Longboarding is not permitted in West Vancouver. Despite some residents’ interest in longboarding and the popularity of West Vancouver’s geography for this activity, it is illegal here.
The consequences of longboarding and getting caught in West Vancouver range from a warning to fines up to $45 and having your board confiscated for 24 hours.
Longboarding rules are laid out in the Traffic and Parking Bylaw. It states that longboarding or skateboarding on any West Vancouver roads is not allowed.
Specifically, the bylaw says:
“no person may board, blade, ride, skate, ski, sleigh or use any other like means of conveyance on any highway...”
“highway” means the area of every public right-of-way lying between two property lines, title to which area is vested in the District and which is designated or intended for or used by the general public for the passage of vehicles or persons;
“roadway” means that portion of a highway that is improved, designed, or ordinarily used for the passage of vehicular traffic;
Please note that bicycling is not considered “riding” and is regulated separately in section 11.2 of the bylaw.
Boards are permitted in two skateboard parks in West Vancouver.
The consequences of being caught longboarding in West Vancouver range from a warning to fines up to $45 and having the longboard confiscated for 24 hours.
North Vancouver is divided into the City of North Vancouver and the District of North Vancouver. Make sure you check their websites and learn what rules apply to each area.
The District of North Vancouver permits longboarding in certain areas and bans it in other areas.
In the City of North Vancouver, longboarding is covered by skateboard regulations and is banned in certain areas.