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SEAWALL
Vancouver, B. C. Canada

Map of Vancouver Crab Park to Canada Place Canada Place to Devonian Harbour Park Devonian Harbour Park to Brockton Point Brockton Point to Lions Gate Bridge Lions Gate Bridge to Second Beach Second Beach to Burrard St. Burrard St. to Cambie St. Cambie St. to Cambie St. Cambie St. to Granville Is. Granville Is. to Kitsalano

Click (with your mouse) along the shoreline (of the above map) to see the pictures of that section of the Seawall.

Officially, or `originally', the `Seawall', nearly, circumnavigates Stanley Park. From English Bay and Coal Harbour it goes North around Prospect Point.
Unofficially the Seawall runs East from English Bay to Science World, then West to the left edge of the above map, just West of the Kitsalano Pool.
Also, unofficially, the Seawall runs East from Coal Harbour along the shores of the Burrard Inlet to the West of Canada Place, just to the right of the edge of the above map.
If one were to follow the edge of blue, in the map, they could walk or cycle along a, circuitous, route from, nearly, one side of the city, to the other.

Author's note: Map, courtesy of `English Bay . Com'.

SECTIONS OF THE SEAWALL


(FROM NORTH EAST TO SOUTH WEST)

CRAB PARK to
CANADA PLACE
CANADA PLACE to
DEVONIAN HARBOUR PARK
DEVONIAN HARBOUR PARK
to BROCKTON POINT
BROCKTON POINT to
LIONS GATE BRIDGE
LIONS GATE BRIDGE
to SECOND BEACH
SECOND BEACH
to BURRARD STREET
BURRARD STREET
to CAMBIE STREET
CAMBIE STREET
to CAMBIE STREET
CAMBIE STREET
to GRANVILLE ISLAND
GRANVILLE ISLAND
to KITSALANO

DESTINATIONS ALONG THIS SECTION OF THE SEAWALL


(IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER)

200 Granville St. Burrard inlet Canada Place Crab Park Granville Square
Inner Harbour Main Street Bridge Portside Park SeaBus SkyTrain Vancouver Harbour Heliport

In the beginning, the earlier part of the twentieth century, in what would become the center of the city of Vancouver, there was a tree covered mountain.

Workers cut a trail through the giant trees, to the top of Little Mountain and began to dig away the rock from the top.

The rock was carted away in horse drawn wagons, down the side of the mountain, on a dirt, and often mud, as it rained so often, trail, that would eventually become Cambie Street.

The more southerly of the two quarries, that were being created, would eventually become a water reservoir for the city.

Filled with water it is currently covered over with steel and concrete to form a parking lot for the rest of the mountain.

The second quarry, eventually, became a very beautiful sunken garden and Little Mountain, after a visit by English Royalty, was renamed Queen Elizabeth Park.

The rock, which was so labouriously excavated and hauled, eventually reached the Northern outskirts of the growing city.

Though work slowed down during the war years, as many of the workers were overseas fighting for Mother England, the rock was eventually formed, and mortared into a, nearly complete, circle around Stanley Park.

The Sea Wall, completed after 49 years, entertains, and thrills, Vancouverites, and visitors, night and day, summer and winter.

Unofficially the five miles of rock has been extended over the last few years until it stretches East along the Northern shore of False creek, around the Molson Indy race track, and West along the Southern shore of False creek, through Granville Island to the district of Kitsalano.

The other end of the original Seawall, except, like the Southern extension, where interrupted by construction, now extends along the Southern shore of Burrard Inlet, or the Inner Harbour, passed Canada Place to Crab Park.

This then is a pictorial view of the entire length of the new, and old, Sea Wall of Vancouver, in 2003.

PROLOGUE

Unofficially, unofficially, the Seawall extends: East from the Sea Plane Terminal, or at least where it was temporarily located in February of `03, where Coal Harbour Road joins Waterfront Rd.; along Waterfront Rd., underneath Canada Place Way; through Crab Park; to the Main Street Bridge.

Officially, this area: East of Canada Place, to Main Street; between Waterfront Rd. and the water; is know as `The Central Waterfront Port Lands' and is owned by the VPC (Vancouver Port Corporation.

In the mid 90's, amidst much controversy, a new bridge replaced the railway crossing at the North end of Main St.

(End of bridge and Main St..) (Bridge at end of Main St..)

After further protest, at great expense, the building, to the right of the bridge, was purchased, then demolished, and replaced, with a zigzag stairway. The activists claimed that the sidewalk, on the side of the bridge, was too steep for wheel chairs, thus denying access, to the park, for the handicapped, that lived in that area.

For many, this bridge is the start of the seawall.

Page One
THE UNOFFICIAL, UNOFFICIAL SEAWALL

CRAB PARK to CANADA PLACE

(Main St. Bridge with the Twin Lions inn the background.)

