North Arm Trail Greenway

North Arm Trail

The image shows one of the parts of the North Arm Greenway that has been revised.

The North Arm Trail will link pedestrians and cyclists with parks, schools and local shopping areas and provides efficient bike travel to regional destinations in Vancouver and Burnaby.

This 8 KM Greenway/Bikeway will also connect major bus routes, five bike routes, and four other greenways.

Where is the North Arm Trail Greenway?

The North Arm Greenway primarily runs along 59th Avenue from Angus Dr to Argyle Drive. East of Argyle Drive, the route follows a number of local streets as it works its way to Vivian Drive.


Along the North Arm Trail Greenway, you will find:

  • Institutional sites including Langara College, the Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre, several elementary and secondary schools, and the Pearson Hospital
  • Woodland and green spaces in Everett Crowley Park , the largest remaining urban ravine and remnant urban woodland at Fraserview Golf Course, the Langara Golf Course, and a number of smaller parks
  • Views of the river, the delta, and on a clear day views to the Olympic Peninsula and Mount Baker

Construction of the North Arm Trail began in 2011, and all of the features east of Ontario Street are complete.

On 17 September, 2012, construction will begin at Granville Street, Park Drive and 59th Avenue and will include:

  • The closure of the westbound lane of 59th Avenue at Granville Street to motor vehicle traffic. Motorists can use 58th Avenue or 60th Avenue as an alternate to access 59th Avenue west of Granville Street.
  • No parking on the south side of Park Drive, from Granville Street to the lane between Granville and French streets.

A community meeting on revised plans for the section of the Greenway between Heather and Ontario streets happened on 8 March, 2012 at the Sexsmith Elementary School Library and construction of this section of the greenway wll be completed in late fall 2012.

At the meeting, local residents learned about:

  • The development of a neighbourhood connection from the North Arm Trail Greenway to Langara Golf Course and Sexsmith School
  • The greenway will be redesigned on 59th Avenue between Heather and Ontario streets
  • Corner bulges, one-way priorities and the diverter at Ontario Street approved in 2011 are no longer being implemented as part of the redesign
  • Neighbourhood connections include spearated bike lanes on the east side of Cambie Street and on the west side of Ontario Street, and an improved path along Langara Golf Course, with pedestrian lighting for walking and cycling
  • On-street parking may be removed on one side of Cambie Street and one side of Ontario Street

Council approved construction of the North Arm Trail Greenway in February 2011 and it has gone through several stages of planning and public consultation.

Seven open houses were held in neighbourhoods along the proposed route where City staff introduced the greenway and heard from people about their initial thoughts on the proposed corridor. Nearly 70% of the people who provided comments were supportive of the plans.

The design team developed a concept plan in response to the feedback received at the first set of open houses and invited feedback on the conceptual plan at three open houses held in May 2009.

In June 2010, staff held another open house to present final plans for the Greenway.

Contact us

To learn more about greenways, contact the Engineering Services Greenways Program.

320-507 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 0B4

Fax: 604-871-6193