BC is known around the globe as a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with plenty of hiking and biking trails to show for it. And if your goal is to take in some breathtaking scenery without venturing too far off the beaten path, there are plenty of scenic boardwalks to stroll down in BC, and we’re here to share a few with you.
So with that in mind, here are 8 of the most scenic boardwalks to check out in BC for the perfect view.
Looking for a quintessential sunset spot in Victoria? You can’t do much better than the iconic Sidney Pier, which stretches into the Saanich Peninsula and offers visitors close access to the Gulf Island National Park Reserve, Butchart Gardens, Victoria Distillers and Saanich Peninsula farms and wineries.
Tree and forest lovers have plenty of options when it comes to exploring old-growth forests in BC – but the province’s newest park might be home to some of the oldest trees around, and you can take it all in on the park’s 450-metre-long universally accessible boardwalk.
Plus, another 2.3 km of boardwalk provides access to the magnificent “Big” Tree, Tree Beard, Radies Tree, and a beautiful cascading waterfall.
Where: Prince George
Situated in the scenic Marine Peace Park in the city of Salmon Arm, this wharf is the ideal spot for a nature stroll after a picnic. Visitors can also do some prime birdwatching and even rent a couple of boats for the day.
Where: Salmon Arm
Fisherman’s Wharf in Richmond’s historic fishing town is a picturesque marina where local fishermen dock their boats and sell their catch directly to the public. In addition to purchasing fresh seafood directly from the source, it offers visitors the chance to take a scenic, waterfront stroll adjacent to the string of wharf restaurants.
This one’s a great pick for runners and bikers, as the Shoreline Trail at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody stretches over 7.4 acres, offering visitors a great place to take in the views of Burrard Inlet. Here, you’ll pass through lush greenery, open grassy areas, and sandy beaches.
Note that there is currently a detour in place between Murray Street to Old Orchard Park while this portion of the boardwalk undergoes construction.
Where: Port Moody
This pier was nominated as the number one boardwalk around Vancouver back in 2015, and for good reason. The innovative Westminster Pier Park was built on equal parts land and water, with the pier supported by 3,600 pilings. Visitors can enjoy views of the Fraser River from the 2.5 km Waterfront Esplanade Boardwalk from elevated viewpoints, as well as make use of the area’s picnic tables, gardens, public art displays, and festival lawn.
Where: New Westminster
Constructed over one hundred years ago, the 470-metre-long White Rock Pier is another fantastic sunset spot, as well as a destination for walks on the beach and tasty fish and chips.
Where: White Rock
Offering unparalleled views of Victoria’s Inner Harbour, David Foster Harbour Pathway is a waterfront route connecting visitors to key destinations in the city, from top restaurants to tourism activities. And once additions are complete, the walkway will extend over five km from Rock Bay to Ogden Point, according to the City of Victoria.
Where: James Bay, Victoria
So there you have it, BC! If you’re looking to take the scenic route, consider checking out one of these fantastic boardwalk options.