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Whytecliff Park: A Coastal Haven

Things to Know about Whytecliff Park
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Whytecliff Park is home to over 200 marine species! It’s also Canada’s first Saltwater Marine Park Protected Area, which ensures a thriving marine environment. 

Whether you’re a local resident looking to explore new outdoor destinations or a visitor eager to discover the wonders of the Pacific Northwest, this article is your ultimate resource for uncovering the secrets of Whytecliff Park.

Time Zone

Pacific Standard Time (PST) (UTC-8)

Best Time to Go

The best time to go to Whytecliff Park is during low tide. During this time, you can stroll along the beach and even trek to Whyte Island. Once there, you can enjoy an epic view of Howe Sound and the whole scene around.

Things to Know

Currency: Canadian Dollar

Language: English

Calling Code: +1  

What is the history of Whytecliff Park?

What is the history of Whytecliff Park

Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver is a coastal gem, renowned for its rugged beauty and marine life. 

Important for its recreational offerings and ecological significance, it provides opportunities for swimming, diving, and wildlife viewing. Its significance lies in offering a serene retreat and fostering appreciation for nature.

Established in 1909, the park used to be called “Rockcliffe Park” and was developed by W.W. Boultbee in 1926. Then, in 1939, the shipping company Union Steamship Company operated a Bowen Island Ferry from the park between 1939-1941 and 1946-1952. 

Fast forward to 1993, the waters surrounding Whytecliff Park became Canada’s first saltwater Marine Protected Area (MPA). This has allowed marine wildlife to thrive, and now, it stands as a safe haven for wildlife and a great spot for diving.

How to Get to Whytecliff Park

By car: head to Trans-Canada Hwy and keep left. Get off the highway at Exit 2, and continue driving to Horseshoe Bay Drive. Then, take a left onto Marine Drive. At the roundabout, take the 1st exit, and turn left on Marine Drive.

By public transit: take the 257: Horseshoe Bay Express or the 250: Horseshoe Bay from downtown Vancouver. Get off at Nelson Street roundabout in West Vancouver, before the hill to Horseshoe Bay.

Where to Stay near Whytecliff Park

Horseshoe Bay Motel

Address: 6588 Royal Ave, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2B6, Canada

Phone: +1 604-913-6588

Pricing: $

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This cozy spot called the Horseshoe Bay Motel is nestled right in the Horseshoe Bay Village. It’s super close to Whytecliff Park, which is a total gem. The rooms are pretty comfy, decked out with free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, microwaves, and mini fridges.

If you’re a light sleeper like me, definitely pack some noise-canceling headphones and a sleep mask. The place has got some character being an older building, but sometimes noise can travel a bit.


Address: 1634 Capilano Rd, North Vancouver, BC V7P 3B4, Canada

Phone: +1 604-987-8185

Pricing: $

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A 16-minute drive to Whytecliff Park, SureStay is your usual budget hotel. You get comfy rooms and all, and there’s a yummy breakfast place downstairs called the De Dutch Pancake House.

Plus, they’ve got a sweet seasonal outdoor pool to splash around in. And if you’re here for work or need to get down to business, they’ve got you covered with a business center and meeting space. 

The Westin Bayshore

Address: 1601 Bayshore Dr., Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4, Canada

Phone: +1 604-682-3377

Pricing: $$

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Nestled on the shores of Coal Harbour, Westin Bayshore offers an impressive balance of urban and natural surroundings. Sure, it’s a bit pricey, but you’re 20 minutes away from Whytecliff Park, but yet, close enough to the city center.

Inside, there’s an upscale rotisserie restaurant, indoor and outdoor pools, a 24/7 exercise room and a spa. 

Times Square Suites Hotel

Address: 1821 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 3E4, Canada

Phone: +1 604-684-2223

Pricing: $$$

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Times Square Suites Hotel is a stunning Victorian building in the West End community of Vancouver. It’s really more of a fully-equipped house than a rental place, as suites here are fully furnished with a whole kitchen set-up.

Staying here means you can relax at their rooftop patio, have a picnic or a BBQ while you appreciate city views.

Capilano River RV Park

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Address: 295 Tomahawk Ave, West Vancouver, BC V7P 1C5, Canada

Phone: +1 604-987-4722

Pricing: $

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Here’s a unique one. The Capilano River RV Park is a full-hook up and non-hook-up campground located under the Lions Gate Bridge along the Capilano River. It’s 17 minutes away from Whytecliff Park.

It has great WiFi, lovely showers, a hot tub and swimming pool! There’s also a small park with picnic benches and electricity.

Where to Eat near Whytecliff Park

Olive & Anchor

Address: 6418 Bay St, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2H1, Canada

Phone: +1 604-921-8848

Pricing: $$


This is a gem in Horseshoe Bay. It overlooks the waters, there’s an outside patio, and most of all, the food is top-notch. Olive & Anchor is the place to chow down on pub fare and draft beer.

We highly recommend theThai Beef Panang Curry. It was delicious, the meat was really tender, and the veggies and rice paired great with them.

Troll’s Restaurant

Address: 6408 Bay St, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2H1, Canada

Phone: +1 604-921-7755

Pricing: $$


Troll’s Restaurant is a fish and chip restaurant. They’ve been around since 1946, which is evident with the authentic rustic atmosphere. When it comes to their fish, it’s consistently fresh, crispy, and generously portioned.

