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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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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
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!
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
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!
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!
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
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!.
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
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
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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