Top 5 Playgrounds in the North Shore

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Published Oct 2, 2014

The North Shore is home to some fabulous parks. Pilar Alba, a local, reviews the top 5 playgrounds in the area. If you haven't checked these out, you definitely should soon!

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SAINT ANDREWS PARK

Situated in the corner of 11th street and St. Georges, Saint Andrews Park is one of my favorite playgrounds in North Vancouver. It is fully gated and it has a paved track around it, so you can seat down and watch your little munchkins go around and around in their bicycles/tricycles or “Flintstone style” in one of the push cars that are available at the park for anyone to use.

It also has two sets of swings, one for babies and one for older kids; a big sand box with buckets, shovels and other plastic toys that are there for everyone to share (or not, depending on the kid in question) and another even bigger space were kids can play with sand and water during the summer.

As well there is a grassy area ideal for kicking a ball around or having a picnic, but watch out for supper fast kiddos going down a little slope on their plastic vehicles (the slope is my son’s favorite feature of this particular playground).  All of this within a safe and enclosed space where there’s enough to do so you can spend all morning/afternoon there!


CATES PARK

Located in the 4000 block of Dollarton Highway, this waterfront park is just stunning. This is another place to spend at the very least a couple of hours, though I recommend dedicating an entire day to exploring the many features that it has to offer.

It has an amazing playground divided into two areas, one for little kids and one for older kids; completed with swings, slides, climbing walls, activity walls, a seesaw big enough to fit 6 kids (or 4 adults who are not in the least worried about everybody staring, simply because it is too much fun!)

It also has many large grassy sections ideal for playing with a ball, throwing your Frisbee or having a picnic. On the other side of the playground there is a little concession where you can buy fast-food and ice cream during the summer.  You can catch some live music during the Cates  Park Summer concerts for free, but the fun doesn’t end with the change of season; all year round you can go down to the beach and look for shells, little crabs, star fish among others (just remember to leave them as you found them) and be careful with the jelly fish.  The water is very clean so you can absolutely go for a swim, or if you prefer go explore the trails around.

There’s plenty of parking and washrooms available. Overall, Cates Park is an amazing place with gorgeous views and lots to do!


INTER-BICYCLE PARK

North Vancouver has been declared and I quote “The best riding spot ever” by the Mountain Bike Magazine, so, I feel compelled to write a review on a bike park, and what better spot than Inter-bicycle park? Located between Lynn Creek and Seymour River, accessible from Lillooet Road, this park is surrounded by various sports fields and trails.

It is an ideal place for both beginners and more skilled riders, so you can bring your little ones to practice on the easy slopes and let their big brothers (sisters) to attack the hard runs. It has about 3 different levels of difficulty and the trails connect with Richard Juryn Trails and Seymour Greenway so parents can enjoy a brisk walk on the trails as well.

A cool place that your kids will appreciate and were all the family can have tons of fun, don’t forget to be safe and make sure your kids wear the proper riding gear so they are protected!


JOHN LAWSON PARK

You can find this beautiful park in West Vancouver on Argyle Avenue between 16th and 17th. The waterfront location offers supreme views of the Lion’s Gate bridge and Stanley Park; you can bring your family for a picnic, a swim in the ocean or simply to enjoy the newly renovated playground.

The playground features a pirate ship, a train, a sort of funky tree house, a water park (open from May long weekend to Labor Day in September) and a xylophone among others.

 Its architecture is creative, colorful and very imaginative and has been nationally recognized with an award for excellence in landscape design.

There’s plenty of grass to play on or lay a blanket and take a nap under a tree, as well there’s a large area with picnic tables and bring your own charcoal barbecues.

This is by far my favorite park/playground in West Vancouver and my two highly energetic boys (ages 4 and 7) approve as well since there are plenty of things to climb on, large grassy areas to run on, and an Ice cream parlor two blocks down, yum!.


BRIDGEMAN PARK

Located in Lynnmouth Avenue, this is a park where you can bring your furry friend along! (preferably a dog, but who am I to judge?) It has an off-leash trail alongside the creek; just note the signs for on-leash areas.

Bridgeman Park is also a kid friendly hiking trail with easy flat areas for the little ones and perfect wide paths for your older children to ride their bicycle and even for mums/dads to bring their strollers. So, it is basically a fun place for all the family.

The little playground has a couple of awesome (yes, I’ve tried them) slides, climbers, swings, etc. 

Surrounded by beautiful trees, it is the perfect spot for making my kids lay on the ground while I make a rain of dry leaves fall on them during autumn. You actually feel away from the city, although it is very close to Hwy 1 and the trails eventually connect with Lynn Canyon and Lynn Headwaters.  Enjoy!


Written by Pilar Alba

Born and raised in Mexico; single mother of two fun silly boys. 

The North Shore has been my home for over 10 years and I love it! I am constantly looking for fun (preferably free) activities for my family as well as new ways to channel that extra energy that my boys always seem to have.

Writing is the best way to express the challenges and joys of being a mother and I do it in the hopes that this will help  other parents as well. I hope you enjoy my blog!

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