Changes coming to the Beachhouse Restaurant at Dundarave Pier in West Vancouver

The waterfront spot operated by Earls is now undergoing major renovations

    1 of 3 2 of 3

      Stroll down to Dundarave Beach, and you’ll see the iconic Beachhouse Restaurant closed for renovations. The surrounding fence directs people to Earls Ambleside Beach; Earls operates the waterfront eatery that’s situated in a 106-year-old building.

      The refresh is expected to be complete late this summer.

      Last fall, West Vancouver council voted to rezone the Beachhouse. The district is to contribute $750,000 to the estimated $5-million project, according to the North Shore News.

      Although Earls runs the restaurant, the district owns the site and receives a percentage of the rent.

      The last day of service before renovations began at the Beachhouse was January 30.
      Gail Johnson.

      Earls is permitted to add a 689-square-foot two-storey addition, including an elevator, ramp, and accessible washrooms for improved access.

      As it stands now at about 33 feet tall, the building exceeds municipal height restrictions; the renos will see the roof peak lowered to about 26 feet.

      The upgrades will also include: a new pergola with retractable awning; new south-facing windows for better views of Burrard Inlet; the removal of the house’s fireplace (not original) and upper-level temporary tent; enhanced kitchen space: and an updated private-event space upstairs. The building will also get new mechanical, electrical, and emergency systems.

      Its seating capacity of 168 will not change.

      Part of the view from the Beachhouse.
      Gail Johnson.