Our favorite is their cod fish and chips. Their shrimp is good, too. They also have a kids menu, which is great for families.

C-Lovers Fish & Chips

Address: 6640 Royal Ave, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2B8, Canada

Phone: +1 604-913-0994

Pricing: $


When it comes to Alaskan halibut, fish and chips and Kennebec potatoes, C-Lovers Fish & Chips have been preparing these babies daily since 1984. It’s really a great place to visit on the west coast and definitely a staple in West Vancouver.

We got the ultimate platter, which includes halibut, prawns, onion rings, fries and coleslaw. We say go for this option, so you get a taste of a little bit of everything.

Pudgie’s Pizza

Address: 6620 Royal Ave, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2B9, Canada

Phone: +1 604-921-6866

Pricing: $$


Pizza and pasta from scratch is what it’s here at Pudgie’s Pizza. They’ve been around since 1988, and for good reason, this place is a go-to for pizza by the slice. It all lies in freshly-made pizza and pasta daily and their homemade sauce.

Get the classic pepperoni pizza. It’s absolutely delicious. The cheese was melted to perfection, and the pepperoni had just the right amount of spice.

The Good Karma Cafe

Address: 6750 Keith Rd, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2V1, Canada

Phone: +1 604-926-5164

Pricing: $$


This sweet little cafe is tucked at the side of the Horseshoe Bay Ferry Terminal. They serve up vegetarian dishes and organic coffee and treats, like cinnamon rolls and muffins.

Their cinnamon roll is pure bliss. It’s all ooey gooey, smothered in cream cheese icing, and they even warm it up for you.

What to Do in Whytecliff Park

Take a Leisurely Stroll along the Coastal Trails

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Address: 7102 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2T3, Canada

Phone: +1 604-925-7275


When you’re at the park, there are loads of trails to pick from. It’s at the northwest corner of the parking lot where you’ll find most of the trails here at Whytecliff.

When the tide is low, make sure you take a stroll across the rocks and scout out a cozy spot to chill on the bluffs. Trust us, it’s the perfect recipe for some peaceful relaxation.

Capture Breathtaking Sunset Views over Howe Sound

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Address: 7102 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2T3, Canada

Phone: +1 604-925-7275


Some of the most breathtaking sunsets we’ve ever seen go down right here. The view of Howe Sound is absolutely jaw-dropping. And keep your eyes peeled when you’re by the rocks because you’ll often catch sight of seals, birds, and even orcas.

But hey, fair warning: this place can get packed like sardines, especially during peak hours. So, if you’re aiming for some peace and quiet, definitely try to swing by early.

Dive into the Crystal-Clear Waters

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Address: 7102 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2T3, Canada

Phone: +1 604-925-7275


Whytecliff Park is like a magnet for scuba divers—it’s like they can’t resist its crystal-clear waters and underwater critters. The park has a diverse ecosystem beneath the surface. And not to mention, the views of the ocean and the wildlife.

One thing that makes it super convenient for divers is all those rocks scattered around. They’re like natural platforms, perfect for slipping in and out of the water hassle-free.

Photograph the Diverse Marine Life

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Address: 7102 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2T3, Canada

Phone: +1 604-925-7275


If you’re into photography, let us tell you, Whytecliff Park is your dream come true. Seriously, every single angle is like something out of a postcard—it’s that picturesque. 

On the lookout views, keep your eyes peeled because if luck’s on your side, you might catch a glimpse of dolphins, sea lions, and a whole bunch of other fascinating critters and birds.

Marvel at the Majestic Coastal Cliffs

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Address: 7102 Marine Dr, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2T3, Canada

Phone: +1 604-925-7275


The beauty of Whytecliff Park is just something else. You’ve got everything—ocean views, dramatic cliffs, lush greenery, and these towering trees that just make you feel small in the best way possible. 

They’ve also set it up so well with these easy-to-navigate viewpoints that really let you soak it all in without any hassle.

Where to Shop near Whytecliff Park

Lalli Loves It

Address: 6605 Royal Ave, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2B8, Canada

Phone: +1 604-912-0150


Lalli Loves It is this adorable little boutique tucked away in Horseshoe Bay. They’ve got racks on racks of vintage clothes, accessories, collectibles, antiques, and even some artwork by local talents.

Lalli herself is the heart and soul of the place. She handpicks every single item in the store, so she knows them inside and out.

Spirit Gallery

Address: 6408 Bay St, West Vancouver, BC V7W 2H1, Canada

Phone: +1 604-921-8972


If you’re into First Nations art, you’ve gotta swing by Spirit Gallery. They’ve got some breathtaking pieces by First Nations artists—think art, clothing, jewelry, and even furniture.

The location couldn’t be more perfect—it’s right across from Horseshoe Bay Park. So whether you’re killing time waiting for the ferry or just soaking in the scenery, it’s the ideal spot.

Apps to Download for a Trip to Whytecliff Park

GPSmyCity: Self-guided walks over 1,000 cities in Vancouver, with built-in GPS navigation functions. Works both online and offline.
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Vancouver Travel Guide: Interactive city guide with tourist info on all must-see attractions in Vancouver.
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Vancouver Transit Live: Live bus schedules that use your GPS location to get the times of TransLink bus stops.

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Paybyphone: Pay for meter parking with the touch of a button, set text reminders, and have your receipts emailed to you.
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