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Vancouver's stranded barge is finally coming down

Wednesday, August 10th 2022, 3:20 pm - In late July, city planners announced the barge is officially coming down -- in a deconstruction process that should wrap up in the fall.

It all started on November 15, 2021, when a barge washed ashore during a major storm in Vancouver's English Bay Barge.

It's been stuck there ever since, and quickly became a tourist attraction. Officials even temporarily renamed "Dude Chilling Beach" to "Barge Chilling Beach.”

But nothing lasts forever and in late July, city planners announced the barge is officially coming down.The deconstruction process is expected to take 12 to 15 weeks to complete.

"The barge removal has been carefully planned in consultation with industry experts, partners and First Nation groups. Hazardous material, archeological and structural assessments have been completed to ensure the sensitive marine environment is protected," the city says in a press release.

And now, the dismantiling has officially begun.

It was met with mixed reactions online - with some lamenting the demise of the accidental attraction, while others celebrating the removal.

If you'd like to see the latest updates, you can watch a live stream on YouTube.

Thumbnail image: Vancouver Park Board

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