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Trans Canada Trail Legend:
|Trans Canada Trail Pavilion|
|Multi-Use Route (Cycling & Walking)|
|Hiking Only Route (No Cycling)|
|Equestrian Route (May Allow Cyclists/Walkers)|
|Temporary Bypass or Unofficial TCT Route|
|Trans Canada Trail Closed|
|Obstacle or Warning (click it for details)|
Alternate Route Legend:
|Alternate Route for Cyclists & Walkers|
|Alternate Route for Hiking|
|Alternate Route for Equestrians|
|Connection Point to the Trans Canada Trail|
Google Maps Legend:
|Map menu to access highlights, campsites, grocery stores, parking areas, toilets and more!|
|Click the grey star at the top of the map to favourite it in Google Maps, so you can pull it up later in your Google Maps app's "My Places".|
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- KML/KMZ files can be opened in Google Earth, and many smartphone apps.
- GPX files can be opened by most GPS software apps when KMZ cannot. Note, GPX files do not contain custom colours and icons that we use on our maps; all tracks and icons will appear the same colour and styles. We recommend using KMZ instead of GPX if possible.
The files below include data for only this specific area. For all of our Trans Canada Trail data for the entire province (including features, campsites and alternate routes), download our BC.kmz master file (1.2 MB)
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About the Route:
The Trans Canada Trail takes in the northern fringes of these two very large urban centers and manages to follow pathways most of the time but in some sections it finds itself on bikeways that are controlled quiet streets with sidewalks.
In the City of Vancouver the trail up to the Second Narrows Memorial Bridge is paved. From here there are both paved and gravel paths through Burnaby. Through Vancouver the pathway is mostly flat up to Clark Drive on the border of the Italian Quarter. From this point heading east there are a number of moderate short hills up to Burnaby Mountain. Burnaby Mountain offers spectacular views and ecology, the reward for a very stiff climb of about 2 km and an equally steep 4 km downhill back to sea level. Our map shows an alternate route that is much easier with a few short steep climbs along Burrard Inlet that takes in Barnet Marine Park for those who are not up to heavy climbing and downhill.
Trail Highlights and Developments:
In the City of Vancouver, the Trans Canada Trail connects a number of communities and parks highlighting 24 km of shoreline pathways or seawall. Some of the sites are:
- Coal Harbour with its new apartments towers, hotels, Canada Place and the Convention Center, and marinas.
- The West End with its great beaches that includes the internationally known Stanley Park.
- False Creek with its Granville Island Market and shops, parks with great views of the Vancouver skyline, and North Shore Mountains, the Olympic Village site, and Science World.
- Chinatown gate and Market along Keefer Street.
- The Italian Quarter best viewed along Commercial Avenue.
- Neighbourhood along Burrard Inlet connecting to New Brighton Park, the birthplace of Vancouver, to the east boundary of Vancouver overlooking mighty grain elevators, Burrard Inlet, and the North Shore Mountains.
In Burnaby, the trail is mainly a collection of greenways connecting parks along Burrard Inlet such as: Montrose Park overlooking former Crabtown, Confederation Park, Capitol Hill Conservation Area, Kensington Park, and Burnaby Mountain Park. Walkers are always on a pathway or a sidewalk and cyclists need to use the roadway whenever the route is a sidewalk in a few locations approaching Burnaby Mountain.
In Vancouver, there is parking at Coal Harbour, various points throughout Stanley Park Sunset Beach Vanier Park, Granville Island, Science World, and New Brighton Park. Of course, there is street parking in many areas along this route.
In Burnaby, there is limited parking at the north end of Boundary Road at the start of Montrose Park. Otherwise, there is limited street parking on side streets.
In Vancouver, there are public washrooms at the SeaBus terminal, Brockton Oval, Lumberman's Arch, Third Beach, Second Beach, English Bay, Granville Island Information Centre, Strathcona Community Centre, and New Brighton Park.
In Burnaby, there are public washrooms in Confederation Park and on the North side of the Horizon Restaurant on Centennial Park on Burnaby Mountain. Parking is available at Confederation Park, Kensington Park, and Centennial Park.
Westcoast Express (train) - Morning and evening trains - Vancouver to Mission - take bikes
Translink for Bus service - take bikes
SeaBus for Burrard Inlet crossing between Lonsdale Quay and Vancouver - take bikes
Note that Westcoast Express, Translink, and SeBus all work on the same fare system and allows for trasfers between them
AquaBus for False Creek crossings between the south and north shore - take bikes