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The False Creek Harbour Authority usually has space for transients. Vancouver Boat Moorage False Creek Harbour Authority British Columbia, Canada

The False Creek Yacht Club may offer reciprocals if you're a member elsewhere. Anchoring in the creek is allowed with a 2 week permit (free) Dinghy security is a bit questionable..

The Granville Is market floats are only 3 hour spots, no overnighting.

You're right, Vancouver could take some lessons from other places in 'boater friendliness'...
Take some lessons from who exactly in boater friendliness? After arriving in false creek, which has every amenity a boater needs, and checking in at the welcome center and given free maps. They:

Have free unlimited dinghy docks.
Two weeks/three weeks free anchorage.
Free temporary dockage at Granville market.
A freakin year pass to the rec center for unlimited free showers.
Parks, grocery stores, shopping centers, everything within walking distance.

If North America has a more boater friendly city, I don't know about it. Vancouvers top on my list of places to go back to.
 

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But you're comparing it to smaller places. I'm talking big cities. Vancouver and Powell River are completely different. I would put van in the same category as:
San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, Baltimore, Houston, Boston.

Especially compare it to nearby cities, Seattle portland and I think Victoria is big. I'm not sure. Victoria has no anchoring and super expensive moorage
Seattle has bell harbor, that's nice, but kinda small, the rest are off the beaten path
Portland is all centered around the Columbia River, like seven miles from downtown.

You're just used to it because you live there, so probably you take for granted the awesomeness that is false creek. I was blown the f away that I was sailing in this perfect weird canal thing, surrounded by skyscrapers and they gave me a rec center as for free? Who does that? And the anchoring is awesome. Like 12 feet, great holding, protection from the wind from all the buildings. How many cities in not just North America, but the world can you anchor in between the skyscrapers in arguably the best part of town?

I wasn't there before they cleared out false creek. But there can't be any closer access to shopping. There's shopping all within five minutes of the water in Vancouver. There is a great grocery store right by where I anchored. Um, what was it called. It's kind of like whole foods.
 
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