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Delight your senses during a waterfront stroll from Granville Island, North America’s “Best Neighbourhood” to Kitsilano Beach Park Vancouver’s most popular summer hot spot. Passing through noteworthy public parks this 3.6 km, 4763 step, seawall walk travels by several tourist attractions, and is a must for anyone looking to actively enjoy the sights and sounds of Vancouver.
Granville Island has successfully transformed itself from an industrial park to a thriving marketplace and entertainment destination. Your walk will start at this famous gathering spot which draws 10.5 million visitors each year.
Leaving Granville Island behind you come to Vanier Park. Situated at the edge of English Bay, this park boasts wonderful views of downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park. Its open fields, and a wide pathways complement the outstanding waterfront experience within the park.
Further west, beyond Vanier Park, Hadden Park and the Vancouver Maritime Museum. This historical site interprets the story of Vancouver as Canada's great Pacific port and our links with the Pacific Rim.
Continuing along the path you will come to Kitsilano Beach with gorgeous sunset views out to UBC and all the way across to Stanley Park.
This walk is wheelchair accessible. The shared pathways are a mix of compact gravel and pavement.
Momentum for the redevelopment of Granville Island built in 1972, when the National Harbours Board gave control of the land to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. The first phase of the redevelopment began with the opening of the Public Market in 1979, followed by the False Creek Community Centre, The Maritime Market, Emily Carr College of the Arts, theatres, studios, galleries and restaurants.
Granville Island successfully transformed from an industrial park to a thriving marketplace and entertainment destination. In 2004, it was named the "Best Neighbourhood in North America" by Project for Public Spaces, a New York-based nonprofit agency. This famous gathering spot draws about 10.5 million visitors each year.
The “H.R. MacMillan Space Centre”, which opened its doors in 1968, has become one of the most recognizable structures in the city. Its distinctive design resembles the hats of the Haida people. Visitors can learn about Space and the night sky through the Planetarium shows, live demonstrations, and interactive exhibit gallery.
The street side of Kitsilano pool has a facade reflecting the area’s maritime history. The Kitsilano Showboat stage, complete with a small amphitheatre is the perfect place to relax after your walk and catch a community performance, or enjoy a delicious treat from a nearby Concession Stand.