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.

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.



Fire Danger Rating

Fire Danger Rating Extreme

Current fire danger rating: EXTREME

All barbecues (including propane) are banned at parks and beaches until further notice.

Prohibited year-round

  • open fires (including beach fires) anywhere in West Vancouver
  • smoking in parks and beaches
  • barbecues in Lighthouse Park

Summer Fire Safety

Picnic Guidelines

Fire Danger Ratings

Updated: Tuesday, July 27


  • picnic tables, some sheltered
  • washrooms (open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
  • information kiosk
  • drinking fountain
  • splash pad (closed for the season)

Splash Pad

The splash pad is closed for the season.


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