You can be fined $230 for drinking at Vancouver parks and beaches

Jul 12 2018, 3:04 am

With a solid dose of sunshine in Vancouver’s long-term forecast, it’s safe to say that many people will be making their way to Vancouver’s numerous parks and beaches to soak it all up, and maybe enjoy a drink or two.

However, Vancouver Police (VPD) are reminding the public to make sure those drinks are non-alcoholic.

“We see a lot of tourists on our beaches in the summer, and our rules may be different than in other cities and countries,” said VPD Sgt. Jason Robillard. “We are reminding Vancouver residents, and letting visitors know, that open alcohol is not permitted on public beaches.”

A violation ticket for consuming liquor in public carries a $230 fine.

In addition to alcohol, fires and smoking are not permitted on beaches or in parks in Vancouver either.

The VPD said it works with the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Park Board to ensure the beaches are safe for everyone. Officers patrol on foot, horseback, ATVs, boats, and bikes.

In addition, the VPD’s Marine Unit will be on the water throughout the summer, ensuring boaters are safe and following boating regulations by having the necessary equipment onboard, including a personal floatation device for each person on the boat.

“We want our beaches to be a safe, family atmosphere for everyone to enjoy,” said Robillard.

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