Vancouver residents are blessed with an array of options when it comes to ocean-side strolls. Here are four we recommend meandering this summer, or any time of year for that matter.
1. Dundarave Seawall
If you live in Vancouver, driving across the Lions Gate bridge to the quaint West Vancouver neighbourhood can feel like a mini vacation. Park on the main Dundarave strip on Marine Drive then walk down to the seawall for a short walk that stretches East to Ambleside park. Take in the refreshing, salty air and enjoy the solitude that this part of the Lower Mainland offers. Tip: if you have a dog, you’ll have to let them run in the dogs’ only path next door. Pets aren’t allowed on the main boardwalk.
Starting close to the concession near Jericho Beach in West Point Grey and stretching along the water to Spanish Banks, this is a peaceful walk on flat terrain with unparalleled views of downtown Vancouver and the North Shore. Tip: there is a section of bushes where you can often spot wild rabbits. Don’t forget to bring a Ziplock bag full of lettuce to feed them!
3. Olympic Village Seawall
Starting at Science World, with a boardwalk that extends towards Granville Island on the South side and Stanley park on the North, this flat-terrain walk can be as short or as long as you want it to be. With a cycling path adjacent to it and lots of action in False Creek (on weekends you’re likely to see kids partying on yachts and rowers training for the next Dragon Boat race), there’s never a dull moment on this popular walk. Here’s a specific route you can try.
Located in White Rock, Surrey, about 50 kilometres from Vancouver, this walk is perfect for those who want to get out of the city for the afternoon. Starting at the West Beach parking lot and extending to the East Beach lot, this five-kilometre stroll boasts an easy three-foot climb. Don’t leave without stopping for fish and chips at Moby Dick Restaurant which has been serving patrons since 1975.