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Trip 060 - September 6, 2011 (Tuesday)

Vancouver Seawall Visit

Denman Street to Canada Place

Location in Vancouver:
Our trip begins in the West End of downtown - on Denman Street one block North of Georgia Street.

Liked: Walking around the seawall, natural views, observing seaplanes, seeing a cruise ship at Canada Place.

Of note: The Seawall is very popular. Watch out for cyclists, skateboarders and rollerbladers. There might be no shade on Canada Place promenade.

Related Website: The Seawall - City of Vancouver Official Site.

Other BC Cities, Towns and Locations We Have Visited: Agassiz, Bella Coola, Bralorne, Chilliwack, Fort Nelson, Gold Bridge, Harrison Hot Springs, Hope, Horseshoe Bay, Merritt, Mission, Nanaimo (Old City Square), Port Alberni, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Smithers, Squamish, Telkwa, Tofino, Tumbler Ridge, Vancouver (Stanley Park), West Vancouver (Ambleside Park). 


Vancouver Seawall is very long, and runs from the beaches near the University of British Columbia all the way to Canada Place. This trip report covers a short stretch of the Seawall between Denman Street and Canada Place.

1. We are on Denman Street, ready to cross Georgia Street and walk one block to the Seawall. A bicycle rental shop is right behind our back.

Denman Street at Georgia Street Vancouver BC Canada

2. After crossing Georgia Street, take a few steps to the left and say hello to Vancouver's own Iron Lady.

Iron Lady Statue Georgia Street Vancouver British Columbia Canada

3. Now we are at the North end of Denman Street. To the left is a short walk to Stanley Park. But we will go to the right towards Canada Place.

4. Right here you can also find a convenient map of downtown Vancouver. Our current location is indicated by a yellow circle in the upper left side of the photo with a letter i inside. We would be going along the dark green dotted line to Canada Place, which is indicated by a small red circle with a number 3 inside.

Map of Downtown Vancouver BC

5. Seawall is very popular with locals and visitors. Here we are looking towards the Lift Restaurant. Westin Bayshore Hotel is on the right side behind the trees.

Vancouver Seawall near Westin Bayshore Hotel and Lift Restaurant

6. Many interesting yachts are docked at the marina by the Seawall. There are also some houseboats present.

Yachts docked in downtown Vancouver BC

7. Arguably the best Seawall art piece - a house on piles.

House on Piles Art Vancouver BC Seawall

8. Now we are walking the final stretch before reaching Canada Place.

Seawall Vancouver BC Canada

9. The best entertainment here is the Seaplane base. Watching the seaplanes take off and land is a popular activity.

Harbour Air Seaplane Vancouver British Columbia Canada

10. This is the seaplane base as seen from the top of the stairs leading to Canada Place via the Convention Centre promenade. Stanley Park is in the background.

Seaplane Base Vancouver BC Near Convention Centre

11. And here is the promenade along the West Building of the Convention Centre.

VCEC West Building Promenade Vancouver British Columbia Canada

12. Once you reach the Convention Centre's Northeast corner, Canada Place can be seen in full glory. The Pan Pacific Hotel is the building on top.

Canada Place Vancouver BC

13. Now it's time to walk on the promenade around Canada Place.

Canada Place West Promenade

14. Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre (West Building) can be seen from Canada Place promenade. The seaplane base is just beyond VCEC.

VCEC West Building

15. Now we are at the North end of the Canada Place promenade.

North End of Canada Place Promenade

16. After that, we started walking back on the East promenade, and this is how downtown Vancouver looks from there.

Downtown Vancouver BC Canada seen from Canada Place

17. Cruise ships heading to Alaska dock at Canada Place, and there was one ship present during our walking tour. Three ships docked at Canada Place in the Summer is not an unusual sight.

Disney Cruise Ship at Canada Place

18. Looking at the ship and Canada Place from the side.

Canada Place And a Cruise Ship Vancouver British Columbia Canada

19. If you get hungry from all the walking, there is a food court across from Canada Place. Here is a fountain by the food court.

20. Art inside the food court.

Art Inside Waterfront Food Court

Vancouver Seawall is a great place to visit, and is certainly highly recommended.

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Vancouver Maritime Museum


Stanley Park Visit



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ihikebc.com Trip 060 - Vancouver Seawall Visit (Denman Street to Canada Place)