John Lawson Park
Foot of 17th Street, West Vancouver, BC
This park is named after one of West Vancouver's first pioneers, John Lawson, who bequeathed part of his waterfront property to the District.
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Profile Last Updated: October 20, 2008
This beautiful park in West Vancouver is a great place to bring the family on long weekends for a day by the ocean. A favourite among locals, this park was named after John Lawson because in 1872 the pioneer built his home here on the waterfront. In 1905, John Lawson and family purchased the property and called their home Hollyburn House in recognition of the holly trees, which grew on the bank of what is now known as Lawson Creek. The surrounding area has since become known as Hollyburn. The holly bush, his favourite tree, near the children's pool was planted by Lawson himself. This was also once the location of Lawson's original ferry operation.
A Great Park by the Ocean
The park is enjoyed by families and boasts a large number of picnic and barbeque areas, a children's playground, beach access and a children's wading pool during the summer months. It is also a popular starting point for the Centennial Seawalk. The pier is a great place from which to admire the views, and is used by some as a sport fishing area.
This park has great amenities to make for a great picnic or family barbeque. In addition to a gravel and sand beach and the swimming that goes along with it, this park has charcoal barbecues picnic tables and a sheltered area in case it rains. If the kids get tired of swimming and playing on the beach, there is a playground and wading pool to explore for even more fun.