Kitsilano is one of Vancouver’s most beloved beaches and is a must-see for anyone looking to experience the city’s urban beach culture. It is often visited as part of city highlights tours, as well as on kayaking tours and cruises around the Burrard Inlet and False Creek.
Visitors will find a wide range of things to do at the beach. Play tennis, volleyball, or basketball on outdoor courts; bring the kids to the playground; or go swimming in the saltwater pool, which has a dedicated children’s area for younger swimmers.
Things to Know Before You Go
Kitsilano Beach is a must for families and sun worshippers.
Lifeguards are on duty from late May to early September.
Public restrooms can be found at the beach.
Mobi-Mats provide access to the beach for wheelchair users. Water wheelchairs can be reserved in advance.
How to Get There
Kitsilano Beach is situated in the Kitsilano neighborhood, about a 10-minute drive southwest of downtown Vancouver. Take the ferry from Granville Island to Vanier Park, and stroll for 5–10 minutes along the waterfront path. Alternatively, ride bus 2, 4, or 7 from downtown Vancouver.
When to Get There
As expected, Kitsilano Beach is busiest in summer. It’s a picturesque place to watch the sunset, though if you want to experience it at its most tranquil, come for an early morning winter walk.
Vancouver’s Best Beaches
Kitsilano Beach is one of several stretches of sand situated within the city limits of Vancouver. Beach lovers can also visit Second Beach in Stanley Park, which also has an outdoor pool, or English Bay Beach, another summer hot spot where crowds gather to play volleyball, throw a Frisbee, and socialize. For a more off-the-beaten-track option, try clothing-optional Wreck Beach, near the University of British Columbia campus.