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"Strollin' the seawall" Top 5 Page for this destination The Sea Wall Tip by Carmanah

The Sea Wall, Vancouver: 3 reviews and 3 photos

  Strollin' the seawall
by Carmanah

Favorite thing: The seawall plays a major role in the authentic Vancouver experience. And it's fair to say that you haven't experienced Vancouver until you've strolled (or jogged, or cycled, or skateboarded, or rollerbladed) the seawall.

The seawall is what surrounds most of Downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park. It starts at Canada Place, heading west through Coal Harbour, around Stanley Park, along Third beach, Second Beach and English Bay, rounding its way down along False Creek to Yaletown, bending up around BC Place Stadium and over to Science World, and following along to Stamp's Landing, Fairview and hooking up with Granville Island then under the Burrard Street Bridge to Vanier Park and Kitsilano Beach. All together it's 22 km in length.

However, the seawall might be significant of thing further...

In 2006 I was invited to attend a Geography Alumni meeting at UBC on Valentine's Day (out of all days!) and our guest speaker was Lance Berelowitz, a Vancouver urban planner. He said something that has stuck with me since. He mentioned that unlike most major cities, such as London or New York, Vancouver lacks a central public gathering space. Where other cities might have places like Central Park or Trafalgar Square, Vancouver has... the seawall. But people do not come to the seawall to gaze n at Vancouver. People gather along the seawall to gaze out and away from the city.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 20, 2008
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