Safety while on the docks
There's some basic safety when you're walking along the docks - most is common sense. If you can't swim, don't stand close to the edge of the dock. Not only is the Fraser River extremely muddy, but the current is lethal. Visibility in the water is practically non-existant, is generally not a swimming-friendly kind of river. Children are supposed to be accompanied by an adult if they're under 12, and pets are supposed to be leashed. During low tide the dock's ramp is very steep, and during a rainy or frosty day, the dock and ramp may be slippery! Don't be alarmed if the dock starts to bob up and down... fishing boats are constantly using the docks. When they're in motion, the wake tends to rock the docks... and always takes people by surprise, especially older people who don't quite have the balance that younger people do.
Otherwise? The docks *are* safe. They are rather huge docks... made for the public. You'll be okay... just use your common sense, and don't do anything stupid!
Restaurants Close At 5:00
This isn't a danger, but it is an annoyance. For some reason, the restaurants in this town close early. We arrived a little after 5:00 PM, and we were looking to get some food, and every restaurant we checked was closed. We finally found ONE, that was open.
And some of the employees are really rude. We walked by this Indian restaurant, and the door was unlocked, so we politely asked the worker there, if they are open, and he started yelling at us, "No! We closed! Go somewhere else!" He said it in a very rude tone, and shooed us away.
We saw a lot of other tourists, having trouble finding a place to eat. With so many tourists frequenting this area, you think restaurants would be open longer, but no. I have seen restaurants close at 2, 3 o'clock, but never in such a busy tourist area, and never all of them. This was very strange, and quite an inconvenience.
If you're looking to eat after 5:00 PM, just go straight to Shady Island. It's the only restaurant I know, that's open after 5:00.
- Food and Dining
We Almost Got Run Over
Me and my cousin were walking on this thing, that leads from the old cannery, out to where the boats are.
We thought it was only for pedestrians, and people to reach their boats. We had no idea that cars are allowed to drive on it. We were walking, and suddenly we heard a loud rattling sound, and felt the entire walkway start to shake. My initial reaction was, "What the hell? Earthquake?" I turn around, and there is a car just inches away from us. We jumped out of the way, just in time.
I know it was our own fault for walking there, but we were just two confused tourists. How were we supposed to know? The jerk could've at least honked his horn. Instead, he laughed at us, as he drove by. These 2 tourists who were walking behind us, also almost got run over by this jerk.
We kept walking on the road, and it wasn't 'til we were walking back, that we saw the sign for the pedestrian route. This time, we took it.
- Hiking and Walking