If you’re visiting Vancouver and decide to go outside of it to visit new spots, a must see place is Whytecliff Park, especially if you’re into nature. It’s only about 20 minutes outside the city and this article will show you the beauty of this small, but gorgeous park that has many adventures you can take, including:
- Walking to literal islands near the park during low tide.
- Scuba diving.
- And more.
Why Whytecliff Park is so special to me:
I visited Whytecliff Park all the way back in 2005, when I was only 18 years old during my first trip to Vancouver. At the time I had relatives who lived in the Vancouver area who invited me to see them for a few days and since they love nature too, this was one of the places they took me to.
I’ll never forget how beautiful and clean the city was itself, but it was when they took me to see Whytecliff Park, that was when I was truly amazed. I believe that place may have triggered something in my mind that made me feel infatuated with nature, all the way to today.
Luckily, I’ve been able to dig up the old pictures I took when I went there so I’d like to share what you can experience there and/or if you decide to visit the greater Vancouver area, to absolutely stop by this park:
When I first saw this specific spot, I made a promise that I would one day return and in 2019, I did, during a western Canada road trip I did. On that road trip, I began by visiting Vancouver Island, followed by Vancouver itself, then heading up to Whistler where I made sure to visit Whytecliff Park, then all the way to the Canadian Rockies in Alberta.
But despite the awe of all those places I saw on my trip, Whytecliff Park still holds a very special place in my heart and going back there once more was truly nostalgic.
Where you’ll find Whytecliff Park:
As I said, this place is very close to Vancouver so if you’re visiting, going here shouldn’t be a problem. It’s actually a very small park, something that I realized when I went back there the second time, but the beauty that originally drew me to this place was still there and I will go back when I get the chance again.
Here are 5 activities you can do at Whytecliff Park:
I mentioned them above, but I’d like to get into more details on them here:
Despite being a relatively small park, you’ll find some beginner level and challenging hikes in this area. In fact, while going through my old pictures the first time I went there, I found one where I went up to the top of one of the rocky hills in this park, with steps drilled into it:
And the picture you saw above was another iconic spot in Whytecliff park you can walk down to. This area is a small gorge with beautiful scenery:
2) Beach walks.
The beaches in this park is stunning, the water is clean and the scenery is magnificent. And the thing is, this park may have cloudy or rainy weather often, but I have found that no gloomy weather affects the beauty of this place. In fact, I found that the more cloudy the weather here, the more beautiful the nature looks.
Provided the weather there is good enough for it, the peace and scenery of this park is perfect for picnics. It’s quiet, tranquil and almost other worldly.
4) Walking to the other islands near Whytecliff park (during low tide).
This aspect of the park and the western Canadian area stunned me when I first heard about it, but during low tide, certain spots, particularly in this park are so shallow and even ascended to the point that you can just walk across one island to another.
If you’re going to do this, always make sure to check when the low tide will actually be at it’s peak before going and of course, time it so that you can get back to your original destination before high tide traps you.
5) Scuba diving.
I never did it, but I found out that Whytecliff Park has that option available. Considering all the animal life that is in this area (whales, dolphins, killer whales, seals, ect…), it would certainly make for a great adventure and considering how awesome the nature looks on land, I can only imagine how awesome it looks below the water there.
Additionally, this park is located near a very nice looking neighborhood and island so the scenic drives you can around this spot are also plentiful.
Other things to consider is going further north and basically repeating my Western Canadian road trip itinerary. If you have the time and a few extra hours, be sure to visit Whitlser and Shannon Falls that are about 1 hour away from Whytecliff Park (both are north of it).
Overall the whole area near and surrounding Whytecliff park is worth exploring if you’re into nature and I hope you get a chance to do it. I loved both of my visits to this small, but adventurous area and I’m certain you’ll feel similarly if you visit it too.
There’s so many areas near Vancouver worth seeing, including in it, but sometimes the most overlooked places, such as this one are easy to miss, considering how small it is, but I hope you’ll take the time to visit this park. Even spending a few hours there is worth it.