Monday, February 21, 2011

Ambleside Dog Beach

On Friday I needed to stay close to home for a deal I was working on with some clients, but I potentially had a couple of hours spare and the weather was beautiful.  We headed over to the Dog Beach at Ambleside.

Access to the beach is along part of the newly developed Spirit Trail.  When completed the Spirit Trail will provide a predominately low-bank pedestrian and cycling route from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove. 

IMG_3779 The Spirit Trail running between Park Royal Mall and the Capilano River.

IMG_3780 Views North up the Capilano River.


Once in the officially designated off-leash dog park there are large grassy areas for the hounds to race around in.  We have to make the most of these facilities while they are here as the Squamish Nation who own this land sadly recently announced plans to develop condo buildings here, potentially ending decades of enjoyment of this small waterfront park.  As the municipality of West Vancouver have no jurisdiction over how the Squamish Nation land be developed it is highly likely this jewel of a dog park won’t be here for future generations.


The seawall trail is always busy, often more dogs than people.  It’s a very social place to stroll for both the dogs and their owners.


Views towards the South West


And back towards the Lions Gate Bridge against the morning sun.


Mojo takes in the view


From the far end of the beach we get views West along the shoreline with the residential towers of Dundarave and then Lighthouse Park on the far left hand side (the lighthouse itself just visible on the tip of the park).


The view North West from here across the beach towards the British Properties and Cypress Mountain in the background.


The recent snowfall make the North Shore mountains particularly impressive.


Finally a view of Grouse Mountain from the Ambleside Dog Beach.


A great spot to have a quick, easy walk and superb socialisation for the dogs.

I was busy working much of the weekend when the weather was even better – not a cloud in the sky for either day, We are forecast some wintery weather for the next couple of days, but a clearing towards the end of the week.  Hopefully we can get out on some more scenic walks then.


Doug said...

Nice shots of the frosting on the mountains. Looks like the doggies really own that area too. Wish it could be that sunny all winter long!

Henry said...

Beautiful photographs. I have two dachshunds and am always looking for good spots to walk them. I usually just head to Dogwood Park in South Surrey (just bought a unit in The Summit House) but once in awhile I like to drive to a new dog beach. Ambleside will be next on the list!

David and Adrian said...

Thanks Henry, since we have Mojo we nearly always walk in dog-friendly parks so check out some more ideas in our other posts !

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