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English Bay

Stretch out on the sands, swim in the sea, and amble along the shoreline of this gently curving urban beach. 

English Bay, a popular beach not far from the city center, features salt air and soft sand. It’s an ideal destination to sunbathe, nap, stroll or picnic. You’ll find cafés, bars and shops across the road in Denman Street, while in nearby Stanley Park there are biking and hiking trails. 

English Bay was formally established as a swimming beach in 1893 with the building of a few shacks along the shore for shade and changing. One hundred years previously, Captain George Vancouver, with the British Navy, and Captain Dionisio Galiano, with the Spanish Navy, collaborated in charting the region for their native countries. English Bay, as well as the nearby series of beaches known as Spanish Banks, were both named in honor of this international collaboration.

The views from English Bay are stunning. Swathes of greenery cloak Stanley Park and soaring mountains hug the shore. At the end of the day, join the crowds watching the sun set as the sky turns shades of red, pink, and orange. 

The bay hosts two popular annual events. The Celebration of Light International Fireworks Competition held in late July/early August is a three-day carnival of pyrotechnics that light up the night sky with explosions of color. Three competing international teams vie against each other each year to be the brightest spark.

During winter, the beach is the starting point for the annual Polar Bear Swim, a chilly and invigorating plunge into the Pacific on New Year’s Day, a tradition that began in 1920. It attracts people with and without swimming costumes, and some in fancy dress. To take part in the 100-yard (91-meter) swim, you must register (for free) with the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club before the race.

English Bay is a great destination to stroll to from downtown. It’s also accessible by bus. Street parking is available, but can be tricky to find during the busy summer tourist season.


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Pan Pacific Vancouver ¥22,226
Pan Pacific Vancouver

Pan Pacific Vancouver

999 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Coal Harbour, this luxury hotel is steps from Granville Street, Canada Place, and Vancouver Waterfront. Vancouver Convention Centre and Harbour Centre are also within 10 minutes. Waterfront Metro Station and Vancouver Waterfront Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Hotel Blu Vancouver ¥12,338
    Hotel Blu Vancouver

    Hotel Blu Vancouver

    177 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Downtown Vancouver, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of BC Place Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Vancouver Central Public Library and Rogers Arena are also within 15 minutes. Stadium-Chinatown Station is 6 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 8 minutes.

      Sylvia Hotel ¥8,348
      Sylvia Hotel

      Sylvia Hotel

      1154 Gilford St, Vancouver, BC
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in West End, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of English Bay Beach and Stanley Park. Robson Street and Vancouver Waterfront are also within 1 mi (2 km). Burrard Station is 28 minutes by foot and Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 29 minutes.

        Riviera on Robson Suites Hotel Downtown Vancouver ¥6,076
        Riviera on Robson Suites Hotel Downtown Vancouver

        Riviera on Robson Suites Hotel Downtown Vancouver

        1431 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC
           
          2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in West End, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Robson Street and Vancouver Waterfront. Vancouver Art Gallery and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall are also within 15 minutes. Burrard Station is 13 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 15 minutes.

          Sunset Inn and Suites ¥10,313
          Sunset Inn and Suites

          Sunset Inn and Suites

          1111 Burnaby St, Vancouver, BC
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in West End, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sunset Beach and St. Paul's Hospital. Vancouver International Film Centre and Granville Island Public Market are also within 15 minutes. Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 13 minutes by foot and Burrard Station is 17 minutes.

            Sandman Suites Vancouver on Davie ¥11,459
            Sandman Suites Vancouver on Davie

            Sandman Suites Vancouver on Davie

            1160 Davie St, Vancouver, BC
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in West End, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Paul's Hospital and Sunset Beach. Robson Street and Granville Island Public Market are also within 15 minutes. Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 13 minutes by foot and Burrard Station is 17 minutes.

              Best Western Plus Sands ¥8,305
              Best Western Plus Sands

              Best Western Plus Sands

              1755 Davie St, Vancouver, BC
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in West End, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Stanley Park and Robson Street. Vancouver Convention Centre and Canada Place are also within 2 mi (3 km). Burrard Station is 26 minutes by foot and Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 27 minutes.

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                Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver

                Shangri-La Hotel, Vancouver

                1128 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in West End, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Robson Street, Vancouver Waterfront, and Pacific Centre Shopping Mall. Vancouver Art Gallery and Orpheum Theater are also within 10 minutes. Burrard Station is only a 4-minute walk and Vancouver City Center Station is 7 minutes.