Crab Park offers spectacular views of the North Shore Mountains, Harbour Centre Lookout and Canada Place.
Crab Park nestled between the Downtown of Vancouver and the Port of Vancouver was established to create a Park on the city's northern edge along the Burrard Inlet. Renamed from Portside Park to Crab Park at Portside, the designation has little to do with the small creatures that scuttle along the rocks on the shore but instead stems from the acronym 'Create a Real Available Park' to provide a place for Downtown Residents to stretch their legs, sit in the grass or the beach and enjoy the views.
Its large open grassy field is popular with workers from the surrounding buildings to sit the sun or to play games of Frisbee and football. Dogs can be seen frolicking through its large off leash area. Summer sees people enjoying picnics and swimming in the salt waters of the Burrard Inlet.
Along with its sweeping views of the Inlet, the North Shore, the Downtown skyline and the Port of Vancouver where onlookers can see barges and container vessels loading and unloading, the Park itself is an interesting site with many historical ties to the settlers in the area as well as the natives which preceded them. The area Crab Park is located on was once known to the local natives as Lucklucky, the word for Grove of Beautiful Trees and also served as a natural portage to False Creek as it was lined with swampy marshland. When settlers arrived, the area was cleared and became home to the Methodist Church mission in 1867.
Crab Park at Portside commemorates its history as well as those who have called the area near the Park home. In the 1990s, a monument was erected to remember the missing women of Vancouver's Downtown East side whose plights remain unknown.
The Park today overlooks the Burrard Inlet, Canada Place, the Port of Vancouver and the North Shore offering a place for everyone to enjoy, creating the parkland the area needed for its surrounding residents amidst some of the most beautiful and iconic views in the city.
Use the interactive map below to locate and explore the areas around Crab Park at PortsideThere are two ways to access Crab Park - cross over the train tracks at the bridge on the north end of main street or the Cordova Street tunnel under Canada Place.
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