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A guide to a bicycle adventure along the BC Parkway

Thinking of spending more time outdoors with family and friends? Why not plan a cycling trip so that you explore things locally while enjoying some awesome activities along the way?

BC Parkway is a great route to take if you’d prefer a mostly flat 25-kilometre ride with scenic park views, murals and local destinations across Metro Vancouver. It extends from Vancouver to Burnaby, New Westminster and all the way to Surrey City Centre. The route offers multiple opportunities to explore vibrant neighborhoods and parks.

If you’re up for a pedal-powered adventure, we’ve prepared an epic guide along BC Parkway for you! This guide takes you from west to east, from Vancouver to Surrey.

*The BC Parkway closely parallels the Expo Line, so you can plan a multi-modal trip by biking to your end destination and hop onto the SkyTrain with your bike to head back home or whenever you feel like taking a break and commuting to your next stop. View the map here and check our Bikes on Transit page for rules on taking your bike on trains.

 

 

Breakfast on Commercial Drive

Grab breakfast and drinks at Vancouver’s Little Italy. Are you a sandwich fan? Then La Grotta del Formaggio is the first thing you need to check out on the Drive for slices of delightfully fresh bread and variety of toppings of your choice. If you belong to a bagel camp,  check out Rosemary Rocksalt or Benny’s Bagels, Caffe Calabria is another awesome place that offers traditional Italian coffee, gelato and a variety of desserts. And there are so many options on the Drive, including Cafe Deux Soleils, Prado Cafe, Tangent Cafe — you name it!

If you’d like to kick-start your cycling tour right away, you can get a quick breakfast or a snack at Commercial-Broadway Station. Find some Cantonese signatures and seasonal dishes at Neptune, grab a pizza slice at Megabite or breakfast menu at A&W.

Get a Healthy Dose of Nature at the John Hendry Park

The BC Parkway bike path winds through the east side of the John Hendry Park. The park offers a beautiful view to the North Shore Mountains. It’s amazing how the surrounding wildlife and calming views of the Trout Lake can make you forget you’re in the middle of the city!

Instagram-worthy shot at Joyce–Collingwood 

Make a stop at Joyce-Collingwood Station and take a picture with a colourful public art installation by Renée Van Half, titled ‘Carpeting.’ A colourful public art piece wraps around the new west stationhouse and consists of brightly coloured geometric panels covering the pavement and walls.

 

Explore the trails at Central Park

BC Parkway route will eventually lead you through a lovely stretch of Central Park in Burnaby. This 86.4-hectare urban park is notable for its immense douglas fir, western hemlock, cedar, poplar and maple groves. You can make a small detour and spend more time exploring various biking trails, sculptures and enjoying wildlife.

Satisfy your sweet tooth at Metrotown

There’s no bad time for dessert, especially if you’re passing through Burnaby’s Metrotown neighbourhood. We have several suggestions for you from inside Metropolis at Metrotown mall: St. Germain, Manzano Europa Bakery, and Uncle Tetsu. Want something a little closer to the BC Parkway path? There’s Mon Paris Patisserrie that’s along the BC Parkway, directly north of Metrotown Station.

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Explore the New Westminster Quay

The New Westminster part of the path is really scenic. Westminster Quay is home to the beloved Westminster Pier Park, Fraser River Discovery Centre, and River Market. The Westminster Pier Park connects visitors to the mighty Fraser River and when combined with the Waterfront Esplanade Boardwalk creates a magnificent 2.5 km linear waterfront park.

Both River Market and Fraser River Discovery Centre are within 1 km of the park. Visit Fraser River Discovery Centre to explore the stories and diversity of the entire Fraser River and its contribution to the life, history and future of British Columbia and its people. Drop by the River Market, a culinary destination for everyday foodies. Don’t forget to check out the infamous Great Wall of Tea for over 150 varieties of teas from around the globe.

 

As you explore this lively neighborhood, don’t forget to take a picture of the Tin Soldier located on the waterfront closer to the River Market. The 9.75-metre tall tin soldier was listed as the World’s Largest Tin Soldier in the 2002 Guinness Book of World Records.

Surrey Central: Dinner time! 

Cross the Pattullo Bridge into Surrey and wrap up your day by dining at Grandt Cuisine, a Filipino restaurant located one minute away from Surrey Central Station. This place is famous for their boodle fights, a family-style meal that is served on top of banana leaves. Once you’re done, you can take the SkyTrain with your bike to head home.

