The Boathouse is closing iconic English Bay location


The lease is up and it’s time to say goodbye to a restaurant that’s been in Vancouver’s English Bay for many years: The Boathouse will close in early October.

The Boathouse English Bay (@sierraayoung/Instagram)

Known for their seafood and by-the-shore locations, The Boathouse chain started in Vancouver’s Coal Harbour in 1981, then relocated to English Bay in the late 1980s.

The chain expanded over the years to include additional locations, five of which remain–and will remain–in operation after the English Bay outpost shutters.

The Boathouse English Bay will close for good on October 6, 2018.

In 2011, The Boathouse restaurants came under the operations of the Texas-based Landry’s hospitality group as part of their acquisition of the McCormick & Schmick’s seafood chain.

Keith Beitler, Sr. VP and COO Specialty Restaurant and Amusement Divisions & International Franchising, Landry’s provided the following statement regarding the closure of the English Bay Boathouse:

“Due to our lease expiration at The Boathouse English Bay located at 1795 Beach Avenue, we will cease operations on Saturday, October 6. We value our employees, their dedication to our company and are working to relocate them. We are grateful for the support of the community and look forward to continuing to serve guests at our five nearby Boathouse locations in Kitsilano, White Rock, Richmond, New Westminster and Port Moody.”

Get in there while you still can, Vancouver.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom