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Anchoring in False Creek is a great way to explore the city. You will be close to downtown Vancouver, Granville Island market, and some of Vancouver's best shopping, theatres, and restaurants.

Anchoring permits

Boaters need to get a permit to anchor in False Creek when they are:

  • Anchoring more than 8 hours during the day (9:00am to 11:00pm), or
  • Anchoring anytime between 11:00pm and 9:00am the following day.

Permits are available at Heather Civic Marina. They are free of charge.

The permit will allow boaters to anchor a maximum of 14 full or partial days of 30 days during high season (April 1 to September 30) and 21 days of 40 days in low season (October 1 to March 31).

Boaters may extend their stay in False Creek by moving to a marina after their allowable anchoring time has expired.

Get an anchoring permit

Navigable channel

No anchoring is allowed within the navigable channel in False Creek. In addition, anchored boats must not impede access or egress from any of the ferry docks or marinas in False Creek.

If your boat does not comply with the rules, it will be removed at your expense.

False Creek anchoring map

anchoring in false creek map

Free pump-out services

The Park Board’s Burrard and Heather Civic Marinas offer free pump-out services to all pleasure craft. 

The free pump-outs are a key part of our ongoing effort, Pump, Don’t Dump, to improve and protect water quality in False Creek. Boat sewage is a source of fecal bacteria in our waters that puts public health and wildlife at risk.

Heather Marina

  • Free self-serve pump-out is open 24 hours a day
  • Staff are available to assist from 7am to 6pm daily from May 19, to September 3, 2018

Burrard Marina

  • Free self-serve pump-out is open 24 hours a day
  • Staff are available to assist from 7am to 9pm daily from May 19, to September 3, 2018

Book a mobile pump-out

Days of operation: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Time: 1pm to 5pm
Months: June until September, available holidays

Boaters can arrange for free boat pump-out in three easy ways:

Call or text: 778-683-7867
Email: pumpout@skookumyachtservices.com
Flag: Flag the mobile pump-out boat when it's en route in False Creek

  It is illegal to dump untreated sewage in Vancouver’s surrounding waters. Find out where to pump-out your boat.

Contact us

Heather Civic Marina

604-874-2814 or 778-866-2851


Daily: 7am to 4:30pm

Burrard Civic Marina



Daily: 7am to 4:30pm

Sewage Pump-outs