Alternate Route: Vancouver - Tsawwassen

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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)
Paddling/Water Route
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

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GPS Downloads

  • 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)

Visit our GPS & Navigation page for instructions of how to use your smartphone as a GPS device (even when outside of data coverage) or how to import data to your Garmin unit.

About the Route: 

This section of trail offers an alternate between the City of Vancouver and the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen - effectively the most scenic and most enjoyable way to travel between Victoria and Vancouver, when combined with the Lochside Trail once on Vancouver Island. Along the way it features among several parks Trout Lake, Burnaby Central Park, Metrotown and the Queensborough and Alex Fraser Bridges.

Science World to Richmond on the south side of the Alex Fraser Bridge is 14.3 km.  It is another 35 km to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal from Science World for a total of 50 km.

Connection Points to the TCT: 

This alternate route connects to the Trans Canada Trail at Science World. For those travelling into downtown Vancouver, refer to the Vancouver TCT page for multiple route options. For southbound travellers, follow Quebec Street to E 1st Ave in order to connect with the Central Valley Greenway.

  • Science World in Vancouver
  • Trail under the SkyTrain
  • Alex Fraser Bridge
  • Trail beside railway south of Alex Fraser
  • North of Mud Bay
  • Boundary Bay Dike Trail

Trail Highlights and Developments: 

  • Alternatively, at the Alex Fraser Bridge, one can turn west and travel another 22 km to the Golden Ears Bridge for a total of 36 km between Vancouver and Langely.
  • Alternately, at Mud Bay, one can continue south and travel another 33  km to the US border for a total of 47 km.

Transportation

It is worth noting that it is possible to take the Skytrain with a bike from Main Street in Vancouver to Commercial and Transfer on the Skytrain to New Westminster and get off at Edmonds or vice-versa.  This would reduce the cycling by about 14 km.

Directions: Northbound

Boundary Bay Greenway Connector Route from Ferry Terminal - 7.8 km (includes the causeway 3 km)

  • After leaving the causeway, take the roadway on the south side of the highway that goes through the Tsawwassen First Nations Lands to a golf course. If the road through the golf course is completed (under construction as of February 2013 - Otherwise you will need to take the bike lane on the highway to 52th St. and pick up the trail on the east side of this road) take the road all the way through the golf course to 52th St. and turn left on a trail that goes right up to the Highway.
  • Cross over to the other side of 52th St and backtrack to a trail between houses and empty fields.
  • Go past a playground and come out in a commercial centre.
  • Go to the street on your right and head for the Delta Community Cente after crossing 56th St.
  • On the right side of the community center is a pathway that heads all the way to the waterfront at Beach Grove taking in a few streets.

Boundary Bay Regional Greenway Dike Trail - 16.7 km (including Mud Bay Regional Park)

  • Head first northward then east on this fabulous ride all the way into Mud Bay Regional Park and go right to its entrance.
  • When there is a choice of trail when entering the park take the one on the right.
  • Look for the abundant bird life and great views across the bay.

Delta-South Surrey Regional Greenway Trail - 10.5 km

  • Follow the road out of the park all the way over a set of railroad tracks to Colebrook Rd.
  • Turn left and follow this road to a trail on the right 1.3 km from the park entrance.
  • Follow the Regional Greenway signs past a golf course.
  • Right after going under Ladner Trunk Rd take the trail on the left.
  • Stay on this trail past Watershed Park, along Davies Creek, and along Burns Bog right up to the Alex Fraser Bridge.

From the South side of the Alex Fraser Bridge to Science World in Vancouver

  • Please note that the Alex Fraser Bridge and the Queensborough Bridge have a pathway on each side of the bridge depending which way you are going.  Please try to use the the side of the bridge that allows cycling in the same direction of the cars.
  • After going across the Alex Fraser Bridge, take pathways through Queensborough to the Queensborough Bridge.
  • From the Queensborough Bridge the the BC Parkway/7-11 Trail to John Henry Park.  From here there is a connection to the Central Valley Greenway.  Follow it all the way to Vancouver.

Report a Trail Closure

ONLY USE THIS FORM TO REPORT CLOSURES ON THE TRANS CANADA TRAIL / THE GREAT TRAIL.

Trail maintenance issues are the responsibility of the Trail Steward, which is either the trail owner or a group given authorization to perform maintenance work. Trails BC is a trail steward for a very limited number of trail segments on the Trans Canada Trail; unfortunately, if a major trail issue occurs along the Trans Canada Trail, there is often very little we can do about it - but we can try to pass on the information to the trail steward, if one exists.

Information such as a precise location (GPS waypoint), photo, as well as your contact information is extremely helpful to ensure the problem is accurately reported.

AGAIN, DO NOT USE THIS FORM TO SUBMIT NOTICES ABOUT TRAILS THAT ARE NOT PART OF THE TRANS CANADA TRAIL. We will simply delete the submission and it will not be posted or passed on to anyone. If you need to report a closure on such a trail, please determine the trail owner or operator and send a notice to them.

Would it be unwise to continue through the closure or blockage? You may add more detail in your report.
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