John Lawson Park
John Lawson Park is located at the foot of 17th Street at the waterfront.
John Lawson Park is an icon of West Vancouver history and heritage: in 1872, Navvy Jack Thomas, West Vancouver’s first non-native resident, built his home here. In 1905, John Lawson, the “father” of West Vancouver, settled in the same home with his family. Today, the park is a favourite spot for picnickers, swimmers and families. See for yourself why this been a West Vancouver hotspot for almost 150 years.
Parking at John Lawson Park
A parking lot and street-side parking are available. Public parking at the park is limited and fills up quickly in good weather. Parking lots will be closed when full. Please have an alternate plan and follow the instructions of traffic control personnel.
Seven parking stalls will be unavailable to the public from May 31 to mid-to-late August to accommodate construction.
Washrooms are open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the District has increased the frequency of cleaning in park washrooms.
The splash pad (the water fountain play area) will be in operation from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the summer.
Before you pack your picnic, be sure to read the guidelines and check for current swimming and barbecue restrictions as they may change.
Things to Do in the Park
With a new splash park and playground, your kids will love spending a day outdoors in West Vancouver's newest play area. The playground includes a whimsically updated pirate ship, modern playground equipment and walkways in and around the playground.
John Lawson Park is a great place to cool down during the hot summer months.
The pier at John Lawson Park has long been a favourite spot for boat watchers and sunset gazers.
John Lawson Park is the mid-point of the Seawalk, and a lovely place for a waterfront stroll.