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On Water: Vancouver's Non-motorized Watercraft Strategy

Our vision is that Vancouver's marine environment is treasured as the place for non-motorized watercraft experiences for all.

We adopted On Water: Vancouver's Non-motorized Watercraft Strategy in June 2019.

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)

What will the strategy do

The strategy will guide the future direction, implementation, and delivery of non-motorized watercraft recreation.

Five key directions will bring Vancouver closer to its vision for high-quality, accessible non-motorized watercraft recreation.

  1. Expand opportunities and participation
  2. Increase physical access to the water
  3. Improve safety
  4. Protect and enhance the environment
  5. Foster opportunities to socialize and build community

Water Strategy: Vancouver's non-motorized watercraft strategy  (2 MB)

The strategy includes the:

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