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Anchoring in Vancouver

Anchoring in False Creek is a great way to explore the city. You will be close to downtown Vancouver, Granville Island market, and some of Vancouver's best shopping, theatres, and restaurants.

Anchoring permits

Boaters need to get a permit to anchor in False Creek when they are:

  • Anchoring more than 8 hours during the day (9:00am to 11:00pm), or
  • Anchoring anytime between 11:00pm and 9:00am the following day.

Permits are available at Heather Civic Marina. They are free of charge.

The permit will allow boaters to anchor a maximum of 14 full or partial days of 30 days during high season (April 1 to September 30) and 21 days of 40 days in low season (October 1 to March 31).

Boaters may extend their stay in False Creek by moving to a marina after their allowable anchoring time has expired.

Get an anchoring permit

Navigable channel

No anchoring is allowed within the navigable channel in False Creek. In addition, anchored boats must not impede access or egress from any of the ferry docks or marinas in False Creek.

If your boat does not comply with the rules, it will be removed at your expense.

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Speed limit in effect

The speed limit in False Creek is 10 km/h (5 knots).

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