Trailblazing 2019: Lighthouse Park (Arbutus Trail)

Difficulty: Easy

Estimated Time: 2 hours

Round Trip: Up to 6km

Elevation Gain: Minimal

Season: Year-round

Car Travelling Time from Vancouver: 40 minutes

Public Transit: Yes


Lighthouse Park is one of Greater Vancouver's most picturesque parks situated along West Vancouver. The park has some of the largest Douglas Fir trees in Greater Vancouver as well as breathtaking views of the water.

There are numerous trails through the park that take you past old growth Western Red Cedar and Douglas Fir trees. The trails are all fairly easy with only a few having a short hill to ascend or descend. Take a look at the park map at the trailhead and plan your route so that you do a circle through the park and end at the lighthouse.


We opted for the Arbutus Trail which had some fairly steep sections. It wasn’t very well-marked, so definitely be careful to follow the wooden steps.


Another picturesque location is at Starboat Cove. It's a short 15-minute walk east from the lighthouse where there is a sign for a steep path that takes you down to the beach area. At low tide, this is the perfect area to have a picnic and enjoy the view that extends from the Lions Gate Bridge to the University of British Columbia to Vancouver Island on a clear day.