Blessedly close to Vancouver by both car and bus (#250 from Georgia/Seymour), Lighthouse Park is definitely one of Vancouver's best kept secrets.
Neither challenging nor boring, the multitude of possible trails is sure to please everyone, including families, who are looking for a genuine experience of old growth forests close to an urban setting. If an afternoon at Lighthouse Park doesn't mobilise you into forest activism, you need to have your pulse checked.
*Do take a map*. The park, and its rather weaving trails, are probably more complex than you anticipate. *Don't* just head on down to the lighthouse with all the other SUV drivers. The best trails, by far, are on the margins -- rather than the oft-trod jaunts down the centre. Juniper Trail is delightful, and its end point offers some great beginning rock climbing. Pine Shore Trail is a salt-air delight.
But our favorite is the neglected Arbutus Trail, which runs along the east side of the park. It's a long, solitary walk, which offers a surprisingly rich array of flora and fauna.
Lighthouse Park makes for a wonderful day trip, for both locals and tourists.
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