Overlooking the waters of English Bay in Vancouver, Kitsilano Beach is a popular, often crowded sandy beach at the north end of Yew Street. Edged by a broad seawall, it is home to the saltwater Kitsilano Pool, the longest pool in Canada, which is operated by the Vancouver Park Board and open from May to September. Alternatively, visitors can swim in the sea and make use of the swimming raft but the waters are generally icy cold.
The original Native Indian name “Xwupxpayʼem” means “having red cedar” and this large sandy space is edged with tall trees. Locally known simply as “Kits Beach”, the beach has a concession stand for food and snacks, car parking (fee), volleyball, basketball and tennis courts. The beach also has a lifeguard patrol in summer and there is a water wheelchair.
The nearby building has a rooftop Boathouse Restaurant with superb views of the city and North Shore Mountains. Just back from the sands there is a large grassy area for picnics, sunbathing and ball games. Summer concerts are often held on the Showboat Stage in the park, so there’s lots to do here in the summer.
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