 

BC Parkway upgrades are now complete

With the development of transit oriented neighbourhoods around SkyTrain stations, the BC Parkway is an increasingly important facility for walking and wheeling (pedestrians, commuter and recreational cyclists, wheelchair users, in-line skating, and so on).

As part of TransLink’s ongoing investment in cycling infrastructure, we have upgraded the pavement and curbs at select locations along the BC Parkway. This work was completed as part of the TransLink Maintenance and Repair Program.

TransLink implementing mandatory face covering policy

Beginning Monday, August 24, TransLink will require customers to wear non-medical masks or face coverings while on board transit vehicles.  This step is essential to ensuring customers have confidence riding transit as British Columbia’s economy continues to reopen and more people commute around the region.

“Physical distancing is not always going to be possible on transit, particularly once more riders return to the system,” says TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “Customer confidence is key to rebuilding ridership in the context of this pandemic and we believe this step is important to bring many of our riders back.  We’ve listened to transit users who want to see face coverings made mandatory on transit vehicles.”

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Waterfront Station Expo Line access to close on August 8–9

Platform closure will allow for system maintenance and repairs

Access to Waterfront Station’s Expo Line platform will close on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9. 

Access to and from the Expo Line at Waterfront Station will be closed on Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 to accelerate maintenance work while there are fewer people on the system. Access to the Expo Line at Waterfront Station will reopen at the start of service on Monday, August 10.

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SeaBus increasing 15-minute sailings

More convenient schedule for customers and extra space on vessels

SeaBus 15-minute sailings increasing, starting the week of August 3. 

Beginning on Monday, August 3, weekday SeaBus departures will occur every 15 minutes between 7:15 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 9:15 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. on weekends. A holiday schedule will be in effect on BC Day. Currently 15-minute sailings only occur during weekday rush hours.

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TransLink highlights opportunities to speed up Metro Vancouver buses

More than 25 quick changes could save customers time and improve regional transit

TransLink is releasing its assessment of near-term opportunities for municipal projects aimed at improving bus travel times around Metro Vancouver while also improving the overall flow of traffic during the pandemic. TransLink has identified more than 25 bus priority opportunities that could be implemented quickly with little impact on surrounding areas.

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Our new report highlights the success story of our entire region in 2019

We just released the 2019 Transit Service Performance Review (TSPR)! This is basically a report card on transit service. It provides a comprehensive review of ridership and service productivity for bus, SeaBus, SkyTrain, West Coast Express and HandyDART.

You can find the full report, complementary resources, and CSV files here

By using the data in the TSPR we can identify opportunities to reduce overcrowding, improve performance and reliability and meet the needs of our customers as the region continues to grow.

Given the significant impact of COVID-19 on our ridership in 2020, we are now facing an entirely new set of circumstances. While the data provided by the report is less relevant for immediate planning purposes, the 2019 TSPR will be instrumental as we map out our blueprint for ridership recovery in 2020 and beyond.  Read more »

This is how to take public transit (bus) from Vancouver to Victoria and back

Don’t let the lack of a car stop you from exploring our beautiful capital city, Victoria, this summer because you can easily take public transit to get there! You can visit Tourism Victoria‘s website for all the city has to offer.

In total, the trip from Vancouver to Victoria will take you about four hours, so plan accordingly whether you’d like to do a day trip or spend an entire weekend there. You’ll be riding with BC Transit, BC Ferries and TransLink, so there will be three separate fares.

Check list before you go

  • A face covering for all styles of transportation
  • $5 in coins for your BC Transit fare – $2.50 in coins to pay the fare for the bus ride from the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal to downtown Victoria, and another $2.50 for the return trip. Alternatively, you can purchase a BC Transit DayPASS for $5 for unlimited travel for the entire day on any route! You can find all fare details at bctransit.com/victoria.
  • Your TransLink fare, which varies depending on how many zones you travel. You can easily estimate your fare on our website.
    • For a trip from downtown Vancouver, it’s a two zone fare, which means you’ll need a Compass Card with at least $6.90 in Stored Value, or $8.50 in cash to cover a return trip.

