If you are looking for a sandy beach with calm waters and scenic shoreline views in a quiet and tranquil setting, then consider taking a trip to check out Caulfeild beach in West Vancouver.
ACCESS AND FACILITIES
Tucked away in a residential neighborhood of Caulfeild in West Vancouver, you may need a bit of patience to find the beach: there are no large signs or facilities to signal you’ve arrived or to guide you down to the beach. Parking is in small pullouts along Dogwood Lane and Pilot House Road. For best access, park at the first pullout on your left - look for a sign for Dogwood Creek and a garbage bin. If the pullout is full - and it often is if you arrive later in the day - keep driving and you’ll see a few more pullouts and options for street parking. Alternatively, you can take bus #250, and walk from Marine Drive. From the first pullout, find a gravel path heading down. Ignore the turnoffs to your right, and you will eventually get to a set of stairs that take you right to the sandy beach. Note that due to stairs, the access path is not stroller friendly. The only facilities are two outhouses, located off the access path about halfway to the beach. Make sure you pack all the food and snacks you need, as there is no concession stand nor food establishments within easy walking distance.
For the best experience, especially if it’s summertime and you want to swim, check the tide table and plan your visit around low tide. The beach itself is one of the sandiest on the North Shore, and during low tide has a very gradual entry into water that is perfect for young kids to splash and swim in. Most of the sandy strip tends to be slightly damp even during the warmest of summer days, making it perfect for sculpting and building sand fortresses. As the beach backs onto a rocky embankment, the sandy strip shrinks considerably during high tide.
If you get tired from playing on the beach, you can head out for a stroll on the rocky foreshore, and take in the view from the benches along the trail. Or head over to nearby Lighthouse Park for some hiking and more shoreline views.