There are 24 kilometres (14.9 miles) of continuous seawall in Vancouver. It is broken up into 4 different seawalls that are linked. There is the Stanley Park Seawall that goes all the way around the iconic Stanley Park. The Coal Harbour Seawall that goes along the south side of Coal Harbour, the English Bay Seawall which goes along English Bay, and the False Creek Seawall that goes along both sides of False Creek!
The seawalls of Vancouver are actually 2 paths, one for walking/jogging and one for bicycles/skateboards/rollerblades.
Construction of a seawall in Vancouver started in 1910. They started building the Stanley Park seawall in 1917. Much of the Stanley Park seawall was built by master stonemason James Cunningham. By 1980, the seawall around Stanley Park was officially completed! Over the years, storms have caused damage to the seawall and it has been repaired. Since then, a number of renovation projects have been undertaken to repair and improve the seawalls!
The Stanley Park Seawall is Vancouver's crown jewel of Vancouver! It is a 9 kilometre (5.5 mile) seawall that goes all the way around the outside of Stanley Park. Along the way you can see some great views of Vancouver City, the north shore, mountain, and the ocean. You will also pass some of Stanley Park's main attractions such as the Totem Poles, Nine O'Clock Gun, Lumbermens' Arch, Siwash Rock, Third Beach, and the Second Beach Outdoor Swimming Pool. Finally, it is just a good workout to walk the 9 kilometres!
The bicycle path on the Stanley Park Seawall is one-way counter-clockwise due to it being narrow in spots! The other seawalls bicycle paths are bi-directional!
The Coal Harbour Seawall is the newest seawall in Vancouver. It is an approximately 2 kilometres (1.5 mile) long seawall that runs the entire south edge of Coal Harbour from the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre to Stanley Park. Along the way you will see beautiful views of the shiny new Coal Harbour neighbourhood, North Vancouver and the mountains. You will pass a number of parks, restaurants, and marinas.
The English Bay Seawall is the most visited seawall in Vancouver.&nbps; It is an approximately 3 kilometres (2 miles) long seawall located right along the north side of English Bay that is easily accessed from the West End neighbourhood. It runs from English Bay Beach to the Burrard Street Bridge. You will have great views of English Bay. Along the way you will see English Bay Beach and Sunset Beach and some monuments and art works.
The False Creek Seawall is about an approximately 10 kilometres (6 miles) long seawall that goes from the Burrard Street Bridge along the north side of False Creek to Scienceworld, then along the south side of False Creek all the way to Kitsilano Beach!&nbps;
The City of Vancouver has a good printable map that can be found here: Seawalls Map
Good information about cycling the seawalls can be found here: VanSeawall.ca
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