Fishing Piers & Boating
Richmond is made up of a group of islands located at the mouth of the Fraser River. The City is surrounded by water with the Fraser River to the north, east and south and the Strait of Georgia to the west, so it is only natural that there are numerous piers and docks along our waterfront trails.
There are 5 major locations for viewing pier/platforms, fishing piers and fish floats along the trail system. Enjoy a day outside reeling in your big catch. Each of these piers offers a unique view of the Fraser River. There are picnic tables at each location.
Along the South Arm of the Fraser River:
- Imperial Landing
- No. 2 Road Fishing Pier and Float - A historic area at the start of the South Dyke Trail with views of Steveston Island (aka Shady Island) and the historic Cannery Channel. Picnic tables, washrooms, interpretation signage and parking available.
- No. 3 Road Sports Fishing Pier - A large fishing pier with panoramic views of the Fraser River, Ladner, Mt. Baker and river traffic. Parking and washrooms available.
Along the North Arm of the Fraser River:
- No. 7 Road Pier - A restored former barge loading pier, open grass area, woodlot and small beach. Washroom and parking available.
- Mitchell Island Pier - Once part of an old rail bridge between Vancouver and Richmond, the pier provides views of the working river from as far west as Vancouver's Marpole area to east of the Knight Street Bridge. Many of the rail tressles, bridge framing and heavy, industrial features of the original pier still exist today, creating an interesting structure from where you can view logging, fish canning and other industrial activities throughout the day. The pier has a small picnic area in the small pocket park at the entrance of the site and features a small group of benches on the pier deck itself.
Britannia Heritage Shipyard Wharf
An excellent view of the Fraser River can also be enjoyed from the wharf at the Britannia Heritage Shipyard Park located at the south foot of Railway Avenue.
Middle Arm Waterfront Park Piers
Located on River Road at Cambie Road and Hollybridge Way. The park features two new piers, an amphitheatre, multiple accessible play areas for children of all ages, public art installations, lush native plantings, waterfront benches and access to UBC Lecky Boathouse and the Richmond Olympic Oval.
McDonald Beach Boat Launch Ramp
McDonald Beach Boat Launch is located on the north bank of Sea Island at the end of McDonald Road. Facilities include two ramps, public washrooms, picnic tables and a small concession. For information call 604-244-1208.
Get Your Boat License
A Pleasure Craft Operator Card is required to operate power-driven boats and watercraft in Canada - It’s the law.
Every person who operates a motorized boat in Canada must obtain proof of competency. You can obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card by passing a Transport Canada Accredited boating safety test. Getting your Operator Card proves that you are a competent boater and ensures that you understand Canada’s navigation rules and how to boat safely.
Boaters can obtain their official Pleasure Craft Operator Card, commonly known as a boat license or boat card, by successfully passing the BOATsmart! exam, found online at www.boatsmartexam.com