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 tressels, 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.
Imperial Landing Dock
Located at the south end of English Avenue, Imperial Landing offers public moorage and an excellent vantage point of Steveston’s inner harbor. See attachment for prices and dock regulations.
Imperial Landing Transient Moorage Program
The City of Richmond offers a transient moorage program at the Imperial Landing floats for recreational boaters to stop in Steveston for a maximum of three days.
- No charge for the first 3 hours
- After three hours, $1 per foot per 24 hours to a maximum of three days. Made payable at the parking meter located on the Pier
- Use floats at your own risk
- No charge for first three hours of moorage
- Moorage is permitted on the channel-side of float only
- Payment is required after first three-hours of moorage
- Please pay at parking meter on the Pier
- Display receipt prominently on your vessel
- The City of Richmond reserves the right to ask a vessel to leave the float at any time
- The City of Richmond reserves the right to close the float for special events (sign will be provide on the float)
- No services are provided
- No dumping is permitted
For more information please contact Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site by email or call 604-718-8050.
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.
The boat launch is open from sunrise to sunset daily. Please refer to www.timeanddate.com for sunrise and sunset times, 365 days of the year and plan your arrival and departures accordingly.
Annual Boat Launch permits for McDonald Beach are available throughout the year, with a 50% discount applicable to Seniors (65+ years). To apply for a permit, please visit Customer Service at the Richmond City Hall or contact Community Bylaws at 604-276-4152.
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