Jesse Dean Cook. Discovering West Vancouver's Most Glamorous Properties.

 

Today is the day that every kid and kid at heart has been waiting for...the Grand re-opening of John Lawson Park's Playground. This has been under construction throughout the summer and looks nothing like the photo above so you will have to see for yourself what this amazing kids heaven looks like.

 

The artist rendering of the fully transformed park is below and at 2:00pm today (September 27th) there will be speeches, ribbon cutting and most important, cake.

 

Located at the very south end of the 17th Street you will find ample free 4 hour parking...another benefit of living in West Van (who likes paying for parking?).

 

Enjoy the new park and have a great weekend.

 

Best regards,

 

Jesse Dean Cook

 

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The Sea to Sky Highway is one of the most beautiful and pictureque stretches of pavement in the entire world. For those of us who live here sometimes we forget that this is literally in our back-yard and extends all the way to Whistler (actually it is Pemberton).

 

Given the highway is not what is was (thank goodness), it can be a wonderful spur of the moment thing to simply take off and drive to Whistler for a coffee, and drive home to take in a magical sunset. Sounds simple, and it is, but winding thru mountains and over the waters edge can really recharge your batteries for the week ahead. 

 

For the more adventurous (and those in great shape), hopping on your road bike and riding to Whistler is a fantastic work-out and the views are unbeatable.

 

Depending on how your drive (watch out for Police!) the drive to Whistler from West Vancouver is 1 to 1 1/2 hours each way. Stop in for a bite at the Village, a swim at Rainbow beach or simply grab a coffee and head back home!

 

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Believe it or not it is mid-August (gasp) and something that is a must-do in the summer is touring around beautiful West Vancouver and the surrounding area by boat. 

 

Don't have a boat? Not to worry as the great people at Sewell's Marina in Horseshoe Bay can set you up. This is a wonderful and affordable way for you to show friends from out of town a day they will never forget. Also, this can be a great idea for a family, or a couple to spend some quality time together. Bring a picnic to eat before/after at Horseshoe Bay Park or dine at any of the fine local Horseshoe Bay restaurants.

 

You'll want to call ahead to reserve just in case and all of the information is provided in the link below. Be safe on the water and enjoy.

 

http://www.sewellsmarina.com/boatrentals.html

 

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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The West Vancouver Lawn Bowling Club is tucked away on a piece of prime West Vancouver Real Estate. Most of you will drive not knowing that on the corner of 20th Street and Marine Drive is a facility and clubhouse that is second to none according to its Director (and BC Champion!) Tim Mason.

 

The club was established way back in 1931, and in 1934 the clubhouse was built. Membership is extremely reasonable ($100 a year for first time members) and there currently are just over 200 members. There are two unbelievable outdoor greens that run almost year-round, however, when the weather doesn't cooperate there are indoor mats in the clubhouse (as well as Bridge!).

 

My wife and I went for the first time on Monday to practice for the upcoming Mason & Friends Charity Classic (I'll blog about this event tomorrow). The first thing we noticed is that the balls are not round like bocce, and one side is weighted heavier than the other. Therefore, the sport is a mxture of bocce, golf putting, curling and even billiards as you factor in breaks and strategy.

 

For only $5.00 you can drop in and this is truly a sport for all ages. The facility is licensed (of course) so enjoying a nice cold beer while throwing bowls is as relaxing as it gets. For more information please go to the link below...why not try something new this summer!

 

http://www.westvanlbc.ca/

 

 

 

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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Some of you might be wondering what yacht just travelled along the shores of West Vancouver heading west.

 

When a boat (or yacht) rivals the size of the many of the freighters that are anchored in the Burrard Inlet, people take notice! It was unbelievable to watch this gorgeous and amazing yacht in person and here are a few details.

 

The yacht is called "Serene," is 439 feet long and can be chartered for 3,750,000 Euro's per week!

 

The website is fantastic and I recommend taking a look: http://www.ycoyacht.com/yacht/serene/

 

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

 

 

Best regards,

 

Jesse Dean Cook

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If you are tired of taking Spot, Dusty, Diggity or Fred (love the human names for dogs) for the usual stroll around the block it is time to take advantage of this summer weather and head down to the amazing Dog Park at Ambleside Beach!

 

With so much space and so many other dogs to play with, your hound will be sound asleep the minute you get home. For us humans, there is so much action in the Burrard Inlet these days with all of the Cruise Ships, Yachts, Sailboats, Power Boats and even paddle-boarders going by. Ambleside Dog Park is truly one of the most wonderful places to spend an afternoon.

