Walking in Vancouver

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Creating a safe, accessible, and enjoyable walking environment is Vancouver’s top priority. Enhancing the walking network is also an important part of our effort to become the greenest city in the world by 2020.

We support walking by making it safer, more comfortable, and more accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

Benefits of walking

Improve your health

By walking 30 minutes per day, you can reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, and depression.

Support the economy

Not only is walking inexpensive, but it is good for business. Vancouver’s most successful commercial streets have the highest numbers of people walking on them.

Connect with others

Walking can be a fun way to experience Vancouver. It helps you get to know your neighbourhood, and increases the chances of meeting your neighbours.

Help the environment

Walking produces no greenhouse gases, and space for walking such as trails and sidewalks are an efficient use of limited land.

Whether you are going to work, taking your kids to school, or picking something up at the grocery store, choose walking.

Find your way easily and enjoyably with our map stands

Man and woman finding their way around Downtown Vancouver using a map stand

Every trip starts and ends on foot, and the best way to experience any city is by walking.

To make it easy and enjoyable for you to find and walk to nearby attractions, drinking fountains, public toilets, transit connections, and more, we've installed over 200 richly-detailed wayfinding map stands around Vancouver.

Our wayfinding program is one way we're carrying out the Transportation 2040 Plan.

If you're a web developer, check out our map stand open dataset.

Vancouver's vibrant street life

VIVA Vancouver: Creating vibrant public spaces

VIVA Vancouver is a program that transforms road spaces into vibrant spaces for walking and gathering.

Walking tips

Walking safety

Learn the crosswalk signals and get walking safety tips. We are committed to making walking easier and safer in Vancouver.

Increasing Vancouver's walkability

Pedestrian with a walker

Walking accessibility

Learn how we make Vancouver's streets accessible with curb ramps and audible signal devices installed at crosswalks.

2013 pedestrian survey

In 2013, we updated our pedestrian volume and opinion survey that records weekday sidewalk volumes and asks people who walk questions like:

  • Where their trips start and end
  • Why they choose their walking routes
  • What their satisfaction is with various pedestrian facilities

Ask. Tell. Connect.

Phone 3-1-1 to ask, tell, and connect with the City

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Walking around Vancouver

View Vancouver's current Walk Score rating

Vancouver scores consistently high on the walkability index. Find the City's current ratings at the Walk Score website.

Vancouver's Walk Score

Need a walking route? Look for map stands around the city

Last modified: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:50:56

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