Spyglass Dock in False Creek

Wharf By-law

To ensure our waterfront wharves, facilities, and properties are safe, accessible, and user-friendly, we have enacted a Wharf Regulation By-law.

The by-law:

  • Improves enforcement of existing regulations for moorage and activities on the City-owned wharves in False Creek, as well as City-owned waterfront lands and facilities not covered under existing moorage agreements
  • Addresses multiple challenges at City wharves regarding equitable access, competing uses, and reducing damage

The location of all City-owned wharves with short-term public moorage areas can be found in the by-law (1.1 MB).

A draft version of the by-law was shared with a targeted group of stakeholders in False Creek for feedback in February 2022. A revised version of the by-law was then submitted to council and approved in April 2022. 

Sanctioned public wharves and proposed by-law regulations

We own and maintain six public wharves in False Creek which facilitate public use and provide designated short-term moorage opportunities. Other City-owned wharves, facilities, and properties do not accommodate public moorage.

Park Board marine facilities

A number of marine facilities are owned by the Park Board, including:

  • Vanier Boat Ramp
  • Alder Bay and Harbour Green docks
  • False Creek Paddle Centre
  • Beaches throughout the city 

Park Board staff are working on regulations similar to those in this by-law, and will be undertaking a separate and independent review and implementation process.

Long-term moorage options

Those looking for long-term moorage option should contact Heather or Burrard Civic Marinas or private marinas. Private facilities are also available around the city outside of False Creek.

Help us keep our wharves pristine

If you notice a problem with a dock or boat ramp, help us fix it by calling 3-1-1.

For questions about this proposed by-law, email wharfbylaw@vancouver.ca.