Walking is one of the best things you can do for your health. The average person can walk about ¼ mile in five minutes, and can cross downtown Vancouver in 10-15 minutes.
Downtown Lunch Loop
This lovely walk from downtown, along the river and back through the Fort takes about 50 minutes. Adapt the route from this page of the Walk There! guide.
Choosing Your Route
Downtown Vancouver is nice and compact, so you can walk from one end to the other in about 15 minutes.
When walking, you may have various route options. The most direct route may take you along busy streets. A less direct route may take you along quieter streets.
For an east-west walk, Evergreen Blvd is one of the downtown’s nicer streets. For north-south walks, Main Street is a pleasant walk, with an appealing street environment and small shops.
Whether you’re walking to work, the store, or just planning a weekend excursion, the links below can help plan your walk.
- Look left, right, and left again before crossing the street. And make sure the motorists are going to stop before you step into the street.
- Walk facing traffic: If you are in an area with no sidewalks, walk facing traffic so both you and the driver are more visible.
- Try to cross at an intersection or at a mid-block crosswalk.
- Wear light colors or reflective clothing to increase your chances of being seen by drivers, especially at night.
- Be on the defense: Although drivers are required to stop for pedestrians at acrosswalk, stay alert nonetheless. Not all drivers stop as they should.