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Jericho Park duck pond

Jericho Park trails destination walk

Route statistics

Distance 1.41 km
Steps 1850
Elevation change 3 m

Jericho Beach Park is 46.71 hectares in area; however a walk around the duck pond and along the seawall path is only 1.41 km, or approximately 1,850 steps. On average, it will take about 25 minutes to complete. With several trails and the seawall extending along the shoreline, it is easy to add distance to this walk if you are inspired and able to go further.

Route description

Located in the neighbourhood of West Point Grey, Jericho Beach Park is situated just west of Kitsilano. Here you'll experience scenic views from the shoreline, and an abundance of wildlife and vegetation. All these provide diverse recreational opportunities and unparalleled views, Jericho Beach Park is a favourite destination to walk for many Vancouverites.

Note For those looking for a longer walk, you can combine this walk and the Spanish Banks walk by way of Locarno Beach. This route is approximately 3.8 km or 4986 steps.

Accessibility

This walk is wheelchair accessible. Pathways are made up of a mixture of pavement and hard packed gravel.

Route details

Follow these step by step directions so you don't miss anything along the route.

Points of interest

Jericho Beach

Jericho Beach

This area has a history of continuous redevelopment. Jericho was originally home to a First Nations village. In the 1860’s Jeremiah Rogers created a logging camp on the beach and logged most of Kitsilano. The site was known as “Jerry’s Cove”, which eventually evolved into what we call it now: Jericho. Rogers has been called "the greatest woodsman of them all”.

In the early 1900s, the driftwood strewn sand dunes of Jericho became home to The Vancouver Golf Club, the first course in Canada west of Ontario. It is said that the maintenance workers used tomato cans for each of its nine holes.

The area also served as a military air base in the early 1900's, many of the buildings found on the west side of the park remain from that use including the youth hostel, arts centre and Jericho Sailing Centre.

In the early 1970s, most of the buildings were demolished and the land was turned over to the Park Board, who developed it into a beautiful community park with many amenities. 

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Scenic views

Scenic views

The view here is incredible. An astonishing 180 degree view from the shoreline includes: an elegant row of moored sailboats which sweeps in front of the equally impressive expanse of downtown skyscrapers. The vast green of the Stanley Park forest is prominently featured, as well as the Lions Gate Bridge extending from Prospect Point. West Vancouver is visible in its entirety, directly across the bay. Behind the towering tankers, the majestic coastal mountains and most southern islands of Howe Sound extend into the horizon, making this diverse view an awe inspiring point for peaceful contemplation.

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Jericho Sailing Centre

Jericho Sailing Centre

Located at the west end of the Park, the Jericho Sailing Association offers lessons, and rentals for many water sports. The public Sailing Centre is home to the fabulous Galley Patio and Grill; perfect for enjoying a casual lunch and a view of people participating in various water sports in the bay. This side of the park is accessed by Discovery Street and a pay parking lot exists here as well. 

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