Arguably the most popular beach in Vancouver, Kitsilano, aka Kits Beach, is packed during the long summer days – and beautiful all year round. This stretch of sand has everything you’d want for a relaxing day at the beach: picnic areas, concession stands, tennis courts, basketball courts and huge grassy patches perfect for playing Frisbee or fetch. The beach itself attracts kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and volleyball players of all levels, who come from all over metro Vancouver for a game or three in the sand courts. Kits Beach faces out onto the Burrard Inlet with unparalleled views of the North Shore mountains, the Gulf Islands and sometimes even the Olympic mountain range in the distance.
The beach is situated on the north edge of the bustling neighborhood of Kitsilano, which is filled with more shops, bars and restaurants than one can shake a stick at. The cozy neighborhood is also home to numerous outdoor patios, something Vancouverites take very seriously during the summer months. (To ‘patio’ is actually a verb here!) Kits Beach also houses the longest swimming pool in all of Canada: a heated outdoor saltwater pool that's three times the size of an Olympic pool and has a panoramic view of the city, mountains and ocean.
Kitsilano Beach is located on Cornwall Ave at the north end of Yew and Arbutus streets. The seawall runs along side the beach and Kitsilano Pool is on the west side. Dogs are allowed off leash between May 1 and September 30 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and again from 5 to 10 p.m. From October 1 to April 30, dogs can be off leash from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. There is pay parking at the beach and limited free parking in the surrounding neighborhood of Kitsilano. The pool and the volleyball courts are open during the summer months; the wheelchair-accessible playground, seawall, basketball and tennis courts are open all year.