 

There is a great .pdf document that The City of West Vancouver has created and I have attached the link below for your convenience. It outlines everything you need to know and the few rules that you need to abide by. Enjoy your summer everyone!

 

http://westvancouver.ca/uploadedFiles/Parks_and_Environment/Activities/With_Your_Dog/off_leash_area_ambleside_park.pdf

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

 

 

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If you are a little gun-shy about learning to sail on a larger vessel, perhaps the Hollyburn Sailing Club will allow you to get out there and enjoy the beautiful ocean right on our doorstep!

 

Located in the heart of Ambleside, the Hollyburn Sailing Club has been around for 50 years and has taught more than 10,000 people how to sail. While teaching people of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels, the main focus of the club has been to encourage and teach children. There are so many positives of having your child learn the responsibilities that go along with sailing, and the respect you must have for the Mother Nature.

 

At the end of the day, we live in one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Taking it a step further, even if you are only 100 yards away from shore it feels as if you are in a different world when out on the water!

 

For more information including how you can take lessons this summer, please follow the link below.

 

http://www.hollyburnsailingclub.ca/

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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Are you into trying something new? How about outdoor Yoga during the summer right here in West Vancouver!

 

Nathalie Saunderson from Santosha Yoga Shala teaches two classes per week (Monday and Wednesday) at 9:30am right in Ambleside Park. "This is an all levels Vinyasa yoga class, that celebrates our strength and connection to where we live."


Drop in fees are $15 (cash) and below are directions on where to meet, and by clicking on her Facebook Page you will receive updates should any class be cancelled due to weather. Namaste.


Directions to classes at Ambleside Park: meet on the west side of the duck pond, near the all weather playing field. Each class will meet either on the field or at the concession stand and walk to the field as a group. If weather is non-permitting, a cancellation notice will be posted on both Santosha's Facebook page and here on the website the morning of.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/591705974183490/

 

http://www.santoshayogashala.ca/

 

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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Whytecliff Park is a fantastic place to spend an afternoon whether you are looking to skip rocks on the beach, or would rather go for a hike on the upper section of the park.

 

Families can bring their dogs along and set up shop for a picnic by the beach. People of all ages will enjoy trying to find ocean wildlife as well as see all of the passing sailboats, motor boats, cruise ships and freighters.

 

Given its location on the west side of Horseshoe Bay, you will see unbelievable sunsets as the sun dips below Passage Island and Bowen Island.

 

For more information including directions, please go to the below link.

 

http://www.vancouvertrails.com/trails/whytecliff-park/

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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Founded in 1945, The West Vancouver Yacht Club (WVYC) is nestled at the south-western tip of West Vancouver in beautiful Fishermans Cove.

 

The WVYC now has around 700 members and encompass juniors, intermediates, active and associates as well as seniors and social members. The WVYC has a truly wonderful community feel and holds many corporate events as well as weddings.

 

The WVYC is very well known for its top notch racing programs as yachts in all sizes and skill levels can race year round.  The location of the WVYC is such that wind is never generally an issue making it the most sought after location to moor in Metro Vancouver for any serious racer.

 

The highlights of the racing year are the Southern Straits Classic and the Pumpkin Bowl Regatta. These signature events attract competition from all around the Pacific northwest.


If you have always wanted to learn to sail now is the perfect time of year to cross that wish off of your list. Boating around Vancouver and the Gulf Islands is world renowned and I highly recommend taking advantage of this.

 

Below is a link for more information and happy sailing.

 

http://www2.wvyc.bc.ca/

 

 

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Jesse Dean Cook

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Lighthouse Park is a very popular park in West Vancouver due to its rugged hiking trails and unmatched sunsets. The area is approximately 185 acres and almost fully enveloped by rainforest.

 

The iconic Lighthouse at the southernmost tip of Point Atkinson was built in 1875 and protrudes right into the Burrard Inlet. Point Atkinson was discovered and named by Captain George Vancouver in 1792, and has since been included as a National Historic Site of Canada.

 

If you and your family are looking for a great hike and want to feel as though as you are as far away from the hustle and bustle of the city as possible, this is a great spot. Wear proper footwear and you can access the park from Beacon Lane off of Marine Drive.

 

Below is a link which will give you more information, and I hope you find time on a weekend to check out this fabulous hidden gem.

 

http://westvancouver.ca/Level3.aspx?id=1190

 

 

Best regards,

 

Jesse Dean Cook

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