Kitsilano Beach Overview
When it comes to Vancouver beaches, Kitsilano Beach is the most happening.
On hot summer days, the beach is packed with sunbathers and swimmers by the water, volleyball players on the sand, tennis players in the courts, and Frisbee players on the grassy lawn. Families making sand castles, see-and-be-seen hard bodies, flirting teens, quiet sun worshipers--everyone has a spot at Kits Beach. And with a cluster of bars and restaurants just across the street, the beach party can continue into the night.
Kits Beach is also the best beach for swimmers: the waters are usually calm and the awesome Kits Pool, Canada's longest pool, is part of the beach's extended park.
Getting to Kitsilano Beach
If you're driving, the major parking lots for Kits Beach are located off Cornwall Avenue, between Yew St. and Arbutus; this area also functions as a "main entrance" to the beach. The beach's pay parking lots are $2 per hour or $7 all day.
Kitsilano Beach History
Kits Beach was originally known as Greer's Beach, named for Sam Greer, one of the first non-native settlers in the area. In 1882, Greer built his homestead on the site where the Watermark restaurant now sits, and challenged the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) for rights to the land. Unfortunately for Greer, the CPR won that battle and took the land in the 1890’s.
Kitsilano Beach, as it is today, owes its existence to private citizens, who raised the money to purchase the land from the CPR, and to the Vancouver Park Board, who leased additional lots to create the extended park.
Kits Beach is the easternmost beach in the chain that curls around Vancouver’s western coast. Southwest of Kits—traveling along the coast toward the University Endowment Lands and UBC--are Jericho Beach, Locarno Beach, Spainish Banks Beach, and Wreck Beach.
Kitsilano Beach Features
- Kits Pool
- Tennis courts
- Basketball courts
- Lifeguard on duty Victoria Day to Labour Day
- Grassy park