Brockton Point, Stanley Park

The Lighthouse at Brockton Point in Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia is one of the many stops along the nine kilometre seawall on its northern edge. Located at its most north-easterly edge, the Point is hard to see in the dark which makes the lighthouse an important piece of Stanley Park. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE: www.venturevancouver.com

The Lighthouse which stands at Brockton Point is fully functional, warning boats to stay away from its shallow shores.

STATS

Type:

Lighthouse

Season:

All Seasons

Weather:

All Weather

Time:

30 minutes

Cost:

Free

What to bring:

Camera, Binoculars, Sense of Curiosity

Brockton Point encompasses the peninsula at the most north-easterly edge of Stanley Park. This peninsula offers wide ranging views of North Vancouver and the Downtown Core as well as the entirety of the Burrard Inlet. The Brockton Point Lighthouse sits at the edge of Park, one of two fully functioning lighthouses operated by the Canadian Coast Guard. There are two levels to Brockton Point, the top which holds the Lighthouse, benches and a parking lot and the lower level where the seawall (sans bike path) winds underneath what was once a proposed boathouse. With its amazing visibility to watch the ships moving in and out of the harbour, Brockton Point is a favourite stop in Stanley Park.

Brockton Point on the most north-easterly shore of Stanley Park sits on a peninsula stretching out into the Burrard Inlet.

The point encompasses many Stanley Park landmarks such as the Port of Vancouver information lookout, lighthouse and is located near the famed Stanley Park Totem Poles, Hallelujah Point and the Nine O'clock Gun.

Brockton Point offers a spectacular inlet view spanning from the Lion's Gate Bridge to the West and through the entire Burrard Inlet to Coal Harbour. This magnificent view includes the docks and shipping lanes important to Canadian trade and commerce on its western shores, and a stunning city view of both North Vancouver and the Downtown Core.

The Vancouver skyline has many identifiable structures such as Canada Place with its five pristine white sails, Harbour Centre Lookout with its round observation deck and the Shangri-La, the tallest building in Vancouver.

The red loading cranes can be seen to the east and it is not uncommon to see vessels leaving and entering the harbour. Large piles of sulphur, woodchips, grains and other exports can be seen lining the shores, waiting for loading.

Brockton Point's most admired feature is the red and white lighthouse that sits at its edge. A fully functioning Lighthouse (one of two on Stanley Park, the other located on the edge of the Seawall under Prospect Point), it is owned and operated by the Canadian Coast Guard. The original Lighthouse was built in 1890 and a permanent structure was complete in 1915, the one still in use today. The necessity of a lighthouse on this site has been evident by the dozens of shipwrecks that have occurred along Stanley Park's treacherous shores - a cross at Brockton Point was erected to pay tribute to those who have perished on its shores.

Brockton Point is no stranger to death as early settlers used the point and nearby Deadman Island as burial grounds before the official Mountain View Cemetery was created in 1867. A plaque on the lower seawall at Brockton Point commemorates the early use of the site as a graveyard.

Brockton Point with its rich roots in Vancouver's history and its stunning views offers a look into the past and present of Stanley Park and the surrounding city as well as a great place to take a rest and enjoy the mountains, the boats and the panoramic views.

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Brockton Point offers one of the most defined views of the Burrard Inlet; from The Lion's Gate Bridge to the city of Vancouver with stunning sights such as the large ships passing through the seaway and he float planes taking off from Coal Harbour
The arch existed from when the space under the Lighthouse at Brockton Point was slated to become a Boathouse but was scrapped when the tides along Stanley Park proved too treacherous. The arches offer views to Downtown Downtown and North Vancouver
Brockton Point in Stanley Park, Vancouver British Columbia was once used as a graveyard for early settlers to the region. Although most graves were moved with the inception of the Park in 1888, it is an interesting part of the area's history which now serves as the Park's most north-westerly point and includes a lighthouse to guide boaters away from its shores.


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Brockton Point is at the far north-east section of Stanley Park along Park Dr. near the Totem Poles.
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