On Water: Vancouver's Non-motorized Watercraft Strategy

Help us imagine the future of canoeing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and more for Vancouver's waterways

There are many ways to enjoy Vancouver’s increasingly popular waterways. As more people take to the water for recreation, we want to enhance public use and access to non-motorized watercraft opportunities on our shared waterfront.

This strategy will help us to:

  • Identify priority areas for the development and management of facilities, infrastructure, and programs, over the next 10 years, including opportunities for collaborative programming and coordination among service providers
  • Identify optimum levels of service provided in relation to levels of use and future population growth
  • Provide guidance to the Park Board to inform decisions that impact non-motorized watercraft activities
  • Provide a user-friendly resource to show the best places to safely engage in non-motorized watercraft activities

Non-motorized watercraft

  • Canoeing
  • Dragon boating
  • Kayaking
  • Rowing
  • Outrigging
  • Paddle boarding
  • Surf skiing
  • Wind surfing
  • Kite surfing and boarding
  • Small craft sailing

What's happening

We want to hear from you

We are looking for your feedback about the proposed vision and strategic directions and your ideas to improve non-motorized watercraft experiences and opportunities in Vancouver.

Online survey

Take our online survey to provide your feedback.

Take the survey

Upcoming events

Join us for a drop-in open house (first hour) followed by an informal presentation by Park Board staff and an engaging workshop. Stay for as much or as little as you can!

Email onwater@vancouver.ca to register for the workshop portion of the event.

Date and time: Tuesday, February 27, 5:30pm to 9pm
Location: Creekside Community Centre, 1 Athletes Way
 A Mandarin-speaking interpreter will be present

Date and time: Monday, March 5, 5pm to 8:30pm
Location: City Lab, 511 W Broadway
 A Mandarin-speaking interpreter will be present

Date and time: Saturday, March 10, 10:30am to 2pm
Location: Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery St

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Summary of Phase 1 public consultation

In Phase 1 of public consultation, you told us about how you currently use the water for recreation, the types of activities you participate in, and where you typically access the water. You identified your key challenges, areas for improvement, and what you think already works well. In Phase 1 we learned:

  1. The top three areas of satisfaction are:
    • Access points to the water for launching
    • Facilities for washing equipment
    • Shower and change facilities
  2. The top three barriers to participation are:
    • Availability of storage equipment
    • Feeling safe on the water
    • A fear of conflict with other boats or ships
  3. The top three areas for improvement are:
    • Water quality and protection
    • Enhancing the marine environment
    • Water access for launching

How will my feedback be considered?

In conjunction with our research and trends from other global cities, your feedback will help develop strategies and actions recommended for the future of non-motorized watercraft recreation in Vancouver. 

Now, in Phase 2, we’re asking for your feedback about the vision and strategic directions that will set the framework for the recommendations to follow in Phase 3 of the planning process. These were developed based on your feedback from Phase 1 combined with ongoing research and analysis.

Follow our progress

  1. Summer – fall 2017 Phase 1 – Discovery
  2. Fall 2017 – winter 2018Phase 2 – Develop preliminary
  3. Winter – spring 2018Phase 3 – Develop draft strategy

On water in real time: a photo collective

Together let's create a living gallery of your favourite moments on water! What do you value about Vancouver's waterways—a stunning sunset, water reflections, landscapes, wildlife, sporty action shots, or quiet moments frozen in time?