Recreation & Attractions

Local Attractions Overview

Beachview Retreat, in a quiet residential setting, is close to the best of everything that the greater Vancouver area has to offer. Here is a list of some of the highlights which we have sorted based on how long it takes to get there.

Want to know more about these places? Read on for brief descriptions and links. Please do not hesitate to email us to ask anything at all about what to do and see while staying in our area.


Kayaking at Deep Cove


Within Walking Distance

  • Kayaking / Canoeing / Paddleboarding
  • Hiking Trails
  • The Village of Deep Cove
  • Cates Park & the Shores of Indian Arm
  • Restaurants & Shops

Within 15 Minutes by Car

  • Mount Seymour
  • Lynn Canyon
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Grouse Mountain
  • Lonsdale Quay & Seabus to downtown Vancouver

Within 30 Minutes by Car

  • Downtown Vancouver
  • Cypress Mountain
  • Lighthouse Park
  • Horseshoe Bay and the Ferry Terminal to Vancouver Island & Sunshine Coast
  • Howe Sound & the Sea to Sky highway

Within 60 Minutes by Car

  • Vancouver International Airport
  • Bellingham, Washington
  • Squamish, BC

The Seawall at Stanley Park


Descriptions and Links

Within Walking Distance

The Village of Deep Cove
Originally cottage country for Vancouverites, Deep Cove with it’s stunningly beautiful setting, is still a popular destination offering access to ocean sports and hiking trails. With several restaurants and shops many of our guests find themselves returning again and again (as do we).

Cates Park and the Shores of Indian Arm
This historic park just minutes from our front door offers several miles of tranquil wooded walking trails, children’s play areas, picnic tables, beaches and swimming.

Restaurants and Shops
In addition to all that Deep Cove has to offer (see their website), the Dollarton Village Shopping Centre is about two blocks away. Here you can dine (fast or slow), shop for groceries, buy wine and spirits, go to a bank or just hang out at the local Starbucks.

Within 15 Minutes by Car

Mt Seymour Provincial Park 
Our children learned to ski on Mt Seymour. They also learned to mountain bike on the world-class biking trails. They also learned about hiking on the rugged backcountry trails. A short drive delivers you to the doorstep to the thousands of acres of amazing wilderness.

Lynn Canyon
Since 1912 Lynn Canyon has been a popular destination. A suspension bridge over the Lynn River is a thrilling start to several awesome walking trails.

capilano bridge

The Capilano Suspension Bridge

Capilano Suspension Bridge
This is one of Vancouver’s top attractions visited by millions of people.

Grouse Mountain
Grouse Mountain is another one of Vancouver’s top attractions. After ascending the mountain via a gondola there are a variety of activities to enjoy, both summer and winter. For hiking enthusiasts, forget the gondola and test your fitness level: climb the renowned Grouse Grind.

Lonsdale Quay & Seabus to downtown Vancouver
With over 80 speciality shops and services and a fabulous view across Burrard Inlet to downtown Vancouver, Lonsdale Quay Market is a great place to visit. North Vancouver’s ‘main drag’ – Lonsdale Avenue – ends at this waterfront location and there are many excellent restaurants in the area. Don’t want to drive to downtown Vancouver? Then take the Seabus. This passenger-only ferry links Lonsdale Quay for the 12 minute trip to Vancouver.


A view of downtown Vancouver from False Creek


Within 30 Minutes by Car

Downtown Vancouver
Any brief description we might attempt will just not do. We are here to help you with ideas, maps and brochures and to help you plan your visit to this wonderful city. Beachview Retreat is 17km (10 mi) from the city centre by car. In non-rush hour traffic, the drive takes about 20 minutes (35 – 40 from nearby public transportation options).

Cypress Mountain
Cypress Mountain is the most westerly of the three ski resorts that grace the northshore mountains. In the summer Cypress offers a variety of alpine hikes throughout the Provincial Park with the opportunity to enjoy not only beautiful scenery but lots of wildlife as well.

Lighthouse Park
Lighthouse Park has a network of hiking trails along the shores of Burrard Inlet in West Vancouver, BC. Scenic views abound.

Horseshoe Bay and the Ferry Terminal to Vancouver Island & Sunshine Coast
There are two ferry terminals in the greater Vancouver area that can take you to Vancouver Island: Horseshoe Bay & Tsawwassen. Because Horseshoe Bay is an uncomplicated 30 minutes away and because you must traverse the city to get to Tsawwassen, (one hour in light traffic) we tend to recommend using Horseshoe Bay even if your destination is Victoria. In any event, here is the link to the BC Ferries website which is an excellent tool for planning your route.

Howe Sound & the Sea to Sky Highway
The Sea to Sky Highway from Horseshoe Bay to Squamish (Hwy 99 to Whistler) is an intensely scenic stretch of highway. With Howe Sound to the east and the Coast Mountain Range towering above, the road to Whistler is a destination in itself. Drivers are cautioned that it may be difficult to concentrate on the road. A short story: Guests visiting from New Zealand raved about the scenic beauty of one of New Zealand’s jewels: Milford Sound. While driving with them along this stretch of Hwy 99 with Howe Sound laid out before us Angus remarked, “Uh, I think I might have oversold Milford Sound a bit”.