Join our Waterfront Citizens’ Forum on January 28 and have your say

In the last few years, we have seen a trend that is encouraging for those who are interested in how we live in cities around the world: residents are increasingly claiming an active role in shaping the future of their communities. After all, they are the people who make up the community, they are the … Continue reading

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Water’s Edge Day draws Vancouverites to the shore

For Vancouverites, their city’s Waterfront is many things: it’s a place where they live, where they work, where they move around, where they access and protect beautiful nature – and not least, it’s a place where they come together to connect with other members of the community. On October 5th, we celebrated everything that makes … Continue reading



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Have fun on the waterfront … and see the shore from a different angle!

We love our waterfront here in Vancouver, the beaches, the parks, the seawall, the river — whether you’re on or off the water, there’s so much to do. But how much do we actually know about the shore? Do you know what the ships anchored in English Bay are carrying? Have you ever wondered what … Continue reading



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Mixing concrete and asparagus on Granville Island

Why a polarized and non-transparent debate will hurt the future of Vancouver’s treasured waterfront hub Years ago, someone came up with the idea of putting vegetables on concrete mixers to drive them around Vancouver, and guess what, it is working. Granted, the trucks aren’t used to bring veggies to market—quite the opposite: the larger-than-life ads … Continue reading



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Where salmon and shipyards are neighbours

What North Vancouver’s MacKay creek can teach us about urban shorelines What gets two dozen environmentalists, scientists and planners to cram into a school bus on a cold and rainy Saturday morning? The prospect of exploring the latest urban stream restorations in the city, of course! You would be forgiven for considering this field trip … Continue reading



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North Vancouver is about to transform its waterfront—and itself

Exciting things are happening on the northern shore of Burrard Inlet. In late February, the City of North Vancouver unveiled plans for the re-development of 12 acres of land sitting largely underutilized or vacant just a few steps west of Lonsdale Quay, one the city’s main hubs and connections to other parts of the region. … Continue reading



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What’s Not to Love About a Seawall?

It’s time to rethink how we design our shorelines Lately I’ve been wondering for how long you can gather a group of Vancouver residents before they start finding something to complain about their city. People here love to dwell on some of the downsides of living in Vancouver: the weather, housing prices, Vancouver’s “small-town” mentality … Continue reading



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