It’s no secret that Metro Vancouver is home to some of the best hiking and cycling trails around – as well as scenic boardwalks, which offer some of the best views the city has to offer. So if you’re looking for a mix of city and nature on your next stroll, look no further than this list of boardwalks in and around Vancouver.
Fisherman’s Wharf 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.
Where: 4RF8+F7, Richmond
If you want to stay even closer to Vancouver, Deer Lake in Burnaby is an excellent option. Known for its birdwatching opportunities, Deer Lake Park strikes the perfect balance between outdoor recreation and tranquil nature. The boardwalk stretches along the eastern side of Deer Lake, offering stunning views of the lake, surrounding forests, and wildlife.
Where: 6450 Deer Lake Park, Burnaby
For a more relaxed vibe, head to Fraser River Park in south Kerrisdale for the perfect balance between grassy picnic spots and a pleasant stroll across the boardwalk, which crosses restored tidal marshes.
Where: 8705 Angus Drive
And now, for a classic Vancouver destination. The Coal Harbour Marina is so accessible to those living in or near downtown, that residents may often take it for granted. But make no mistake, its water and mountain views are well worth it, no matter if you’re going for your 1000th stroll around the city, commuting to work, or going on a leisurely bike ride.
Where: 1525 Coal Harbour Quay
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: 2934 Murray Street, Port Moody
Another waterfront pathway, the Deep Cove Boardwalk takes visitors along the gorgeous shoreline of – you guessed it – Deep Cove, AKA one of the most popular (and accessible) destinations for a day out on the water. The boardwalk itself stretches form the Deep Cove Pier to Panorama Park, offering a scenic route for pedestrians to explore the area.
Along the boardwalk, you’ll find a small marina, and a slew of charming shops, cafes, and restaurants where you can grab a bite as you take in the views.
Where: North Vancouver
So there you have it, Vancouver! If you’re looking for some places to visit while on your next walk, you know where to look.