Whytecliff Park

Whytecliff Park is located near West Vancouver's Horseshoe Bay Neighbourhood, the original name of which was White Cliff City, which opened in 1909. In 1914, Colonel Albert Whyte pressed for the spelling change from White Cliff City to Whytecliff. The Whytecliff area is now distinct from Horseshoe Bay. The park, originally Rockcliffe Park, was developed by W.W. Boultbee in 1926, and a private access road was cut from the Marine Drive highway at Batchelor Bay. [1]

Whytecliff Park
View from Whytecliff Park
LocationWest Vancouver
Coordinates49°22′26″N 123°17′20″W / 49.374005°N 123.288832°W / 49.374005; -123.288832Coordinates: 49°22′26″N 123°17′20″W / 49.374005°N 123.288832°W / 49.374005; -123.288832
Area15.63 hectares (0.1563 km2; 0.0603 sq mi)
Operated byDistrict of West Vancouver
StatusOpen all year

The fifty acre Boultbee estate was purchased by the Union Steamship Company in 1939 and the company operated a Bowen Island Ferry from Whytecliff during 1939-41 and 1946-1952 [2]

The park is currently home to more than 200 marine animal species and is the first Marine Protected Area in Canada. Sea lions can be seen sunbathing on the beach during summer.

To get there, take Marine Drive west from the Lions Gate Bridge past Lighthouse Park to Horseshoe Bay and then continue on to 7100 Block Marine Drive.


  1. ^ Fox, Margaret and Angela Keown. (1971). Cha-Hai (Horseshoe Bay) A Look at the Past! Gleneagles Parent Teacher Association, 49 Pages.
  2. ^ Ommundsen, Peter D. (1997). Bowen Island Passenger Ferries. The Sannie Transportation Company 1921-1956. Cape West Publishing, 64 pp.

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Hiking trails around Whytecliff Park