John Lawson Park

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.

Public Washroom Renovations

The public washroom facilities in John Lawson Park were built in 2001 and are in need of interior renovations and upgrades.

This work is scheduled to begin June 4 and is expected to be complete by June 30. During this time, temporary washrooms will be available.

Every effort to complete the work in accordance with District bylaws will be made. Extended hours may be necessary to finish the project by June 30.

We thank you for your patience as we complete this necessary upgrade.

Picnic Guidelines

Before you pack your picnic, be sure to read the guidelines and check for current swimming and barbecue restrictions as they may change. 

Picnic Guidelines

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.


John Lawson Park is located at the foot of 17th Street at the waterfront. A parking lot and street-side parking are available.



Current Fire Danger Rating

The current fire danger rating is MODERATE.

Closures: none at this time

Note: Barbecues are permanently banned at Lighthouse Park.

Summer Fire Safety

Picnic Guidelines

BC Wildfire

Updated: June 19, 2018


  • picnic tables, some sheltered
  • washrooms
  • information kiosk
  • drinking fountain


No dogs are allowed in John Lawson Park. Check out Dogs in Parks for information on off-leash areas, licensing and more.

Dogs in Parks