One possibility close to UBC might be on the north arm of the Fraser River north of the airport
but reasonably close to the mainland side.
I used to tow logs
into that area where we would tie up the booms from up coast and river tow boats would pull them up river to a bunch of gypo mills to be cut up into lumber
. This was back in the fifties and early sixties, however, so I imagine much has changed since then. I recall there being several liveaboards in that area then between the Fraser Arms Hotel
(which used to be an old Indian midden) and the mouth of the river. There used to be some pretty shallow water
in that area as well. They stopped construction of the old hotel
when the construction workers found evidence of old Indian dwellings were uncovered. It was one of the first sites that Dr Borden from UBC excavated and confirmed what it was by the sea shells pitched outside the doors of the old settlement. I remember working there as a kid quite well because he insisted Harvey, his son, and I to do grunt work
for him on that dig.
As you can gather, I grew up in Vancouver and still have grandkids who live there.
Good luck with your search for a liveaboard spot. One idea is to try and find a waterfront home that has a pier or dock
. In return for yard work
or caretaking, you might be able to work a deal to use their dock as a medium term solution.
I graduated from UBC back in the sixties or seventies, I think.