Pets allowed
Allowed
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
No
Lodging
No
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Hinge Park and Habitat Island are parts of a mid-sized park on the western edge of Olympic Village. Both are significant for their status as some of the first dense urban restoration. Both are very popular stops situated along the False Creek Seawall.

Habitat Island was created as part of federal guidelines to compensate for the lose of natural shore line when Olympic Village was created. It is entirely created by people. All the same great efforts have gone to introduce natural species and promote the island as a marine bird sanctuary. Hinge Park is an interesting land reclamation park built to accommodate a more natural wetland space similar to what once existed, while balancing it with traditional park spaces.

For an urban park, there is a surprising amount of wildlife. Gulls, turtles, frogs, and fish are common, but so are coyotes, otters, raccoons, and even a rather well-known pair of beavers. In 2016, they had a set of three kits that can occasionally be seen. This, of course, led to a lot of trees being felled, but wire now protects them.

Locally, Habitat Island is known as Beer Island for its excellent location as a spot for drinkers or for the mountain of garbage and cans that litter this place. Plenty of signs strongly discourage such behaviour, as do regular patrols.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Summer
Spring
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Private or commercial fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Off-leash dog area. Urban stream. Close to amenities. Urban island.

Cons

Busy. Watch for cyclists on the False Creek Sea Wall.

Features

Family friendly
ADA accessible
Potable water
General store
Picnic tables
Off-leash dog area
Wildflowers
Near lake or river

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Vancouver Metro Area, British Columbia
Vancouver Metro Area, British Columbia
Vancouver Metro Area, British Columbia

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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