Cates Park | Whey-ah-Wichen
Cates Park is the largest waterfront park in North Vancouver. It’s ancestral name is Whey-ah-Wichen, which is a Tsleil-Waututh word that means “faces the wind”.
Cates Park is a great place to spend the day. You can explore the 6km waterfront walking trail that winds past sandy beaches and coastal rainforest. At low tide there is a perfect beach for beachcombing. You can search for starfish and crabs or just enjoy the beautiful scenery. There is also a nice, sandy swimming beach in front of the concession stand. There are no lifeguards on duty.
Play & Explore
Families with kids will enjoy the two playgrounds, large grassy areas to run around and play, sandy beach, and forest trails to explore. Explore the walking trails and check out the First Nations totem poles and canoe on display. At the far end of Cates Park there is a trail that connects to Little Cates Park, which also has a large grassy area, playground, areas to explore and washrooms.
Takaya Tours is a First Nation owned eco-tours business and is based out of Cates Park/ Whey-ah-Wichen. You can learn about local history and wildlife during their canoe tours, boat tours, walking tours, and spawning salmon tours during the mid-August to mid-November salmon season!
Picnics & Concession
At Cates Park you will find plenty of open grassy areas to put down a blanket for a picnic or play some games. Pack your own picnic or grab some food from Wally’s Burgers at the Cates Park Concession. The concession will be open on weekends only starting May 17, 2015. It will open daily from July 1 to September 7, 2015. Hours of operation are 11:30 am to 7:00 pm, weather dependent which means the concession is closed on rainy days.
If you would like to place an order for pickup, call Wally’s Burgers at 604-982-0336, or call their cell phone at 604-765-5692.
Concerts in Cates Park
If you are heading to Cates Park in the summer, you’ll want to arrive early as it can get quite busy and parking, though there is plenty can get tight. Check the schedule for summer Concerts in Cates Park, which usually run from mid-July to mid-August.
Cates Park Amenities Include:
- lots of free parking
- large picnic areas & picnic shelter
- tennis courts (4)
- kayak rentals
- boat launch with dock
- washrooms and change rooms
- concession stand (seasonal)
- beach swimming (summer)
- wheelchair access
Getting to Cates Park
Cates Park is located in the 4000 block of Dollarton Highway, east of the Second Narrows Bridge.