The Updated Metro Vancouver Guide to (Legal!) Outdoor Drinking

With weather in the 20s and the iconic cherry blossoms in full bloom, Vancouverites were enjoying some much needed sun this week. Now, it seems that Metro Vancouver will be getting some beautiful weather over the weekend too! Given new provincial health regulations, it’s the perfect time for you and your social bubble to make the most of what Spring can offer. That’s why we, your local crate-makers (and certified beer drinkers), are here to help narrow down the best options.

Of course, there are still rules to outdoor liquor consumption in these locations. For example, you must be an adult (duh) and second, you can only drink in select parks from 12pm to dusk. This should go without saying, but we would like to emphasize that these locations are for responsible drinking only.

Without further ado, here are some of our favourite picnic spots that allow drinking in the Lower Mainland:

(P.S. All our favourites are marked in bold)

Port Coquitlam Parks:

First, these 7 parks in PoCo have been permanently permitted for liquor consumption by the City of Port Coquitlam:

  • Aggie Park
  • Evergreen Park
  • Cedar Drive Park
  • Castle Park
  • Settlers Park
  • Gates Park
  • Lions Park

In addition, the city of Port Coquitlam announced a pilot project for drinking in an additional parks until October 21, 2021:

  • Peace Park
  • McLean Park
  • Dominion Park

North Vancouver:

Photo from our own picnic adventure – IG @GreenwoodBoxCo

  • Waterfront Park (north and south of the train tracks, minus the playground of course).
  • Victoria Park (west area only)
  • Mahon Park (behind the Fen Burdett bleachers)
  • Civic Plaza
  • Ray Perrault Park (northeast corner only)
  • Kings Mill Walk Park (allowed at Harbourside Place over to Fell Avenue)
  • Shipbuilders Square and Cates Deck at The Shipyards
  • Grand Boulevard (13th-19th St)
Alcohol Allowed Zones from the City of North Vancouver

Bonus: Coming Soon

Similar to other places in Metro Van, the City of Vancouver and the City of New Westminister are currently in the process of approving parks for outdoor liquor consumption. For the city of New West, the motion was recently approved. However, if you’re in the City of Vancouver you might have to wait, since the bylaw was delayed for 2021. Though a pilot project last summer was introduced for August – October 2020, and is likely to return again.

In other words, if other cities plans to follow suit go ahead as expected, these places could be where you enjoy your next brew:

New West:

  • Pier Park
  • Moody Park
  • Hume Park
  • Sapperton Park
  • Port Royal Park
  • Grimston Park

City of Vancouver:

Photo from the VANCOUVER PARKS BOARD HANDOUT

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