Fondly referred to as ‘Kits Beach’, Kitsilano Beach is Vancouver’s version of California’s Venice Beach. Put simply, it’s the beach to see and be seen at when in Vancouver. During the summer months, Kitsilano Beach is buzzing with bronzed bodies, beach volleyballers and holidaying families, all eager to soak up the sun, swim in the famous Kitsilano outdoor pool, stroll along the Seaside Seawall, or watch all the action from the waterfront restaurants and bars.
Kits Beach is the eastern-most beach out of the nine that hug the western coast of Vancouver. Since the early 1900s, Kits Beach and the adjacent Kitsilano neighbourhood have been popular hotspots for trendy locals and tourists alike.
The fame of Kits Beach soared even further when Kitsilano Pool – Canada’s longest pool – was opened at the beach in 1931. Stretching out along the water, almost as an extension of the beach, Kitsilano Pool is Canada’s only heated saltwater pool and attracts visitors from far and wide with its breathtaking views across English Bay, Burrard Inlet and the surrounding mountains.
Continually ranked one of the top five beaches in Vancouver, it’s easy to see why Kits Beach is considered the most glamorous. With stunning views out over the city, tranquil swimming conditions, soft white sand and amusing beachgoers to entertain onlookers, there’s plenty to see and do for beach bums during summer.
Once you’ve had your fill of sun and swimming, put your feet up at one of the many bars and restaurants that sit along the beachfront, or don your walking shoes and jog or stroll along the world’s longest uninterrupted waterfront path –the Seaside Greenway. It's 28 kilometres long and runs from the Convention Centre at Burrard Inlet along Stanley Park, False Creek and Granville and ends at Kitsilano Beach.
Getting to Kits Beach is a breeze and can be done by bus, car or ferry. If you’re driving, paid parking is available off Cornwall Avenue, between Yew St. and Arbutus. If you’re visiting from Downtown Vancouver, hop on a ferry to Vanier Park or Vancouver Maritime Museum. Both are within easy walking distance from the beach.