Lighthouse Park

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Not to be confused with Lighthouse Marine Park in Point Roberts, Washington.

Lighthouse Park is a popular park in West Vancouver, Canada. It covers about 75 hectares (190 acres) and it is almost completely covered with rugged, virgin rainforest. At the southernmost tip of the peninsula is Point Atkinson Lighthouse with an impressive landmark lighthouse from 1912 replacing the original built in 1875. Point Atkinson was first charted and named by Captain George Vancouver in 1792 and is a National Historic Site of Canada.

The park contains the city's last remaining stand of first-growth Douglas fir, as well as some magnificent Western hemlock and Western Redcedar. Whereas most of the region has been logged, the trees in what is now the park were spared as they provided a necessary dark background for the lighthouse. The area was thus set aside in 1881 as the lighthouse reserve. Some ancient trees reach heights of up to 200 feet (61 m) and are around 500 years old.

There is a network of hiking trails in the park, some of which are fairly rough and can be slippery when wet. The park receives more than 50 inches (1,300 mm) of rain annually and has an abundance of various ferns, berries and mushrooms.

Visitors should wear good walking shoes as the trails are often slippery due to the damp microclimate. Another word of caution: do not leave any valuables in the car as the parking lot at the entrance to the park is a scene of regular break-ins.

Access to the park is through Beacon Lane off Marine Drive.

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Coordinates: 49°20′5″N 123°15′42″W / 49.33472°N 123.26167°W / 49.33472; -123.26167