Annually the morning of Thanksgiving Monday, temporary road detours and traffic control measures occur on Granville Island and around the race route in Vancouver, BC. There are no road closures for the Virtual Race. On the race day of Thanksgiving Monday, there is no vehicle access to Granville Island from 8am-9:30am, plus there are various other road impacts as noted below.

The non-profit Vancouver International Marathon Society RUNVAN® would like to advise residents and business owners of temporary road closures and traffic control measures to accommodate the event every year. Thank you for your patience and cooperation. Please arrive early to the Start Line if you are running. Free parking is available on race day until 1pm.

Run & Give

A hallmark event

The Granville Island Turkey Trot is an annual event that brings together community in a celebration of Thanksgiving and giving back to others. This scenic and fast 10KM race starts at Granville Island and loops over the Burrard Bridge to the Seawall, before turning at Science World and heading back along the Seawall to the energetic Finish Line on Granville Island. Partial proceeds go to your local Food Bank.


Event Directions

By Car

If you are driving, take W 16th Ave and at the roundabout take the first exit right onto E Mall N.


Please make sure to arrive early on race day if you’re looking to park on the Granville Island. Gree parking is available across Granville Island until 1pm


By Transit
If you are planning to take the bus from downtown, hop on the #50 S False Creek that departs from Granville & West Georgia. If travelling from the East, take the #15 Olympic Village Stn SB bus that departs from Cambie & Broadway. Please plan your trip in advance as transit schedules and routes are subject to change.F ind your best route via the Translink Website.

The Aquabus provides frequent, daily passenger ferry service to all majors destinations in False Creek. For more information about schedules and fare options, please visit theaquabus.com

Bicycle routes to Granville Island follow the main car routes, and there’s a pleasant, scenic bicycle path along the Seawall. The RUNVAN® society has arranged for free bike valet for you on race day near the Expo and Start Line at Performance Works. 

Detours Continued

Roads Impacted

Granville Island

Granville Island will be closed to vehicle access from 8am-9:30am on Thanksgiving Monday.

W 1st Ave to Creekside Dr

W 1st Ave from Burrard St to Creekside Dr is closed to vehicle access from 8am-9:45am on Thanksgiving Monday.

Runners leave Granville Island, traveling West on Island Park Walk and continue onto Creekside Dr, then turn southeast onto Pennyfarthing Dr. At the corner of Pennyfarthing Dr and W 1st Ave, runners turn south onto W 1st Ave to continue northbound on Burrard St.

Burrard Bridge

Burrard Bridge Northbound is closed to vehicle access from 8am-9:45am on Thanksgiving Monday.

Hornby Street

Hornby St between Pacific St and Beach Ave is closed to vehicle access from 8:15am-9:45am on Thanksgiving Monday.

At Pacific St and Hornby St, runners turn south onto Hornby to head towards the seawall. Motor vehicles will not be able to cross Beach Ave at Hornby St. during the race on Thanksgiving Monday. Please use caution when driving in the affected area during this time.

The non-profit RUNVAN® Society takes your safety seriously, and we respect the neighbourhoods through which we run. Thank you for helping us provide a quality route to showcase our impressive Vancouver community.

Traffic control personnel will be stationed at major intersections and access points along the race route to safely manage and redirect traffic. Motorist that need to travel during these times are advised to plan ahead for potential delays and stoppages on the affected route. If you or someone you know lives along the course, or if you are traveling to and from Vancouver for the event, please be aware that street closures will take place on Race Day as noted above. Safety is everyone’s top priority. Thank you. Free parking on Granville Island is provided until 1pm on Thanksgiving Day Monday.

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