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West Vancouver's spectacular coastline and mountain backdrop provide the perfect setting for this quintessential west coast city. Cross the landmark Lions Gate Bridge - originally constructed in the 1930s by Britain's Guinness family to access their vast property development know as the British Properties - and in 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver, you're there!
Rewarding yourself with a relaxing afternoon poking around the village like communities that make up West Vancouver. If you're on the lookout for antiques and crafts, Ambleside is worth a try while Dundarave is known for its boutiques and galleries. Further, why not relax with a walk along Ambleside Beach or stroll the length of the seawall which connects both neighbourhoods.
Horseshoe Bay is the western most community in West Vancouver. It is the departure point for ferries to Bowen Island, Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. It's a great place to book a fishing charter, find fish and chips and walk along the wharves of local marinas. The many restaurants offer ocean views, perfect for watching the coming and goings of the ferry boats.
Along the impossibly picturesque Marine Drive, on the way to Horseshoe Bay, you'll find Lighthouse Park and its 75 hectares (185 acres) of majestic forest including towering Douglas Fir. The park's extensive network of trails can take you out to the 1874 lighthouse - Canada's oldest manned lighthouse - and along the rugged coastline where seals can be found basking on the rocks below. An equally impressive road will take you up to Cypress Mountain where there's great skiing in winter and a host of summer time activities.
Throughout West Vancouver the focus for many of the city's restaurants is on seafood. Perched high above the city, the Salmon House on the Hill serves up stunning views along with your equally spectacular dinner while at sea level local restaurants offer legendary beach-side dining.
History, arts and culture are important to the community. The local museum has found a home in a heritage building and a former ferry ticket office is now home to a community gallery. Art galleries throughout West Vancouver showcase local arts and crafts.
For further information contact:
West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
775 - 15th Street
West Vancouver, BC V7T 2S9