On Water: Vancouver's Non-motorized Watercraft Strategy

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Non-motorized watercraft

On-water recreation activities involve a small watercraft powered by people or natural elements, including:

  • Canoeing
  • Dragon boating
  • Kayaking
  • Rowing
  • Outrigging
  • Paddle boarding
  • Surf skiing
  • Wind surfing
  • Kite surfing and boarding
  • Small craft sailing (not including motorized boats and large sailboats) 

This summer marked the launch of the On Water pilot, to encourage and manage the safe use of non-motorized watercraft in Vancouver’s waters.

From June 1 until September 6, lifeguards supervised four access points at Kitsilano (327 KB), Spanish Banks (282 KB), Locarno (335 KB), and Sunset (246 KB) swimming beaches to support non-motorized watercraft users in safely launching and using their equipment between the hours of 11:30am and 8:30pm. 

Black and white quartered flags and temporary beach signs indicated the designated launch and recovery access areas. Access is unregulated outside of these dates, times, and locations.

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