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Celebrate #VanVirtualPride this year and enter a draw for a Pride-themed face covering

This year, we’ll be celebrating Vancouver Pride a little differently! The Vancouver Pride Society has re-imagined the annual event as a virtual one.

There will be an amazing line-up of events from all-ages family events to educational opportunities to dance parties, starting on Monday, July 27 through Sunday, August 2. Check out their 2020 event lineup! All will be live streamed to their FacebookYouTube and Twitch pages. The virtual Vancouver Pride Parade begins on Sunday, August 2 at 1 p.m.

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TransLink completes Nanaimo Exchange renovations

Customers returning to transit can now make full use of the revamped Nanaimo Exchange. The refurbished bus exchange now offers several new and improved features to enhance the customer experience such as a new plaza to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety and public artwork highlighting the history of the station.

The upgrades include:

  • New bus shelters, benches, and landscaping to provide more space
  • A new plaza to reduce crowding and improve customer flow
  • Enhanced lighting and sightlines to increase safety
  • A new layout to simplify pedestrian, cyclist, and bus flow
  • Improvements to BC Parkway in and near the Exchange
  • A public art piece illustrating historical sites and events on our transit network

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TransLink welcomes aboard Guide and Service Dogs-in-Training

TransLink’s opening the doors to the Vancouver Transit Centre bus depot to dozens of Guide and Service Dogs-in-Training. The new recruits will be familiarized with several buses repeatedly, in order to accelerate their training. This is important given their training schedule has fallen behind due to COVID-19.

“COVID-19 has been a real challenge for everyone and I’m pleased to support the training of Service and Guide Dogs in any way we can,” says Coast Mountain Bus Company President Michael McDaniel. “I hope this training can help get trained Guide and Service Dogs to the people who need them as quickly as possible.” Read more »

15 years of the low-floor trolleybus in Metro Vancouver

Trolleybuses have been a part of Metro Vancouver’s transportation network for more than 70 years!

The very first was a Canadian Car Brill T-44 , which hit the roads on August 16, 1948, after the streetcar network was decommissioned in a “rails-to-rubber” conversion.

Like all other buses at the time, it was a high-floor bus, which meant you had to walk up a flight of stairs to board. As the fleet renewed and expanded over the years, they were all high-floor buses because the low floor, which is common today, didn’t exist.

It all changed on July 20, 2005 – 15 years ago – we were handed the keys to a prototype low-floor trolleybus at Stanley Park.

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New planning tool simplifies regional truck navigation

Truck Route Planner to optimize travel patterns for Metro Vancouver truck operators

TransLink and the Government of British Columbia are releasing the Truck Route Planner, an online tool to help commercial vehicle operators plan their trips. This tool is the first of its kind in Canada to plan truck routes with a holistic picture of the region’s commercial vehicle network.

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TransLink completes Granville Station upgrades

Longest escalators in Metro Vancouver replaced as part of station overhaul

The newly upgraded Granville Station is set to reopen with six new escalators to improve customer experience. Three of the new escalators are the longest in Metro Vancouver with over 500 steps in total. Two entrances at Granville and Seymour streets will also reopen.

Starting on July 17, customers travelling through Granville Station will have access to:

  • Six new escalators with enhanced safety, durability, and reliability
  • New wayfinding signage and monitors displaying the next arriving trains
  • Granville Station’s main entrance from Granville Street
  • Granville Station’s Seymour Street entrance and staircase

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Fluffy appearances on transit

Transit is coming back to life and we’re excited to welcome more of you on the system in the upcoming months! Our ridership has been always diverse  🐶🙋‍♂️👩🦆  and in the past some of our special furry friends, both real and illustrated ones, have made an appearance on the system.

Join us for a walk down the memory lane for some of the most memorable fluffy appearances. Read more »

Face coverings now available in the TransLink Store

The TransLink store has you covered this summer. After launching authentic transit maps from the system a few weeks ago, the TransLink Store’s now bringing you face coverings!

The face covering features a unique pattern consisting of TransLink’s symbols for bus, SkyTrain, SeaBus and West Coast Express. TransLink’s T icon accents the face covering in the top left corner.

It’s available in a multi-colour and two-tone design, and in adult and kids’ size (approximately for ages 4 to 10).

Double up and save with a two pack (one adult two-tone design and one adult multi-colour design) or a family pack (the multi-colour design in both adult and kids, and the two-tone design in adult and kids). Read more »