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Kitsilano Beach

Swim in the longest pool in the country at this sandy beach with an elegant boulevard, restaurants and a watersports center.

On the edge of English Bay, Kitsilano Beach is one of Vancouver’s most popular stretches of sand. The city’s long Seawall runs along this beach, providing excellent views of the water. Enjoy a range of culinary treats at one of the restaurants that have made “Kits” one of the most popular entertainment areas in the city.

Marvel at the sheer size of the salt-water Kitsilano Pool, which is heated. With a length of 450 feet (137 meters) and three waterslides, this pool is popular with families and attracts people from across the city. Rent a swimming lane for your own private party or sign up for scuba diving classes in the huge pool. Relax at the adjacent café while people-watching.

Cycle or walk along the Seawall on the Seasside Greenway, which has a total length of 17 miles (28 kilometers). The long boulevard, which was built in 1917, contains many benches and patches of grass that make for ideal picnic areas. Admire the spectacular view across Stanley Park and English Bay.

Let the kids run around in the playground on the northern side of the beach. Join locals for a game on the tennis, volleyball and basketball courts or take part in group yoga sessions at various times throughout the day. Many water activities, such as paddleboarding, kayaking and wind sailing, are popular here. Classes are offered at Vancouver Water Adventures, near the playground, where you can also rent equipment.

Build sand castles, play Frisbee and comb for treasures with your kids on Kitsilano’s sandy shore. Work on your tan on a warm summer day before cooling off in the sea.

Many restaurants and shops face the bay. Choose between a range of cuisines and budgets as you walk along the waterfront. Afterwards, sip on a cocktail while you enjoy the view of the water and mountains.

Lifeguards patrol the area daily from late May to early September. There is a fee to enter the Kitsilano Pool, which only opens in summer.

Kitsilano Beach runs parallel to Cornwall Avenue, immediately west of Downtown Vancouver. Drive west for 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) from the city center to get there or take the bus to any of Kitsilano’s bus stops. Nearby attractions include the Museum of Vancouver, Vanier Park and Sunset Beach Park. Parking is available, for a fee, in the lot adjacent to the beach.

Make the most of your time at Kitsilano Beach. Below is a list of the best activities:

Why not consider trying out an Evening Cruise Sea Kayak Tour and a Smooth Classic Kayak Tour from Kitsilano Beach?

Take a look at our Vancouver things to do page to learn about even more activities in the area.


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Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre ¥8,687
Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre

Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre

180 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of BC Place Stadium and Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Rogers Arena and Granville Street are also within 10 minutes. Stadium-Chinatown Station is only a 3-minute walk and Vancouver City Center Station is 8 minutes.

    Pan Pacific Vancouver ¥20,065
    Pan Pacific Vancouver

    Pan Pacific Vancouver

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

      Located near the slopes, this Coal Harbour hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Canada Place, Granville Street, and Vancouver Convention Centre. Robson Street and Queen Elizabeth Theatre are also within 15 minutes. Waterfront Metro Station and Vancouver Waterfront Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      The Burrard ¥8,578
      The Burrard

      The Burrard

      1100 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Paul's Hospital and Granville Street. Robson Street and Sunset Beach are also within 10 minutes. Burrard Station is 11 minutes by foot and Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 11 minutes.

        GEC Granville Suites Downtown ¥7,534
        GEC Granville Suites Downtown

        GEC Granville Suites Downtown

        718 Drake St, Vancouver, BC
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Downtown Vancouver, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Granville Street, Sunset Beach, and St. Paul's Hospital. Robson Street and Orpheum Theater are also within 15 minutes. Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 7 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 13 minutes.

          Fairmont Hotel Vancouver ¥19,824
          Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

          Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

          900 West Georgia St, Vancouver, BC
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located near the slopes, this Downtown Vancouver hotel is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Christ Church Cathedral, Robson Street, and Granville Street. Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and Vancouver Art Gallery are also within 5 minutes. Vancouver City Center Station and Burrard Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            Sandman Suites Vancouver on Davie ¥10,707
            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, Granville Street, 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.

              Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre ¥13,314
              Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

              Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

              1088 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Downtown Vancouver, this golf hotel is within a 5-minute walk of St. Paul's Hospital and Granville Street. Robson Street and Sunset Beach are also within 10 minutes. Burrard Station is 10 minutes by foot and Yaletown-Roundhouse Station is 11 minutes.

                Century Plaza Hotel & Spa ¥11,544
                Century Plaza Hotel & Spa

                Century Plaza Hotel & Spa

                1015 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located near the slopes, this West End hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of Orpheum Theater, Robson Square, and Vancouver Art Gallery. Pacific Centre Shopping Mall and Canada Place are also within 1 mi (2 km). Burrard Station is 10 minutes by foot and Vancouver City Center Station is 11 minutes.