Parks, recreation, and culture

People walking along the Coal Harbour Seawall

Coal Harbour seawall destination walk

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.

Route description

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.

Route statistics

Distance 5.77 km
Steps 7572
Elevation change 38 m

Accessibility

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.

please note icon There is a significant incline on the Robson St to Burrard St section of the route.

  • From Canada Place walk west along the waterfront to Jack Poole Plaza.
  • Continuing west head down to the seawall. The water front walk will take you past several green spaces, memorials and public art as well as display scenic views of Stanley Park and the North Shore mountains.
  • As you arrive at the foot of Denman Street turn left and cross W Georgia Street
  • Continue along Denman Street until you reach Robson Street where you'll take a left
  • Walk east along Robson Street until you reach Burrard Street
  • Turn left onto Burrard and walk north toward the waterfront.
  • At W Hastings Street turn right and walk to Hornby Street
  • Take a left turn at Hornby Street and walk through the green space which will return you to Canada Place

Points of interest

Seawall

LightShed

Robson Street

Burrard Street