The park is a Salt Water Marine Protected Area as of 1993. The park signs indicate the region is a protected wild seal habitat area. And on many occasions, this is so true, as seals are often spotted sunbathing on the hot rocks on Whytecliff Island.
The park is also a popular destination for scuba diving. The seals watch the divers and the divers watch the seals. Other activities in the park which are enjoyed include swimming, birdwatching, hiking and picnicking.
In the lower section of the park is a pebbled-rocky beach decorated with driftwood logs. It is not much of a sunbathing beach but it s a swimming area. Most decide to sunbathe on the nearby grassy knolls and lawns.
At low tide there is an exposed spit made of boulders and rocks which connects the park to Whytecliff Island. Time your tides right and one can walk the boulder spit out to the island and enjoy some great views of Howe Sound.
Whytecliff Park is a forested and rocky park. There are pebbled beaches down low and forested areas inland. The groves of trees range from old growth douglas fir to distorted and shedding arbutus trees.
The park is surrounded by bodies of water like Cliff Cove, Queen Charlotte Channel, Howe Sound and Batchelor Bay. From some of the rocky bluffs and hiking trails one can sightsee the ocean views and marine activity which surrounds the park.
Most of the hiking trails are located in the top section of the park near the overflow parking lot. And some of the trails and rocky bluffs have sightseeing benches.
Some of the services and amenities in the park include a playground, picnic day use area, tennis courts, observation pavilion, outdoor shower and an off leash dog area.
Marine Drive West Vancouver, British Columbia Canada