People on kayaks on the water in the evening

On Water: Vancouver's Waterway Recreation Strategy

There are many ways to enjoy Vancouver’s inceasingly popular waterways. As more people take to the water for recreation, we want to make sure everyone is enjoying fair and safe access.

We are exploring ways to improve non-motorized boating opportunities throughout city waters. Non-motorized boating activities include any on-water recreation activities involving small watercraft powered by people and other natural elements.

On Water: Vancouver's Waterway Recreation Strategy will help us understand what residents need and value when it comes to non-motorized boating. The strategy will also guide how we plan for:

  • Facilities
  • Water use
  • Environmental and marine protection
  • Waterfront development and park planning
  • On-water recreation opportunities and amenities

Non-motorized boating 

  • Canoeing
  • Dragon boating
  • Kayaking
  • Rowing
  • Outrigging
  • Paddle boarding
  • Surf skiing
  • Wind surfing
  • Kite surfing and boarding
  • Small craft sailing

What's happening

Thank you for participating in our online survey. Your feedback helps us develop preliminary recommendations for the next phase of our planning process.

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Follow our progress

  1. Summer – fall 2017 Phase 1 – Discovery
  2. Fall 2017 – winter 2018Phase 2 – Develop preliminary
  3. Winter – spring 2018Phase 3 – Develop draft strategy

On water in real time: a photo collective

Together let's create a living gallery of your favourite moments on water! What do you value about Vancouver's waterways—a stunning sunset, water reflections, landscapes, wildlife, sporty action shots, or quiet moments frozen in time?

Enter to win

This summer show us how you spend your time on water! Post a photo on our Twitter and Instagram page and use the hashtag #vanonwater. We might feature your photos plus you could get a chance to win a BC Water Bikes External link experience for two and a $50 gift card for watersport rentals. The last day to enter is on August 14, 2017. Your photos must be of non-motorized boating from summer 2017.