On Water: Vancouver's Non-motorized Watercraft Strategy

Help us imagine the future of canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and more for Vancouver's waterways

There are many ways to enjoy Vancouver’s increasingly popular waterways. As more people take to the water for recreation, we want to enhance public use and access to non-motorized watercraft opportunities on our shared waterfront.

What's happening

Help shape the strategy

Share your feedback on the draft strategies and actions in our online survey.

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Open house and workshop

Join us at our drop-in open house (first hour) followed by an informal presentation and workshop.  

Thursday, June 21, 5pm to 8pm
False Creek Community Centre 
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Pop-up engagement

Swing by to one of our events to say hello and let us know what you think about the draft strategies and actions.

Saturday, June 16, 10am to 3pm
MEC Paddlefest - Jericho Beach
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Friday, June 22 - Sunday June 24th
Concord Pacific Dragon Boat Festival - False Creek
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Thursday, June 28, 6pm to 8pm
MEC Big Chop Race - Vanier Park 
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Non-motorized watercraft

  • Canoeing
  • Dragon boating
  • Kayaking
  • Rowing
  • Outrigging
  • Paddle boarding
  • Surf skiing
  • Wind surfing
  • Kite surfing and boarding
  • Small craft sailing

What will the strategy do

This strategy will help us to:

  • Identify priority areas for the development and management of facilities, infrastructure, and programs, over the next 10 years, including opportunities for collaborative programming and coordination among service providers
  • Identify optimum levels of service provided in relation to levels of use and future population growth
  • Provide guidance to the Park Board to inform decisions that impact non-motorized watercraft activities
  • Provide a user-friendly resource to show the best places to safely engage in non-motorized watercraft activities

How will my feedback be considered?

Your feedback, along with input we received from Phase 1 and 2 of public consultation and technical information and best practices from around the world, will help shape the emerging strategies and actions in the On Water strategy.

See highlights from Phase 1 and 2

Explore our past On Water events to find more information and reports on the strategy.

Come explore

Follow our progress

  1. Summer – fall 2017 Phase 1 – Discovery
  2. Winter 2018Phase 2 – Develop draft
    vision and
    strategic directions
  3. Spring – summer 2018Phase 3 – Develop draft

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