All the locals know that Park Royal Mall is the place to go in West Vancouver, but there is some place even better to go if you’re craving the outdoors. If you walk behind Park Royal towards the water you’ll find Ambleside Park!
I’ve lived in Vancouver my whole life and never knew about where Ambleside Park was until a few years ago; I had heard about it, but had never been there. Ambleside Park has a beach, walking trails, a concession and a par 3 golf course! It also sometimes hosts music concerts, and is a great vantage point to see the Canada Day fireworks.
What I find really magical about the park is going out there at night. You feel like you’re on a adventure and being sneaky at the beginning, walking behind the mall, and then you enter the park and walk to the edge of it … and suddenly you are confronted with a jaw-dropping view of the Lions Gate bridge, Stanley Park and Vancouver. The lights make it a truly magical place to be, and someplace worth visiting before you leave Vancouver.