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Relaxing at Ambleside Beach | A Stay-cation

Updated on April 12, 2016
Sunset from the Seawalk at Ambleside
Sunset from the Seawalk at Ambleside

Unwind at West Vancouver's Ambleside Beach and Park

This year, why not discover the popular Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver? Tourists or locals on a stay-cation will enjoy the sun, sand, playgrounds, trails, and other amenities. Check out the pictures, videos and links, and perhaps plan to visit one of the festivals that happens here each year.

If trekking through the Himalayas isn't in the cards for you this summer, why not just chillax at a local beach or park? Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver is an ideal spot for a summer stay-cation!

You've got a beautiful sandy beach that goes on forever. You've got scenery to die for. You've got a marvelous par three golf course. You've got beach-like food and drink available right on the beach, plus tons of restaurants just a couple of blocks away. There's a small lake right in the park, complete with swans-a-swimming.

There's a seawall for pleasant seaside strolls or jogs in manicured surroundings. There are flowers and trees and birds and sea life. On summer weekends, there is a farmer's market with all the goodies you could imagine. There is a stage where live performers entertain on special occasions.

Have I missed anything? Possibly. Why not visit and see for yourself.

Unless otherwise stated, all Photo Credits: June Campbell

With all the beautiful and interesting places to visit in the world, why would you ever opt for a stay-cation? Or would you? Let's hear your take on this.

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Ambleside Beach on a Cloudy Day
Ambleside Beach on a Cloudy Day

Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver

Sun, Sand and a Little Surf

Ambleside Beach is located on the north shore of Burrard Inlet, in the District of West Vancouver. The wide sandy beach stretches for a nice, long distance.

The swimming is superb, as is the beach lounging, the tanning and the seashell hunting. Amenities include washrooms, food and drink, an outdoor shower, barbecues, picnic tables, a picnic shelter and a kid's playground.

Since the seashore is sheltered here, it's a great place for kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing as well. Surfing, not so much, although some people do give it a try.

Ambleside Beach Photos

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Ambleside Beach on a Cloudy DayCanada Goose on SandSeagulls Walking on the BeachA Cloudy Day in WinterVancouver Skyline as Viewed from Ambleside BeachSailboats in the DistanceA Freighter Entering Vancouver HarbourDog Walking Along a Trail at AmblesideAmbleside Beach as Viewed from Prospect Point in Stanley Park.Sunset over AmblesideA Brilliant Red Sunset over the Ocean
Ambleside Beach on a Cloudy Day
Ambleside Beach on a Cloudy Day
Canada Goose on Sand
Canada Goose on Sand
Seagulls Walking on the Beach
Seagulls Walking on the Beach
A Cloudy Day in Winter
A Cloudy Day in Winter
Vancouver Skyline as Viewed from Ambleside Beach
Vancouver Skyline as Viewed from Ambleside Beach
Sailboats in the Distance
Sailboats in the Distance
A Freighter Entering Vancouver Harbour
A Freighter Entering Vancouver Harbour
Dog Walking Along a Trail at Ambleside
Dog Walking Along a Trail at Ambleside
Ambleside Beach as Viewed from Prospect Point in Stanley Park.
Ambleside Beach as Viewed from Prospect Point in Stanley Park.
Sunset over Ambleside
Sunset over Ambleside
A Brilliant Red Sunset over the Ocean
A Brilliant Red Sunset over the Ocean
Elephant Seal Moulting on the Beach at Ambleside
Elephant Seal Moulting on the Beach at Ambleside

Wildlife | An Elephant Seal Moulting

In April-May of 2013, a year-old elephant seal surprised us all by choosing Ambleside Beach as his moulting place. When moulting, the seals slough off both skin and hair. It's a stressful, 25 day process for them. I observed that the seal had dug a hole in the sand on one side, and was using a flipper to flip sand over his back. Apparently they flip sand to help keep themselves cool on dry land and to protect against sun.

About 100 years ago, elephant seals were nearing extinction, but they have begun breeding again and are starting to reappear.

West Vancouver has partitioned off an area of beach so visitors can view and photograph, but not approach too closely. I have been told that there is a security guard watching the area from time to time.

