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Relaxing at Ambleside Beach | A Stay-cation
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.
What is your take on a stay-cation?
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 PhotosClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
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 AlaskaClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 PondClick thumbnail to view full-size
Links to Ambleside Information
- Yelps Ambleside Park - Ambleside - West Vancouver, BC
Yelp Reviews of Ambleside Park and Beach area
- Global News Report About Elephant Seal
Authorities in West Vancouver are asking beach goers to keep their distance from a visiting juvenile elephant seal.
- West Vancouver Park & Arena Maps
Maps for football parks, soccer parks and hockey arenas in the West Vancouver region.
- COHO Festival
The Coho Festival | District of West Vancouver
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