BMO Vancouver Marathon 2011 Road Closures

Comments 3 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The BMO Vancouver Marathon takes place this Sunday, May 1st and while we welcome participants from around the globe, with the run comes many road closures around Vancouver and in particular the downtown core.

BMO Vancouver Half Marathon 2010: Start
Photo credit: Susan Gittins on Flickr

The start and finish lines are at Pacific Boulevard, just south of Rogers Arena and here are a few notices and detours to look over:

Stanley Park
Vehicle access to Stanley Park will be restricted between 6:30am and 10:30am, with both Park Drive and Pipeline Road closed to traffic due to the BMO Vancouver Marathon . The Stanley Park Causeway (Lions Gate Bridge/Georgia Street) will remain open. The seawall will remain open, though at times during the early morning portions near Coal Harbour will be congested with runners. [source: Vancouver Park Board]

Community Centres
Road access to Coal Harbour, False Creek and Roundhouse Community Centres, Vancouver Aquatic Centre and Burrard Marina will be impacted. [source: Vancouver Park Board]

Burrard: Closed to traffic 8:00am – 1:00pm, south. Northbound traffic will have one lane from 8:30am – 1:30pm. All access to Pacific Boulevard will be closed until 2:00pm.

Granville: Off ramp to 4th Ave southbound will be closed from 6:00am – 10:00am, otherwise unrestricted.

Cambie: Off ramp to Pacific Boulevard closed from 12:00am – 5:00pm Sunday. Off ramp to 6th Ave will be closed 6:00am – 10:00am. All other lanes are otherwise unrestricted.

Lions Gate: Entrance into Stanley Park off the causeway near Prospect Point & Lost Lagoon will be closed from 6:00am – 10:15am, otherwise uninterrupted access north & southbound along Highway 1A/99.

View the marathon website for detour information for the following access points:
Canada Place, Cruise Ship Access
Coal Harbour (use Denman, Georgia, and Burrard. Runners will be on West Hastings).
English Bay (use Davie, Robson, Georgia between 7:00am and 12:00pm)

Expect significant crowds at the corner of Denman & Davie and barricades in place to access Beach and Pacific. The event organizers do not recommend driving through any residential neighborhoods and to remember to be respectful of the people living near the course when cheering for participants.

Expect delays around Main & Cordova one block north of Hastings. Delays may appear at Terminal and Main due to the closure of Quebec and 2nd Ave.

Expect delays at Clark and Venables due to road closures west of Clark.

Translink Bus Re-Routes
The following routes will be effected from 6:00am – 1:00pm on Sunday: 3, 8, 4, 6, 7, 4, 19, 22, 50, 84, C21, and C23. Read full details and view maps via Translink’s Alerts and Advisories.

Best of luck to all those participating in the 8km, half and full marathon!

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  1. lauraSaturday, April 30th, 2011 — 8:30am PDT

    Thanks for the info! Now I know I need to get up really early to avoid the road closures. I’m hoping it won’t be too difficult to make my way to the start line since I have heard there is about 15,000 runners.

    Me and about 8,000 other runners will do the half-marathon course and I found this google map really handy : to get an idea of the 21.1km route. It works on smart phones so friends and family can use it if they want to come cheer us on.

  2. sueSunday, May 1st, 2011 — 8:14am PDT

    any results?

  3. parkerSunday, May 1st, 2011 — 3:22pm PDT

    thanks for posting this road closure info!! I delivered flowers to a friend’s wedding at UBC this morning and this info got me there right on time!

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