VANCOUVER – Downtown


      Jan-01 – Dec-31

START POINT: JJ Bean Coffee, 1188 Alberni St   V6E 1A5
DISTANCES: 5,6,7,8,10 &11k                      RATING: 2A/2B
REGISTRATION: Daily: 08:00 – 17:00. Call store to confirm hours of operation. Tel: 604-254-3724
PROGRAM: Art in Public Places, Famous Canadians, Dock & Walk, Moving Waters, Time to Walk
DIRECTIONS: By car: Go along West Georgia St. Start Point (at corner of Bute St) is between Robson St & West Georgia St & 2 blocks west of Burrard St. By Transit: Take any bus that goes along West Georgia St & stop at West Georgia & Bute. Start point is within walking distance from Burrard, Granville & Vancouver City Centre SkyTrain stations.
INFORMATION: Ask staff for Walk Box (in back office).

There are six routes:


  1. Chinatown 10k (rating 2A): This route goes through Downtown Vancouver, Gastown and Chinatown (with an opportunity to walk inside the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park when it is open), including a heritage walk through the oldest residential neighbourhood in the City of Vancouver – discover historic buildings and sidewalk mosaics. We will also enjoy a walk in CRAB (Create A Real Available Beach) Park at Portside, returning to downtown along the Seawall. During the cruise ship season (May to September), there will be a chance to see the majestic cruise ships docked at Canada Place.
  2. Lost Lagoon – Blue Heron Colony 10k (rating 2B): We will walk along the Coal Harbour waterfront from the Convention Centre into Stanley Park where you will be welcomed by Lord Stanley. Walk through the Rose Garden. Then to the north side of Lost Lagoon. Check out the Rhododendron Garden and the Blue Heron Colony, one of the largest urban colony in North America. Pass English Bay and the Inukshuk. Finish with a heritage walk in the West End.
  3. Science World 7k & 10k (rating 2A): See some of Vancouver’s most iconic sights on this route. Starting in the downtown core, head towards the Seawall, passing the Inukshuk at English Bay in the West End and Sunset Beach Park. Travelling east, visit the heritage Canadian Pacific Railway Roundhouse and the Engine 374 Display Pavilion which houses Locomotive No. 374. Continue along the Seawall to Science World, the centre of Expo 86 and also a centrepiece for the 2010 Olympics. Turning back into the downtown core, we cross the Georgia Viaduct, slated for demolition in the near future. The 7K route (rating 2A) will only go to the Roundhouse & Yaletown. NOTE: You can choose to walk underneath the Viaduct.
  4. Victory Square – Yaletown 6k, 8k & 10k (rating 2A) – available after May 20, 2023This walk will go along the Seaside Greenway pass Coal Harbour to Canada Place, Gastown and then to Victory Square. Continue to BC Place Stadium, Seaside Greenway, the Roundhouse and back via Yaletown. Don’t miss this walk. It will take you to some parts of downtown not covered in the other walks.  November 11 only: This walk will take you to Victory Square by 11:00am for the Remembrance Day ceremony.
    The 6k will only go to Victory Square and then return to the start point.
  5. West End 5k, 6k & 11k (rating 2A): This walk is made up of two loops. The 5K Western Loop goes to the Olympic Cauldron (2010 Winter Olympics) in Jack Poole Plaza, up onto the “living roof”, then along the Coal Harbour Seaside Greenway (Seawall), all the way to Westin Bayshore Hotel. Then through some nice heritage-home neighbourhoods in the West End. The 6K Eastern Loop goes through Downtown Vancouver, around Canada Place Building along “The Canadian Trail”, Gastown & part of Chinatown, including the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Park. We will return along West Georgia, the hub of downtown shopping and transportation.
  6. Christmas Lights 6k,10k & 11k (rating 2A): available after the first week in December. Best time to do this walk is late afternoon. Route goes through Downtown Vancouver following the signs to “CHRISTMAS AT CANADA PLACE” for the Woodward’s windows and Canada’s North light display. Then up the living green roof to see the CHRISTMAS MARKET at Jack Poole Plaza. Walk along the Seaside Greenway (Seawall), to the beautiful marina in Coal Harbour, passing Westin Bayshore Hotel. Continue to the “BRIGHT NIGHTS” in Stanley Park. Return via Beach Avenue all the way to the LIGHTS OF HOPE at St. Paul’s Hospital.

Shorter route options: (1) Downtown – West End route – Western Loop (5k) & Eastern Loop (6k); (2) Science World (7k: rating 2A) which only goes to Roundhouse & Yaletown.