Ferry at dock near bridge

New Aquatic Centre ferry dock coming to Sunset Beach

Upgrades include better accessibility, more mooring space, and improved lighting

November 18 2019 –

Starting today, following two years of planning and engagement with the community, we will begin in-water construction on a new and improved ferry dock at Sunset Beach below the Vancouver Aquatic Centre. 

New dock features

The new structure will replace the current Aquatic Centre ferry dock, which has reached the end of its service life. The dock will have a number of new features for both residents and ferry operations: 

  • Design for accessible grades to allow use by everyone, including people using mobility aids and wheelchairs 
  • Upgraded lighting along the gangways, platforms, and ferry float, designed to minimize glare on adjacent areas and marine life
  • A new shelter for ferry passengers and dock users
  • Larger overall area for increased capacity for ferries and small boats, including dingy moorage space which will be available for up to three hours at a time
  • Steel piles, platforms, and gangways for added overall resilience 

Access to dock closed during construction

There will be no dock access until construction wraps up in January 2020. A portion of Sunset Beach Park will also be closed during construction as a safety measure.

Ferry access

False Creek Ferries service to the Aquatic Centre location will be diverted to the ferry dock at the foot of Hornby Street (400 metres south of the Aquatic Centre) while construction is underway. Ferry routes serviced by Aquabus will not be impacted as a result of construction.

Walking and cycling access

At select times during the construction period, daytime foot traffic along the seawall will be diverted onto the bike path.  

Thank you for your patience while construction is underway. 

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