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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

Contact us

Heather Civic Marina

604-874-2814 or 778-866-2851



May 20 to September 5, 2017
Daily: 7:00am to 7:00pm

September 6, 2017 to May 19, 2018
Daily: 7:00am to 4:30pm

Burrard Civic Marina




May 20 to September 5, 2017
Daily: 7:00am to 7:00pm

September 6, 2017 to May 19, 2018
Daily: 7:00am to 5:00pm

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

The Park Board’s Burrard and Heather Civic Marinas offer free pump-out services to all pleasure craft. 

The free pump-outs are a key part of our ongoing effort, Pump, Don’t Dump, to improve and protect water quality in False Creek. Boat sewage is a source of fecal bacteria in our waters that puts public health and wildlife at risk.

Heather Marina

  • Free pump-out is open 24 hours a day
  • Staff are available to assist from 7:00am to 6:00pm daily from May 20, to September 4, 2017

Burrard Marina

  • Staff are available to assist from 7:00am to 9:00pm daily from May 20, to September 4, 2017
  • Effective June 30, 2017 a water proof box will be installed next to the pump station with tokens so that people can self-serve 24 hours a day

It’s illegal to dump untreated sewage in Vancouver’s surrounding waters.

Sewage Pump-outs