Overview of Point Atkinson

Point Atkinson

Vancouver, BC


Point Atkinson is found at the tip of Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver, entrance to the vast Burrard Inlet. This site is a fantastic vantage point for getting a glimpse of all the indigenous marine life. Along with the impressive trail system, basic facilities are available. See your local dive shop for the seasonal conditions and requirements.

Directions: Located on the Southwestern tip of West Vancouver, access is via Marine Drive. From Vancouver, take the Lionsgate Bridge North and exit on Marine Drive West and drive about 11km. The entrance below will be on your left.

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07/30/2003 Kevin Hogan (Avg: 3.34 Review) - It's a beautiful park, accessible by bus. Light House Park is an enjoyable place to spend time snorkeling. Wouldn't suggest scuba, as the entry point is about 1 kilometre down a trail from the parking lot. Visibility wasn't great, I've heard it's better in winter but brrrrr. Go at low tide.

08/29/2002 Mike Coss (Avg: 2.98 Review) - These pictures are not of Point Atkinson, but Light House Park. Point Atkinson is another 8km up the road, but it is a good local dive. Good viz in the winter and a pretty good variety of marine life. If you take your time and look you will find Octopus, a wide variety of crabs and fish, and lots of small invertabrate life. This dive is probably better as a night dive and on the weekends parking is hard to find.

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GPS: VA0801


Entrance at Point Atkinson 

Looking East, the entrance is well-marked.


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GPS: VA0802


Parking at Point Atkinson 

Plenty of parking with the trial head in the background.

Trail Head

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GPS: VA0803


Trail Head at Point Atkinson 

Now the Catch: You have a 950 meter walk to the water's edge. Bring your tank cart with you and plan on making a slow, leisurely trip to and from your car.

Trail Head

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GPS: VA0804


Trail Head at Point Atkinson 

Just before you reach the entrance to the lighthouse buildings, make a left and find the East Beach Trail behind this women's restroom. Wind your way down a rocky trail to the water's edge.




Overview at Point Atkinson 

You'll enter farther to the left.


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GPS: VA0806


Entry at Point Atkinson 

This is a great protected entry on calm days. Be aware that you are especially vulnerable to current in this area. Always dive it with an experienced diver first!

Last Verification: July, 2001  


Diver Averages for  Point Atkinson  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  3.50
Bottom Conditions:  3.00
Reef Conditions:  3.00
Animal Life:  3.00
Plant Life:  3.50
Facilities:  3.50
Solitude 2.50
Roads:  3.50
*Site Average:  3.16

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  2.50
Beginner Scuba:  3.00
Intermediate Scuba:  3.00
Advanced Scuba:  2.50
Night diving Scuba:  3.50

Number of reviews for this site: 2


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