MAIN STREET BRIDGE. NOTICE THE TWO LIONS. BETWEEN THEM YOU CAN SEE TWO KNOBS OF A MOUNTAIN. ORIGINALLY NAMED, `MARIA'S PAPS', THEY ARE NOW CALLED `THE TWIN LIONS' . THIS HAS RESULTED IN THE NAME `LION' BEING USED, EXTENSIVELY, THROUGHOUT VANCOUVER: LION'S GATE BRIDGE; LION'S GATE HOSPITAL; ETC.

(Fishing boats tied to a wharf.)

A FISHERMAN'S WHARF ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PARKING LOT

On the North end of the Main St. Bridge there is a path that goes from the sidewalk, across the lawn, to the main trail through the park.

(Mexican destroyer at dock.)

MP 02, A MILITARY VESSEL, FROM MANZANILLO, MEXICO AT THE MAIN STREET DOCK.

(Main St. Bridge with 2 lions framing the Twin peaks of the mountain..)

FROM THE PARKING LOT TRUCKS ARE LOADED ONTO BARGES AND TRANSPORTED BY TYMAC LAUNCH SERVICE.

Cyclists, skateboarders, and roller skaters, usually stay on the sidewalk and bypass the park as the trail is gravel.

Path going into bushes.)

THE END OF THE SEAWALL. THE PARKING LOT IS PRIVATE AND NOT FOR THE USE OF SEAWALLERS.

(Water, people at water's edge, SeaBus in background..)

THE HOUSES ON THE SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN ARE IN AN AREA KNOWN AS `BRITISH PROPERTIES'.

This is not, officially, the seawall, nor is `Crab' the official name of the park.

During the conception of the park there was a local group know as `Create a Real Available Beach', or CRAB.

Officially the park is named, `Portside Park', but the locals still call it `Crab Park'.

(The path circles a wooden statue.)

PORTSIDE PARK. THIS IS THE ONLY PART OF THE `UNOFFICIAL', `UNOFFICIAL', SEAWALL THAT IS ACTUALLY CLOSE TO WATERS EDGE.

(The path circles a wooden statue.)

CIRCLING A STATUE THE PATH GIVES ACCESS TO A WHARF FROM WHICH ONE CAN FISH FOR CRABS OR TAKE PICTURES.

(A panoramic view of Crab Park.)

CRAB PARK (Portside Park)

(A panoramic view of Crab Park.)

PORTSIDE PARK (Crab Park)

In the next picture, we see, in the background, the green dome of the `Sun Building'. The original home of the Vancouver Sun Newspaper.

To the right, a small replica of the Eiffel Tower in Paris adorns the roof of the home building of the Woodward's chain of department stores.

When first built, the tower held a large spotlight. During the Second World War, it was felt that the light might attract enemy aeroplanes. The searchlight was replaced with a large revolving `W` which was lifted into place by the world's first twin rotor helicopter.

(A pathway through bushes.)

FROM CRAB PARK A PATH GOES THROUGH THE BUSHES CIRCLES A STATUE THEN GOES SOUTH TO A PARKING LOT.

(Night Shot of the Woodward’s sign.)

(LEFT) THE DOME TOP OF THE SUN BUILDING.
(RIGHT) THE `W' ATOP THE `WOODWARD’S' BUILDING.
(This picture was seen, here, by a publisher.
This picture, now, `6/7/27, graces the front cover of a book,
`Welfare Wednesdays' by Chris Walter)

The `W' is poised atop a replica of the Eiffel Tower. It was hoisted into place by the worlds' first twin rotor helicopter. Originally the tower had supported a spot light. Near the end of the second world war it was feared that the spotlight might attract enemy planes so it was replaced with the `W'.

(A panoramic view of the Inner Harbour.)

THE INNER HARBOUR, ALSO KNOW AS BURRARD INLET.

( View of parking lot from atop the hill in Crab Park.)

LOOKING DOWN FROM THE HILL IN CRAB PARK, ONE SEES, IN THE DISTANCE, THE GRASSY LOT USED FOR PARKING BY TRAVELLERS ABOARD THE CRUISE SHIPS. THE PARKING LOT IN THE FRONT OF THE PICTURE IS USED AS A STAGING AREA BY BUSSES, AND TRUCKS, THAT WILL SERVICE THE CRUISE SHIPS. AT NOON, EMPLOYEES OF LOCAL BUSINESSES LIKE TO PARK HERE AND WANDER THE SHORE LINE DURING THEIR LUNCH BREAK. THE SEAWALL ACTUALLY GOES FROM THE SIDEWALK, CATTY CORNER, ACROSS THIS PARKING LOT, TO THE BEACH, AND PORTSIDE PARK.

( SeaBus arrives at the terminal.)

BECAUSE OF WATERFRONT BUSINESSES, SEAWALL WALKERS MUST USE THE SIDEWALK ALONG THIS STRETCH OF WATERFRONT RD.

