Seawall, Vancouver

Encircling the perimeter of Vancouver, British Columbia, the Seawall has become one of the most beloved activities in the city. From its start point at Canada Place in Downtown Vancouver and ending in Kitsilano Beach on the other end of False Creek, this trail is popular throughout the year. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE:

The Vancouver Seawall circles the perimeter of False Creek with fantastic views of English Bay and its beaches.





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Camera, Binoculars, Sense of Curiosity, Drink, Bird Book

Waterfront property is a high priced amenity in many cities around the world, in Vancouver, it is prized as such, but more importantly, Vancouver has set aside it's waterfront for the public, a move which has popularized the downtown and surrounding area. Dominating these common lands is the Seawall, a twenty-two kilometre stretch of paved path supporting biking, walking, running and roller blading. With stunning ocean, city and natural views, the seawall in its entirely has been lauded as Vancouver's most valuable attraction.

Stretching from Canada Place in Downtown Vancouver and travelling around Stanley Park and along the entire stretch of False Creek, ending in Kitsilano, the Seawall - boasting over twenty-two kilometres of seaside trails - is a premiere destination for travellers coming to the city.

The Vancouver Seawall is an amazing feat of architecture and ingenuity and redefines Vancouver as one of the most livable cities in the world. One of the most used natural attractions in the core it supports a wide variety of activities, from jogging, walking, biking, roller blading and to the many marathons and runs that are held within the city.

First conceived by W.S. Rawlings, a Stanley Park superintendent, the seawall has been actively under construction from 1914 to 1980.

The Seawall acts as a wall against the forces of the waves and preventing erosion are a few of the reasons for its inception, although the aesthetic appeal has been one of the driving forces of its upkeep and expansion.

The wall is popular for its large populations of migrating birds that float along the wall picking ocean delicacies and herons stand still in the water waiting for fish to dart amongst their legs. Lucky watchers can spot the seals bobbing not too far off shore watching the shore curiously.

The wide range of surroundings as one walks along the Seawall can be just as interesting, from the five large sails of Canada Place to the new Olympic village to the older style buildings that line False Creek and the West Coast forest found along Stanley Park. Low tide is especially popular as it is an exploratory delight as people of all ages overturn rocks to find miniature crabs, the occasional eel and the prized find, Starfish.

Many points of interest can be found along this stretch of pathway including the spot where Stanley Park was created, several noted artworks, some of the oldest lighthouses in Vancouver, the span of the Lion's Gate Bridge and the only boathouse community in Vancouver and many others.

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The Vancouver Seawall was a large scale project stretching from Canada Place to the Centennial Museum. The pathway supports running, walking, biking and roller blading along the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia
The Seawall stretches twenty-two kilometres, marked on the stone edges throughout the trail. This picture was taken in late Winter in Stanley Park on the far western shore looking North. Many picturesque scenes can be spotted throughout the pathway.
The Seawall located in Vancouver, British Columbia stretches twenty-two kilometres from Canada Place to Kitsilano Beach. Its most popular section is along Stanley Park from Coal Harbour to the West End - a nine kilometre trail winding along the famous park and past many notable landmarks and views of English Bay.
The Vancouver Seawall located in British Columbia is one of the most used trails in the city with thousands of people walking, roller blading or cycling the route. The nine kilometre Stanley Park trail is one of its most popular with its stunning English Bay views, sights and sunsets dipping below Vancouver Island in the distance.

Location of Seawall

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The Seawall Begins by Canada Place, loops around Stanley Park, around False Creek and ends at Vanier Park.

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