Embraced by water, including the Salish Sea to the west, Burrard Inlet to the north, and the north arm of the Fraser River to the south, we have always been a coastal community defined by our proximity to the ocean, river, and mountains.
Vancouver is situated on the unceded traditional homelands of xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh). The area currently known as False Creek is of significant meaning to the local First Nations who stewarded the land since time immemorial.
We recognize the need to plan for future sea level rise and help flood-vulnerable shoreline neighbourhoods, communities, and businesses to become more resilient to current and future coastal flooding.
The Sea2City Design Challenge (Sea2City) will help inform a framework and vision to guide urban development and ecological revitalization in the False Creek floodplain, a highly valued and constrained urban waterway in the heart of the city.
The design challenge will engage two multidisciplinary teams to work co-operatively with us and project partners to:
- Explore coastal adaptation approaches that respond to the social equity, economic, and ecological challenges posed by sea level rise and coastal flooding
- Investigate coastal adaptation approaches for sea level rise beyond one metre
- Expand our toolbox of coastal flood management approaches
- Increase public awareness of climate change and sea level rise
Outcomes from the Sea2City Design Challenge will be:
- Used to inform the next phase of our overarching Coastal Adaptation Plan
- Further refined by us with project partners, Indigenous governments, stakeholders, the public, and coastal regulators
Conceptual designs, created as part of Sea2City, will:
- Not be built immediately
- Inform next steps (including more detailed design development and planning)
We will start to take those next steps after the completion of Sea2City and will likely continue for several years recognizing the additional research, planning, technical design, and engagement that will be required to move coastal adaption forward in a constrained urban waterway as False Creek.
Attend a Sea2City Community Conversation
There were three Community Conversations in September 2021. Missed a September session? Review the presentation PDF file (22 MB)
The next round of Community Conversations will be in March 2022.
Attend public events
- November 2021
Important note Event details coming soon.
Go for a walk with the False Creek Sea Level Rise Activity Book
Take a stroll with our False Creek Activity Book. Designed for children 6 to 12, the book is full of simple activities for children or the child in you.
Public events and design teams
Sea2City will include an interactive public engagement and communications program that will run from September 2021 to July 2022.
Selected design teams will participate in three rounds of:
- Public engagement
Each round will include:
- Public learning
- Design events as well as advisory sessions and workshops with groups established for the project (Community Advisory Group, Technical Advisory Group, City Advisory Team)
There will also be a youth engagement stream.
Design team tasks
Two participating design teams have been selected through a competitive application process to:
- Provide comprehensive design package for a preferred conceptual coastal flood management approach for two sites in False Creek (Each design team will be responsible for two sites.)
- Provide illustrative concepts showing where future coastal flood management approaches and/or structures could be developed along the currently unprotected portions of the False Creek shoreline
- Participate in a one-day, inter-team design charrette at the conclusion of the Sea2City to apply lessons learned through the challenge process to a fifth site
- Produce a final set of materials designed to inspire and inform the community and the city
The request for proposals is now closed.