9 Scenic Coastal Strolls in Vancouver

People on the False Creek Seawall near the Cambie Street Bridge

False Creek Seawall. Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Tanya Goehring

Spot wildlife, enjoy the views, and breathe in the salty air as you stroll along the ocean. Here are nine places to go for a scenic coastal stroll in Vancouver.

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9 Scenic Coastal Strolls in Vancouver

Superhero Sighting in White Rock

Photo: Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society

Check your tide chart, grab your sunscreen and plot a course for the intertidal zone at White Rock Beach. There amongst the hermit crabs, barnacles, periwinkles and sea stars, you’ll spot them. Although they may not be wearing capes and masks, these modern day, aspiring scientists are heroes to me. Each summer, the Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society Beach Hero Marine Interpreters offer free guided walks at Crescent Beach and White Rock Beach. Under their expert guidance, the small-scale world found under your feet comes to life.

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Superhero Sighting in White Rock

Stepping Out at 1001 Steps

Fishing from the shore at 1001 Steps Photo: Rob Weiss

I didn’t count, but as I descended the bluff side stairway in Ocean Park towards the beach I was confident there were close to 1001 steps, at least my knees seemed to think so. In truth, this fantastic zig-zag staircase consists of only 284 steps; all of them are marvellous. Dropping 40 metres from the trail head to the ocean, the pathway offers a short trek through a natural area to the beach, with peekaboo ocean views of Boundary Bay across to Point Roberts.

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Stepping Out at 1001 Steps

Between a Rock & a Raindrop – Vancouver’s Love/Hate Relationship with Rain

Flickr Dani V

Photo: Flickr Dani V

When’s the last time you complained about the rain? We all do it. Vancouver averages 1117.2 mm or 43.98 inches of rain a year. That’s a lot of water and a lot of fodder for those who enjoy moaning about our wet winters. Personally, I appreciate a brisk walk in the rain. During a recent weather event, I ventured along Kitsilano Beach and took a moment to stop and read the story stone near Kits Point. The words of Regan D’Andrade are etched in the rock and serve to remind us all that the shades of gray bring us beauty.

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Between a Rock & a Raindrop – Vancouver’s Love/Hate Relationship with Rain

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