Tugboats Guaranteed – Fraser River Bike Paths

Fraser River Bike Paths

Photo: R. Weiss

When you hear the words “Fraser River” are you immediately transported back in time to a High School Social Studies classroom? Do visions of voyageur canoes and the fur trade come to mind? The mighty Fraser River is one of the world’s greatest waterways, a place of industry and commerce. From cedar canoes to paddle wheelers and tugboats the river is an important part of our history. Today, the river is more vibrant than ever and there is no better way to see it than from the saddle of your bike.

River District

Canada Line Pedestrian Cycling Bridge

Photo: R. Weiss

There is something liberating and exciting about cycling across the river on the Canada Line Pedestrian-Cyclist Bridge. Imagine a safe, convenient route connecting Richmond to the Kent Avenue bikeway and start of this ride. Now remember, this is a tour of a working river. As you pass the transfer station on Kent Ave., you will wonder why you are riding here, but persevere because in just minutes you will find yourself on designated trails in the River District, Vancouver’s newest waterfront neighbourhood.

Cycle Fraser River Bike Path

Photo: R. Weiss

Continue along the waterfront trail and you will leave the mills and train tracks behind. Beautiful open spaces, parks, community gardens and playgrounds now line the banks of the river. This new community honours our historic connection to the river and offers a vision for the future.

River District Vancouver

Photo: R. Weiss

Burnaby Foreshore Park

Views of log booms, tugboats and barges are plentiful as you enter Burnaby Foreshore Park along the shoreline trail. Raptor meadows, a train trestle bridge, ponds, streams and marshes keep it interesting. The eastern portion of the park is an ecological reserve containing tidal wetlands, lowland marsh and a cottonwood forest. Don’t be surprised to stumble upon avid fishers in search of local Coho.

Fraser River Bike Paths

Photo: R. Weiss

Challenge yourself to put the fitness tracker away and sit for minute to observe the working river. I found myself frozen in time as I watched the boom-man scamper across the logs. He moved like a gazelle, fast and sure footed. Soon a small crowd had gathered to witness the tug boat operator and boom-man working together on the log bundle. It felt like we had either gone back in time or were attending a Loggers Sports Festival. Not for the faint of heart!

Map and Route Tips:

Ride out or roll on: Easy connection to the Kent Ave Bikeway from either Bridgeport or Marine Drive SkyTrain stations.

Burnaby Foreshore Park

Photo: R. Weiss

The route is well marked, flat and an easy ride. The sections in the River District, Riverfront Park and Burnaby Foreshore Park are family friendly.

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  1. There is a big issue with this neighbourhood that potential purchasers need to know to be properly informed. The River District is currently plagued with incredible noise pollution from Ray Mont Logistics across the river. Beeping and Crashing happen 24/7 during the night and all Holidays. The residents have been working to get resolution, but both the Richmond Mayer and the CEO of Ray Mont have refused to provide ethical or reasonable response to our concerns. We are currently building our ranks and will be considering legal action if this issue is not resolved soon. It’s been about 2 years since the first complaint was logged. Both Global TV and the Vancouver Sun have covered this issue, and it is important as a journalistic source that you have all the facts. If you need more info as potential buyer, or current resident feel free to visit our FB page: Search “River District Noise Pollution”