(Helijet sign)

ENTRANCE TO THE DRIVEWAY TO THE HELIPORT.

(View of water and Helipad.)

A HELIJET HELICOPTER SITS ON THE, ABOVE WATER, HELIPAD. IN THE BACKGROUND, CANADA PLACE CRUISE SHIP TERMINAL.

(SeaBus arrives at the terminal.)

DURING THE DAY, THE SEABUS LEAVES EVERY 15 MINUTES, CARRYING PASSENGERS, AND BICYCLES, TO THE CITY OF NORTH VANCOUVER.

(View of water and North Vancouver.)

THE C. P. R. USED TO MARSHAL RAIL CARS HERE FOR THE BARGE TO VANCOUVER ISLAND, NOW THEY MARSHAL FOR THE; CEN, AND VAN, TERM CONTAINER PORTS. AN OVERHEAD, PEDESTRIAN, WALKWAY CONNECTS THE C. P. R. BUILDING TO THE SEABUS TERMINAL. HARBOUR TOWER [Background, (Left)] WITH THE `TOP OF VANCOUVER' REVOLVING RESTAURANT. GRANVILLE SQUARE, (Right) HOME OF THE VANCOUVER; SUN; AND PROVINCE, NEWSPAPERS.

To the South of Waterfront Rd., escalators and stairs, from the old C.P.R. (Canadian Pacific Railway) station, grant access to the tracks, and the West Coast Express, a daily commuter train that services the Fraser Valley. Behind them are more escalators that access the SkyTrain.

The West Coast Express departs, approximately, every half hour from 3:50 PM to 6:20 PM. The SkyTrain doesn't run on a schedule but departs, approximately, every three to eight minutes depending on the time of the day.

(Covered escalators from the overhead walk way to the train platform.)

AN OVERHEAD, PEDESTRIAN, WALKWAY CONNECTS THE C. P. R. BUILDING TO THE SEABUS TERMINAL ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE STREET.

(View of water and North Vancouver.)

THE CITY OF NORTH VANCOUVER, ON THE NORTHERN SHORE OF THE INNER HARBOUR (BURRARD INLET), AS SEEN FROM THE UNOFFICIAL, UNOFFICIAL SEAWALL.

(Waterfront Rd. Underneath Canada Place.)

BE SURE TO REMOVE YOUR SUNGLASSES AND TURN ON YOUR HEADLIGHTS. THERE IS NO LIGHTING BENEATH, CANADA PLACE (On your right) AND THE WATERFRONT HOTEL (Left).

(R. C. M. P. Lindsay, at dock.)

ON THE NORTHERN SIDE IS THE WHARF WHERE THE
R. C. M. P. (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) BOATS PARK, OFTEN DWARFED BY HUGE CRUISE SHIPS WHICH DOCK DIRECTLY BEHIND THEM.

(The Infinity, tied up at Canada place.)

THE `INFINITY', CELEBRITY CRUISES, TIED UP AT CANADA PLACE, EAST.

(Beneath the bow of the Ryndam, tied up at Canada place.)

BENEATH THE BOW, WORKERS CLEAN THE ANCHOR WELL. ALONG THE SIDE A TUG HOLDS A BARGE WITH BINS TO COLLECT THE GARBAGE. THE `RYNDAM", HOLLAND AMERICA LINES, TIED UP AT CANADA PLACE, WEST.

This section is a little dangerous as there isn't really a sidewalk anywhere. Pedestrians should use the South side of the street. There is a yellow line, what can be seen of it, a few feet North of the parked cars. On the North side of the street there is no space between the driving lane and the pillars that hold the street overhead. Plus there are large trucks going in and out of Canada Place as they service the cruise ships.

(Waterfront Rd. Underneath Canada Place.)

FADED YELLOW LINES DENOTE PARKING SPACES AND A PEDESTRIAN SIDEWALK BEHIND THEM. THERE IS NO PEDESTRIAN FACILITY ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE. BETWEEN THE PILLARS THERE IS TEMPORARY PARKING, AND VIEWING OF THE CRUISE SHIPS, AT WATER LEVEL.

(Marine Building'.)

CORDOVA STREET IS BEING EXTENDED, ABOVE SKYTRAIN. THE FAMED `IMPERIAL CHINESE GARDEN' RESTAURANT, HOUSED IN THE FAMOUS `MARINE BUILDING' WILL LOSE THE VIEW FROM ITS MAGNIFICENT ARCHED WINDOWS

(Coal Harbour Road meets Waterfront Rd..)

A JOGGER, ON WATERFRONT RD., PAUSES TO OBSERVE THE CONSTRUCTION. COAL HARBOUR ROAD COMES DOWN ON `HIS' LEFT

Continued on NEXT page

THE UNOFFICIAL SEAWALL

Canada Place to Devonian Harbour Park

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