South False Creek Seawall

People walking, cycling, and using mobility scooters on the South False Creek Seawall

The City and Vancouver Park Board are continuing a process to improve conditions for people walking and cycling along the South False Creek Seawall between Cambie Bridge and Burrard Bridge. 

The South False Creek Seawall is the oldest section of Vancouver's Seaside Greenway, dating back to 1975.

It has a unique character and carries high volumes of people walking and cycling, especially in the summer months. 

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Recent developments

South False Creek Seawall improvements underway

September 2016 to summer 2017 - South False Creek Seawall construction is now underway.

  • When: Work is expected to take place from 7:00am to 5:30pm, Monday to Friday, with occasional work on weekends as required.
  • Access to residences and businesses: Access will be maintained at all times and majority of sidewalks will remain open for the duration of construction.
  • Closure: This project requires a partial closure of Creekside Drive. Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians should remain alert as routes may change from day-to-day.

Council approves South False Creek Seawall improvements

May 4, 2016 – Vancouver City Council approved the final design recommendations for improvements to the South False Creek Seawall (Seaside Greenway) between Burrard Bridge and Cambie Bridge. The recommendations will improve safety and comfort for people walking and cycling along the seawall. The project includes widening the seawall pathway, separation between walking and cycling, an accesible public washroom, and public realm improvements.

Staff to recommend final designs at May 4 Council meeting

April 28, 2016 – The manager of transportation planning will present the final design recommendations for South False Creek Seawall improvements to Council at the 9:30am Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities meeting on May 4, 2016.

January 30 and February 2 open houses: Share your feedback on the recommended designs

February 20, 2016 – Thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts in our online questionnaire. We're now analyzing your feedback.

January 21, 2016 – We talked with hundreds of residents in October 2015 about key issues and preliminary options. We would now like your input on the recommended designs.

Drop by an open house to discuss the designs with our project team, ask questions, and give your feedback. Come by any time during the event.

If you can't attend, you can give your feedback in our online questionnaire, closing February 19.

View the open house materials:

Share your thoughts in our online questionnaire

October 7, 2015 – Couldn't make it to our open houses? Share your thoughts on our proposed solutions in our online questionnaire. The questionnaire is now closed.

October 4 and 6 open houses: Share your feedback on the proposed solutions

September 24, 2015 – We're seeking your input on the key issues and proposed solutions for each segment of the South False Creek Seawall. Join us at an open house to discuss the project, ask questions, and give your feedback. Get the details:

View all the open house materials below:

Check back next week to share your thoughts in our online questionnaire.

Study results published as team includes sea level rise impacts into seawall improvements

October 1, 2014 – Over the last year we collected public feedback and completed a study evaluating the physical conditions of the seawall and identified areas for potential improvement.

We are working closely with the City’s Sustainability Group, which is currently conducting a coastal flood assessment to better understand the potential flood hazard and consequences now and in the future with sea level rise and storm surge. The assessment started in summer 2013 and will finish in mid-2015. The assessment results will impact how we recommend solving the existing conditions on the South False Creek Seawall.

Study timeline extended

January 13, 2014 – Thank you for your participation and continued interest in the South False Creek seawall study. For the last 5 months, we have been collecting feedback from the general public, and reviewing the survey information we received from users last summer.

As we move forward in 2014, we need additional time to:

  • Evaluate the user survey and pedestrian and cyclist information
  • Review the existing conditions
  • Identify potential issues

We will update this webpage when the above information is available for your feedback. The study timeline and process will be revised to allow us time to gather your feedback, and identify the appropriate time to discuss potential solutions.

Drop by and tell us what you think

August 13 to 17, 2013 – We want to know how you currently use the seawall, what issues you experience, and how we can improve active transportation in the short and long term. City staff will be available at locations along the seawall to collect your feedback.

Timeline of the study

Summer 2013

City staff will be on location in August to get direct feedback from active transportation and recreational users of the seawall and answer questions. Staff will be collecting information on how people currently use the seawall (e.g. walking and cycling volumes, and demographics), existing conditions, and conflicts at key locations.

Fall 2013

We will analyze all of the public feedback and additional seawall information collected in the summer. From this analysis, we will develop potential active transportation improvements that will incorporate benefits, impacts, and cost using the following:

  • Existing policy context
  • Project goals
  • Data analysis
  • Transportation and engineering considerations


We are continuing to analyze the user survey, and pedestrian and cycling information. We will review the existing conditions and identify potential issues. Meanwhile, we will gather more feedback and identify an appropriate time to discuss potential solutions.

Work leading up to the study

Walking and cycling have been a transportation priority in Vancouver for over 15 years, demonstrated through these in-depth plans:

2012 - Transportation 2040 Plan

Aims to make walking and cycling safe, convenient, and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. Some of the goals of the 2040 Transportation Plan include:

  • Moving toward 2/3 of all trips made by walking, cycling, and transit by 2040
  • Moving toward zero traffic-related fatalities
  • Improving the seawall

2011 - Greenest City 2020 Action Plan

This plan sets out a broad long-term vision as well as 20 specific goals to achieve by 2020, and makes walking, cycling, and transit the preferred modes of transportation.

1999 - Launch of the Bicycle Plan

1997 - Introduction of the City of Vancouver Transportation Plan

1995 - Launch of the Vancouver Greenways Plan

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Community Liaison
Do Nguyen
Phone: 604-673-8458
Email: pointgrey.cornwall

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