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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'...
 

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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.
Glad you had a good experience.. but.. Nanaimo/Sydney/Comox/Powell River, just to name a few, have more obviously available transient moorage, closer proximity to shopping, showers and other facilities, they seem, in our view, to cater more directly to the visiting boater.

Things ARE better now since they cleaned out most of the derelicts from the Creek, but it could still be better (eg convert the old CG station into a visitor's dock if they really aren't going to reopen it)

The FCHA is a great marina, well run and reasonable for transients and full timers alike - it's our home and we appreciate it. Some of the others are near prohibitive cost wise, and few offer transient other than reciprocals.

False Creek is also better in summer when they have the 'welcome' crew ready with permits and directions.
 
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