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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.

False Creek anchoring map

anchoring in false creek map

Free pump-out services

Keep it clean campaign image of boats at a marina

All pleasure crafts in Vancouver waters can access free pump-out services at Burrard and Heather civic marinas. Our service hours are:

  • 7:00am to 6:00pm daily from Saturday, May 21 to Monday, September 5
  • 7:00am to 4:00pm daily from Tuesday, September 5 to Friday, May 19, 2017 

Boat sewage is a source of fecal bacteria in False Creek that harms the environment and puts public health at risk. In Canada, it's illegal to dump sewage from boats within three nautical miles of the shore.

Our Park Board marinas offer free pump-out services to all pleasure crafts in support of our water quality campaign – pump, don't dump.

Contact our Vancouver Boater Welcome Centre



VHF channel 66A


September 8 to May 23
Daily: 7:00am to 4:30pm

Sewage Pump-outs