I wanted to do a separate post just on our recent outing on BC’s Family Day to Lighthouse Park because it has honestly been one of our top outings thus far. Why? Well let me tell you!
Because I have been home schooling my oldest daughter Abigail we have had the chance to take regular outings and turn them into teaching moments. This past month we have been learning about light. On one of our school days we talked briefly about Lighthouses so I thought it would be really cool to go and let her see one up close.
My husband started researching local places that we would be able to visit and although I knew of one on Vancouver Island we were not up for making that trip. A friend of ours gave one of our daughters a board book for her 2nd birthday about Vancouver. One of the last pages says, “shine all night Point Atkinson lighthouse…” and Jon having the great memory that he has remembered and looked it up online. We found that it was in West Vancouver and to get as close as you can there is a little trail.
The trail was perfect for the ages our kids are, 4, 3 and 1 year old. David went in the hiker, Abigail and Elizabeth were able to walk. It took us about 30 mins to get to the first look out. This was with numerous stops, taking the time to see all the information boards they had and exploring along the way. I loved the information boards! Especially the World War II one. Click here for more historical information on Lighthouse Park.
The girls were thrilled when we arrived at the main viewing point. After we took some time at this view point learning a bit more about how lighthouses work we headed back down to another view point where you could get a little closer.
|I took on the photographer role and Jon took on the teacher role.|
|This was as close as you can get. Abigail would have liked to get even closer!|
|There were two eagles resting right on top. BONUS!|
After we were done looking at the lighthouse and learning, it was time to eat. Because it was raining there wasn’t too many places to sit down and eat but we made due with what was around us and had a good little lunch! The kiddos were ready to go towards the beach area after so we packed up and started out again.
As soon as I saw the clearing, the huge rocks and beach area I just wanted to run! My blood started warmed me up and my heart started pumping faster! I love adventure so much. I first had my taste of it 7 years ago when I did a program called Kaleo. This adventure made me realize just how much I have missed it. The best part was seeing my girls love it as much as I do, Abigail especially. She to just wanted to run down. She loves climbing so this was amazing for her. The rest of the time was spent climbing all the rock faces, looking out into the ocean and taking pictures all together. Best. Day. Ever.
To summarize here are the top reasons to visit Lighthouse Park
1.) It is local, West Vancouver. I live in Langley so it was a bit of a drive, just over an hour however it was well worth it. (anything with in an hours drive I consider pretty local).
2.) Perfect for kids. So many things to learn and see and explore!
3.) Learn a little bit about Canadian History
4.) Perfect for pictures. I was dreaming of doing an engagement or family session there! (email me if you’re interested!! 😉 insert shameless plug here! firstname.lastname@example.org
5.) Good place to visit rain or shine. It was a bit gloomy when we went but if you have the proper gear, which I suggest to invest in if you are wanting to adventure, it was great. I am looking forward to visiting on a sunny day.