Less than 2 km from Ambleside Park and beach via Centennial Seawalk, Dundarave is the smaller sibling of Ambleside. It’s a popular place to spend a few hours with kids, especially in the summer. At any time of the year, it has ample space for play, good walking paths and fantastic views of Vancouver, Lions Gate Bridge and Burrard inlet.
ACCESS & FACILITES
If driving, you can park by the beach or on Bellevue Avenue. You can also take transit and walk down from Marine Dr, or stroll on the seawalk from Ambleside while enjoying the eye-popping ocean views. The beach has a small children’s playground, a pier, washrooms, and a large open grassy area with picnic tables. It is stroller accessible. There is a restaurant right at the park, but you can also easily walk to nearby Dundarave Village.
The 50 metres long strip of beach (we didn’t measure it, but West Vancouver Parks & Rec did) features coarse grey hued sand and plenty of logs for resting your back on or sitting. The beach is great for sand play, and summertime splashing in the water, although you should pack water shoes as the water’s edge gets quite rocky.
If you are in the mood for more food options, you can walk up to Dundarave Village. If you fancy a stroll, head east on Centennial Seawalk, which will bring you to another playground in John Lawson Park, and Ambleside Park and beach. For indoor exercise or a swimming pool, West Vancouver Community Centre with its Aquatic Centre is only a few blocks away.