Best Places to Watch the 2016 BMO Vancouver Marathon

April 22, 2016 - 3 minutes read

BMO Vancouver Marathon Spectator Spots

The BMO Vancouver Marathon takes place this year on Sunday May 1st, 2016! The Half and Full Marathons span across two totally separate routes so be sure you know which one your cheer-ee is participating in before you choose your spectating spot.

See below for a list of the best places to watch the BMO Vancouver Marathon:

BMO Half Marathon

Time: 7:00am
Starting Line: Queen Elizabeth Park
Finish Line: West Pender Street, between Bute and Thurlow

The half marathon starts off at Queen Elizabeth Park with a 30-block trek northward up Cambie Street. Once they hit the water, runners cross the bridge into downtown, circle around Science World to hit 2nd Ave, and pull a u-turn back along Quebec street. The course then pulls into Chinatown, hanging a left on Pender St. and taking runners into the heart of Yaletown and down to Beach Ave. As they continue through the West End along the water, runners then track through Stanley Park, exiting into Coal Harbour and finishing on West Pender Street.

Best Spectator Spots for BMO Vancouver Half Marathon

7:00am – 7:45am: Queen Elizabeth Park (starting line)
7:00am – 7:45am: Plaza of Nations
7:10am – 8:30am: West Pender at Hamilton
7:10am – 8:30am: Homer at Robson
7:20am – 9:05am: Mainland at Davie
7:50am – 10:40am: Beach Ave at Burnaby St
8:00am – 11:30am: West Pender at Bute (finish line)

BMO Full Marathon

Time: 8:30am
Starting Line: Queen Elizabeth Park
Finish Line: West Pender Street, between Bute and Thurlow

The full marathon also starts at Queen Elizabeth Park but travels south along Cambie street until 49th Ave, where runners will turn right and head west until Camosun St. The route then turns north, circling around Pacific Spirit Park and around the UBC Campus, exiting near Spanish Banks and continuing along the water to cross the Burrard St. Bridge. The route then heads downtown around the perimeter of Stanley Park, ending in Coal Harbour at West Pender and Bute.

Click here to see the BMO Vancouver Marathon Route Map.

Best Spectator Spots for BMO Vancouver Marathon

8:30am – 9:15amQueen Elizabeth Park (starting line)
8:30am – 9:15am: Cambie St at W 41st Ave
8:45am – 10:15am: Camosun St at W 40th Ave
8:50am – 10:45am: Imperial Dr at W 16th Ave
9:15am – 11:45am: NW Marine Dr at Agronomy Rd
9:30am – 12:45pm: NW Marine Dr (near Spanish Banks)
9:50am – 1:25pm: Cornwall Ave at Arbutus St
10:00am – 2:00pm: Beach Ave at Burnaby St
10:30am – 3:30pm: Georgia at Pender
10:30am – 3:30pm: West Pender at Bute (finish line)