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Parkhurst Ghost Town

The last remaining house is quite something.  Painted on the outside recently with a haunting apparition of a face.  So unnaturally blue in a a place with only natural colours.  The inside of the house is strangely large with three rooms and an opening to an attic.  Every inch of the place looks full of history.  It seems to have housed a considerable number of people since it's initial abandoning in the 50's.

Parkhurst Ghost Town

River of Golden Dreams Canoe Route


Parkhurst can be reached by at least three ways.  By hiking or biking in via the Sea to Sky Trail from either the edge of Lost Lake near Nicholas North golf course or from the other end of Green Lake near the highway turnoff for Wedgemount Lake.  However, the third way to reach it is by canoe.  Either straight across Green Lake from the boat launch just opposite Parkhurst(just off Highway 99), or from Green River of Golden Dreams in WhistlerLake Park, also directly across from Parkhurst and very close to the highway.

Or better yet by launching your canoe in at the River of Golden Dreams at the terminus of Lorimer Rd near Whistler Village.  This is a beautiful route that takes the very beautiful and tame River of Golden Dreams through the forest and parks between Alta Lake and Green Lake.  You go with the current and paddle with little effort.  Even in Green Lake the current pulls you slightly.

Paddling the whole time you can reach Parkhurst in as little as an hour from the Lorimer Rd.  But at a relaxed pace it takes about 1.5 to 2 hours.  Once reaching Green Lake it is best to follow the coast on your right and in about 15 minutes you will spot the big tractor pictured above which is next to a nice grassy area to exit.

After Parkhurst you can paddle directly opposite Green Lake to the dock and boat launch.  From here it's only a $10 taxi ride back to retrieve your car from Lorimer Rd.

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Parkhurst Tractor on Green Lake

 

Lighthouse Park - Squamish Hiking Guide May

Lighthouse Park - Squamish & Sea to Sky Trails


Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver is an extraordinarily little know piece of paradise, so close to to Vancouver as to see its tall buildings, yet immersed into a dramatically beautiful coastal Lighthouse Park - Squamish Hking Guide Mayrainforest.  A wonderful network of trails winds throughout massive Douglas-fir trees and Western Red Cedars as well as golden Arbutus trees stretching toward the ocean.

There are so many great aspects of this hike.  The first is the beautiful drive to get there.  Marine Drive spectacularly hugs the rugged and steep coast of West Vancouver.  Another is the wonderful variation of trails.  They stretch out in several directions in the thick forest, each leading to breathtaking ocean viewpoints.

Another is the variety of wildlife.  Along with the majestic trees there are the occasional bald eagles, oystercatchers, seagulls, shore crabs, hermit crabs and starfish, among quite a lot else.

Another is the seemingly endless array of picnic tables and even better, rock outcrops at the edge of the Georgia Strait and Pacific Ocean beyond.  All this just a short and beautiful 40 minutes south of Squamish.  Amazing.

Over 5 kilometres of trails wind through the forest and to various ocean views.  Even on a busy, sunny day, you can often find an quite rocky outcrop far from the noise of the big city.  The rocky shoreline has several amazing, flat and ocean smoothed areas to stretch out in the sun.  Vancouver and the Lions Gate Bridge way off in the distance and enormous tankers sit in Burrard Inlet.  Sailboats, fishing boats and motor boats silently cruise by, their motors drowned out by the crashing waves just below you.

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Lighthouse Park View of Vancouver

The first lighthouse was built at Point Atkinson in 1874.  The land around it that was to become Lighthouse Park was set aside to provide a dark backdrop for the new lighthouse.  The lighthouse you now see was built in 1912.  During World War II, search lights and gun emplacements were installed at Point Atkinson to watch over Burrard Inlet.  Some buildings from that ere remain along with interesting photos depicting the area during that time.

Lighthouse Park Aerial Video

Over 5 kilometres of trails wind through the forest and to various ocean views.  Even on a busy, sunny day, you can often find an quite rocky outcrop far from the noise of the big city.  The rocky shoreline has several amazing, flat and ocean smoothed areas to stretch out in the sun.  Vancouver and the Lions Gate Bridge way off in the distance and enormous tankers sit in Burrard Inlet.  Sailboats, fishing boats and motor boats silently cruise by, their motors drowned out by the crashing waves just below you.

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