Vancouverites have such an affinity for the water and there’s so many ways to get close and enjoy our rivers, lakes, coastal inlets and bays. Boardwalk promenades are ideal locations for leisurely strolls, watching activity on our waterways, soaking up some sunshine, and purchasing fresh-caught local seafood.
Here are the 5 Best Boardwalks Around Vancouver that will get you above and around our beautiful waterfronts.
1. New Westminster Pier Park
New Westminster’s Pier Park opened along the Fraser River in 2012 and in 2014 an urban beach and outdoor fitness area was added. This 600 meter boardwalk connects with a 2.5km linear waterfront park with elevated viewpoints, grass, trees, sand volleyball courts, public art, playgrounds, and more that all breathes life into the riverfront. It’s also just steps away from museums, the Fraser River Discovery Centre, River Market, Quayside off leash dog area, Antique Alley, and all that New Westminster’s historic downtown has to offer.
2. White Rock Pier
The White Rock Pier is believed to be the longest wooden pier in Canada, and at 1500ft / 457 meters it is impressive to view and walk along at all times of year. Paired with the 2.5km promenade that spans from White Rock’s east and west beaches, it provides views of White Rock as well as Washington State across the bay. Originally built over a hundred years ago (November 14, 1914), it is a hub of marine activity in the summertime — and a great place from which to watch the chilly New Year’s Day Polar Bear Swim in the winter.
3. Olympic Village/Village on False Creek
The False Creek Seawall is a part of the vast 22km seawall network that loops around the north side of the City of Vancouver, from Kitsilano to Science World, Yaletown, Stanley Park, and Coal Harbour. In the Village itself, the boardwalk portions of the seawall feature public art pieces, fun lounge spaces, and scenic views of the local mountains, water taxi and dragon boats in the water, and a panoramic cityscape.
4. Shipyards North Vancouver
The Pier in North Vancouver extends 215 meters out into Burrard Inlet offering panoramic views of Vancouver from the historic Shipyards site. It’s close to the Sea Bus and Lonsdale Quay, and is home to the Shipyards Night Market on Friday nights between May and September. In December, the adjecent Shipbuilders’ Square is home to the city’s giant Christmas tree.
Richmond’s Steveston Village is home to a popular fisherman’s wharf and the Steveston Fish Market, which is open year-round, seven days a week. Pick up your fresh and in-season salmon, prawns, halibut, cod, and more right off the boat while enjoying views of the south arm of the Fraser River. It often hosts seasonal live entertainment, there are great photo ops at sunset, and delicious treats from nearby cafes and restaurants. It’s also a popular event location, with the Steveston Salmon Festival happening on Canada Day, the Ships to Shore Festival (often featuring impressive tall ships), and more throughout the year.