Where the forest meets the sea is where you will find Cates Park in North Vancouver. The largest waterfront park in the district, it is part of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. Its ancestral name is Whey-ah-Wichen, which is a Tsleil-Waututh word that means “facing the wind.”

The park features six kilometres of waterfront trails, playgrounds, picnic shelters, beaches and a year-round boat launch. It is a perfect launching point to explore the coastline or venture into Indian Arm by kayak or canoe, and a favourite location to host our paddlesport programs.

Keep an eye out for
  • Seals, eagles and other animals that call the area home.
  • The trail to Little Cates Park, which features a large grassy area, playground and washrooms.
  • In July, teams from throughout the Coast Salish territory visit Cates Parks for the Whey-ah-wichen Canoe Festival.
Know before you go
How to get there

The park is located at 4000 Dollarton Highway, east of the Second Narrows Bridge (see Google maps). This park is accessible by public transit.