Strong winds and a king tide combined forces to damage seawalls in Qualicum Beach and Vancouver on Friday.
In a notice posted on its website, the Town of Qualicum Beach said part of the seawall had been damaged by a king tide — a colloquial term for an exceptionally high tide — combined with high waves.
Video shows benches surrounded by water and logs washing onto the grass as waves crash over the seawall.
The walkway and beachfront from the roundabout to Sand Pebbles Inn, the marine spit and the waterfront washrooms were all closed, the town said in its notice.
“Many other areas along the waterfront are also hazardous and we ask that the whole area be avoided,” the notice said.
The Vancouver Park Board also closed the Stanley Park seawall between Sunset Beach and Lions Gate Bridge on Friday morning due to the high tides and strong winds.
Photos posted to social media showed water washing over the seawall, logs on beaches and broken pieces of pavement littering parts of the walkway.
A pier on Vancouver’s West Side at Jericho Beach was also partially destroyed by the waves.
The West Vancouver Seawalk and most public parks on the West Vancouver waterfront were closed as municipal crews grappled with flooding and debris.
— With files from Glacier Media