Updates from False Creek Racing Canoe Club

Dear members,


Thank you for working together to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.  This email is an update on FCRCC’s response to the pandemic and to government requests to implement social distancing.

CRCC operations remain suspended – until further notice.

At present, we do not have the ability to re-open the club’s operations for practices or competitions, based on Provincial Health Officer orders, declarations of states of emergency, and efforts to protect health.  Unfortunately, while we are working to re-assess access to private boats, this suspension means we cannot provide access to private boats at this time.

We will update you when the club’s status changes.

FCRCC Knockout Regatta Postponed

We regret to notify you that the FCRCC Knockout Regatta is postponed until a date later in the year yet to be determined.  We are looking forward to working with the City of Vancouver and other partners in rescheduling this regatta.

If you have registered for Knockout, we will have an update by the end of the week on procedures to carry forward a credit to the postponed event or to request a refund

FCRCC courses, workshops, and other events are postponed.

We understand that FCRCC courses and workshops are popular and important to members.  However, the suspension of FCRCC operations means that our courses and workshops are postponed until further notice.

If you have registered and paid for a course, workshop, or event, please stay tuned for an update on procedures to carry a credit forward to a rescheduled date or to request a refund.

Burrard Compound Parking

As part of its efforts to enforce social distancing, the City of Vancouver has blocked parking in the normal Burrard parking lots.  The only parking available at Burrard is the small lot outside the Marina Offices and you must have a marina decal to park there.

Please do not park in front of the compound gates. We are not permitted to park there, and we may be fined significantly for not enforcing the social distancing rules and your vehicle will be towed.  The fine for an organization not enforcing social distancing is $50,000, which would severely impact FCRCC’s ability to operate in the future.

If members park outside the Burrard compound, the Executive will have no option but to consider penalties such as suspension of membership.

Granville Island Access and Operations

CMHC, who administers Granville Island, have informed us of some important changes to access to Granville Island facilities:


  • The Granville Island Market remains open for takeout and grocery item purchases from 9:00am to 5:00pm.  The first hour of operations (9:00am to 10:00am) is reserved for seniors and immuno-compromised individuals.
  • Parking on Granville Island has been made free of charge for people shopping.
  • The Net Loft building is closed, though Liberty Wines remains open, accessible through their exterior entry, from 9:00am to 8:00pm for the present time.
  • The Granville Island playground has been closed by the City of Vancouver.


Outdoor activities in the City of Vancouver

Government is urging Canadians to stay at home, and stay safe, unless necessary.  Recognizing the importance of physical activity, government officials do say that outdoor exercise can be practiced, but you must maintain 2 meters separation (think like a 2,000m dragon boat race) between people and must not congregate in crowds.

The City of Vancouver has expressed frustration at individuals who are ignoring orders and urging around social distancing and has adopted bylaw procedures that allow for fines of $50,000 for organizations that do not comply with social distancing measures for their clients or customers, and fines of up to $1,000 for individuals who do not comply with social distancing.

If you are taking the time to get fresh air outside, make sure you comply with social distancing.

More updates coming

FCRCC will continue to provide members with updates when and where they are available.  In the meantime, we encourage all members to read official government websites and news releases – don’t listen to rumours and verify information you hear.

Thank you for your cooperation and continued support during this difficult time.


FCRCC Executive