Unfortunately for photographers, the seal and the surrounding sand are almost identical in colour. I suppose this is another way that Mother Nature protects this marine animal.

Alaskan Cruise Ship Passing Ambleside
Alaskan Cruise Ship Passing Ambleside

Sailing to Alaska

Alaskan Cruises leave from Vancouver Harbour weekly. The cruise ships sail under the Lions Gate Bridge, cross in front of Ambleside Beach and head along the Burrard Inlet. When they reach the end of Burrard Inlet, they turn north and head out of sight up the Inside Passage.


Photos of Cruise Ships Heading to Alaska

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Cruise Ship Passing Ambleside Beach.Cruise Ship Sailing Under the Lions Gate BridgeCruise Ship Sailing Down Burrard Inlet in VancouverCruise ship Passing Under Lions Gate BridgeCruise Ship Passing Ambleside BeachAlaskan Cruise Circling Stanley ParkShip Directly Underneath the Lions Gate Bridge
Cruise Ship Passing Ambleside Beach.
Cruise Ship Passing Ambleside Beach.
Cruise Ship Sailing Under the Lions Gate Bridge
Cruise Ship Sailing Under the Lions Gate Bridge
Cruise Ship Sailing Down Burrard Inlet in Vancouver
Cruise Ship Sailing Down Burrard Inlet in Vancouver
Cruise ship Passing Under Lions Gate Bridge
Cruise ship Passing Under Lions Gate Bridge
Cruise Ship Passing Ambleside Beach
Cruise Ship Passing Ambleside Beach
Alaskan Cruise Circling Stanley Park
Alaskan Cruise Circling Stanley Park
Ship Directly Underneath the Lions Gate Bridge
Ship Directly Underneath the Lions Gate Bridge
Pond in Ambleside Park
Pond in Ambleside Park

Ambleside Pond

There is a great little pond right in Ambleside Park. Its a lovely relaxing spot to stroll, or just to sit on a bench and veg out. The pond touches the par three golf course on one end. The two resident swans are somewhat in danger of a flying golf ball, but they seem to be skilled at keeping themselves safe.

Photos of Ambleside Pond

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Ambleside Pond with TreesA Flowering TreeBeautiful Tree Cascading into Ambleside PondLooking Through the TreesDucks Swimming in the PondWater Lillies in the PondSwans Swimming Near ShoreA Swan in Ambleside PondRocks, Trees, Pond and Swimming SwanSwan Swimming Close to Shore
Ambleside Pond with Trees
Ambleside Pond with Trees
A Flowering Tree
A Flowering Tree
Beautiful Tree Cascading into Ambleside Pond
Beautiful Tree Cascading into Ambleside Pond
Looking Through the Trees
Looking Through the Trees
Ducks Swimming in the Pond
Ducks Swimming in the Pond
Water Lillies in the Pond
Water Lillies in the Pond
Swans Swimming Near Shore
Swans Swimming Near Shore
A Swan in Ambleside Pond
A Swan in Ambleside Pond
Rocks, Trees, Pond and Swimming Swan
Rocks, Trees, Pond and Swimming Swan
Swan Swimming Close to Shore
Swan Swimming Close to Shore
Aboriginal Statue in Ambleside
Aboriginal Statue in Ambleside
Tanga Band Performing at Harmony Arts Festival
Tanga Band Performing at Harmony Arts Festival

Harmony Arts Festival

The Annual Harmony Arts Festival is a not-to-be-missed event for your summer entertainment. Every summer, for about two weeks, the area wills with artists, courtesans, food trucks, workshops, family-friendly entertainment and musical performances on the two stages in this area.

You may be able to sample new offerings of wine and spirit, thanks to changes in the BC Liquor Laws that permit vendors to serve free samples at qualifying events.

For the web site with dates and schedules, please click here.


Video of Ambleside Beach and Park

© 2013 June Campbell

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    • colorfulone profile image

      Susie Lehto 

      4 years ago from Minnesota

      What a lovely photo gallery you created on this hub. Ambleside Beach looks like an inviting place to go watch the sunset and enjoy nature.

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      LisaDH 

      5 years ago

      Looks beautiful!

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