People sitting and eating outdoors in Vancouver's Gastown

Water Street Pedestrian Zone pilot

What you need to know

As directed by Council, we are turning Water Street into a pedestrian zone in July and August of summer 2024.  

We are working with the local Nations, Gastown Business Improvement Society, community organizations, event organizers, and businesses to create a welcoming experience on Water Street.

Find more information about Gastown businesses at Gastown Business Improvement Society .

During the pilot, sections of Water Street and Maple Tree Square will be closed to vehicles to allow for a vibrant pedestrian zone with:  

  • Public seating 
  • Community activations 
  • Expanded patios 
  • Merchandise displays 
  • Art installations 
  • Special events    

Local vehicle access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times. This includes deliveries and access for visitors and customers. 

Pilot details

Transportation and access

Business opportunities and community programming

Related projects

Gastown repairs and traffic changes

Repairs to Maple Tree Square are now complete, on time, and in advance of this summer’s Water Street Pedestrian Zone Pilot.

Community Placemaking Program

Our Community Placemaking Program offers financial support to help design and implement placemaking projects to bring public spaces to life.

Gastown Public Spaces Plan

We’re working with the local Nations to create a plan for the future of public spaces in Gastown.

Apply for a Water Streets open street permit

Get an open streets permit during the Water Street pedestrian zone pilot to host small events and activities.


Share your feedback about:

  • Access, traffic, and parking impacts
  • Gastown's public spaces
  • Other general inquiries and feedback

Submit your feedback and questions