Sea Level Rise

As GHG emissions continue to grow, increased average temperatures will cause drier summers, wetter winters and more frequent extreme weather events. Heat waves and storm surges are examples of this. Another product of climate change is sea-level rise. It is estimated that by 2100, the sea in English Bay could rise by as much as one metre and inundate significant portions of West Vancouver’s waterfront.

West Vancouver has been implementing a Shoreline Protection Plan (adaptation) for several years now, proactively enhancing the foreshore and restoring materials lost to erosion over the years.

This work has taken on a greater urgency as sea level rise becomes more apparent with each passing year. Waterfront residents may contact the District for more information about getting involved in foreshore enhancement to address shoreline erosion and impacts to infrastructure.

Foreshore Habitat Restoration

West Vancouver is committed to enhancing and preserving its waterfront and natural habitat. To do this, we are conducting work on the foreshore as part of the Shoreline Protection Plan program. More Information


Facilities Department



Coastal Marine Management Plan Working Group

The District’s Coastal Marine Management Plan Working Group (CMMPWG) is halfway through their mandate to provide policy recommendations on the management of our coast, including issues related to sea level rise. The CMMPWG is planning to come forward with their final report in the Spring of 2020.

Coastal Marine Management Plan Working Group