This 5.77 km or approximately 7,572 step circular route is a must for those interested in history, architecture, or exceptional views.
Along the waterfront you will pass prominent buildings and an intricate network of lush green spaces all sharing the accessible, multiuse seawall.
This urban trail displays the interesting mix of natural beauty and human ingenuity.
The walk starts and finishes at Canada Place, an "inspirationally Canadian" destination and hub of economic activity in Vancouver. Recognized across the world by its iconic great white sails, Canada Place is a symbol of nation pride on the west coast.
Also home to a cruise ship terminal, this elegant building holds a distinguished place on the waterfront and hosts many special events for the public throughout the year. Your walk will travel along the Canadian Trail and tour past historical points of interest which are marked by educational plaques.
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Access to the Canada Place Promenade (lower level) is via the west side of the building only.
An elevator located at the north end of the promenade provides access to the upper level promenade.
There is a significant incline on the Robson St to Burrard St section of the route.
Points of interest
Jack Poole Plaza and the Olympic Cauldron
Home to the 2010 Olympic Cauldron, Jack Poole Plaza was named for the head of the Vancouver Olympic bid committe which brought the 2010 Olympic Winter games to Vancouver.
Marina Square Park and Devonian Harbour Park
A restful and attractive place to visit at the foot of Denman Street. Make sure to check out the stepping stones that wind through the water feature at this location. From here you can see the Vancouver Rowing Club and several marinas. As well, you can see Devonian Harbour Park the gateway to world famous Stanley Park.
Artist: Liz Magor
The artwork, located on the downtown seawall near the Coal Harbour Community Centre and facing Stanley Park, is based on the old boat sheds that used to line the shore. The artist cast a ½ scale model in aluminum and coated it with luminescent paint. It is perched on top of cast pilings. At night a soft glow emanates from inside. Grosvenor, an international property group, commissioned this work by Liz Magor as a gift to the city. The artwork was cast in the Harman Foundry in Robert's Creek operated by Stephen Harmon, son of artist Jack Harman.
This unquie strip, named after John Robson, Premier of British Columbia from 1889-1892, is famous for its eclectic mix of shops and is a favoured destination for tourists as well as locals. Its commerical traditions date back to 1895 when train tracks were laid along it, and a wide variety of small shops popped up to serve Vancouver's booming population. After the second World War the street became known as "Robsonstrasse", in homage of its pioneers. Traveling along Robson Street you will pass premier fashion retails and many fine dining restaurants. Be prepared for the hustle and bustle of eager shoppers at any time of the year.
The Marine Building
When it opened in 1930, uniformed doormen stood at its entrance beneath a huge polished brass archway. Reaching nearly 100 metres tall, Vancouverites were truly impressed. Gazing up towards the intricately carved marine scenery it is easy to understand why this building remains so important. Through a waving forest of seaweed, a mass of lobsters, crabs, prawns and starfish crawl over top of each other. Flying past the sea creatures, a flock of Canada geese can be seen with sun rays blazing over them. This supremely artistic structure, with its distinct wedding cake “icing” and tower reminiscent of Mayan architecture is one of the great Art Deco buildings of the world and is, to many, the building most clearly identified with Vancouver.