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Vanier Park

Granville Island to Kitsilano Pool destination walk

Route statistics

Distance 3.63 km
Steps 4763
Elevation change 8 m

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.

Route description

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.

Accessibility

This walk is wheelchair accessible. The shared pathways are a mix of compact gravel and pavement. 

Points of interest

Granville Island

Granville Island

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. 

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Vanier Park

Vanier Park

Vanier Park

Poised at the edge of English Bay, this park boasts wonderful views of downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park. Open fields, studded with tranquil ponds, and a wide multi-use pathway complement the outstanding waterfront experience in Vanier Park. Large tents can often be seen here as this park hosts annual events including: The Children’s Festival and Bard on the Beach.

H.R MacMillan Space Centre

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. 

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Hadden Park

Hadden Park

Hadden Park

Englishman Harvey Hadden purchased this site in 1928 from the Canadian Pacific Railway for the sum of $44,000, a tremendous amount of money at the time. He is quoted as saying, “Vancouver’s been good to me and now it’s time I was good to Vancouver.” Hadden then turned around and donated the waterfront property to the Park Board and gave them an additional $5000 to develop the area. He envisioned a bathing beach, especially for use by women and children.

Home of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, Hadden Park is filled with fascinating bits of Vancouver history, with historic vessels often docking in harbour. The sparkling waters of English Bay are a popular attraction at most times of the year.

Vancouver Maritime Museum

This historical building interprets the story of Vancouver as Canada's great Pacific port and our links with the Pacific Rim. The Museum is the premier place to learn about maritime history, art, culture and technology, through programs and exhibitions. 

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Kitsilano Beach Park

Kitsilano Beach Park

Kitsilano Beach Park

A happening place year round, Kitsilano Beach park has gorgeous sunset views out to UBC anhttps://otwebedit.vancouver.ca/cms/Icons/CommandButtons/ok.gifd all the way across to Stanley Park. The contours of the North Shore Mountains come to life with a dusting of snow, and freighters seem larger than life from this vantage point. Vancouver’s most popular beach park boasts clean sand beaches, the fantastic Watermark restaurant, and grass areas perfect for throwing a Frisbee or relaxing in the sun. There are tennis, basketball, and volleyball courts, an outdoor pool, and a water spray park to help people of all ages and abilities get active.

Kitsilano Pool

The pool opened at the water's edge in 1931 and became an instant success. Replaced in 1979, the heated outdoor salt water pool glistens beautifully in the sunlight and has the distinction of being Canada’s longest outdoor pool at 137m in length.

Kitsilano Showboat Stage

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.

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