Trail
6400 Nancy Greene Way
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This is a very challenging trail/hike and only appropriate for very fit. Almost 3 km long up the face of Grouse Mountain. You climb 2800 steps. Closed for winter, check before you go if opened as might be closed due to weather conditions making it too dangerous. Note there are no views on you way up and only when you reach the top. You must have enough water. and snacks to last you to the top. You have to take gondola to go down as walking down is not allowed. There are plenty of attractions on top as well as food.
Modern facility. Gym, pool, water slide, hot tub, sauna, ice ring (seasonal). Check their website for the schedule or just visit as it's just minutes from us. westvancouver.ca Parking is free.
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Community Centre | West Vancouver
2121 Marine Dr
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Modern facility. Gym, pool, water slide, hot tub, sauna, ice ring (seasonal). Check their website for the schedule or just visit as it's just minutes from us. westvancouver.ca Parking is free.
Art
West Vancouver's own Theatre. Check their website for the upcoming performances. Walk or drive from our place.
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Kay Meek Arts Centre
1700 Mathers Ave
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West Vancouver's own Theatre. Check their website for the upcoming performances. Walk or drive from our place.
Little Art Gallery with exhibits from local artists. Free and a great stop on your Sea Walk. 1570 Argyle Ave, West Vancouver
Silk Purse Arts Centre
Little Art Gallery with exhibits from local artists. Free and a great stop on your Sea Walk. 1570 Argyle Ave, West Vancouver
Don't miss celebrating 30 years at the 2020 Harmony Arts Festival, July 31–August 9, 2020. Every year we attend this amazing festival. Free concerts, movies and art at the Ambleside Beach. Lots of food as well. Walk 10 min from our place. Parking will be difficult to find close to the beach.
Harmony Arts Festival | West Vancouver
1564 Argyle Ave
Don't miss celebrating 30 years at the 2020 Harmony Arts Festival, July 31–August 9, 2020. Every year we attend this amazing festival. Free concerts, movies and art at the Ambleside Beach. Lots of food as well. Walk 10 min from our place. Parking will be difficult to find close to the beach.