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What is Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver known for?

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What is Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver known for?

Kitsilano Beach is known for its lovely sandy beaches. It’s also a great place to watch the sunset over the Pacific. 

Not only is it the city’s longest beach, but it is also a fantastic entertainment source with free summer concerts, live music, vegetarian restaurants, cafes, and sports activities.

If you’re looking to take a beach trip, keep reading as we take you to one of Vancouver’s most popular beaches.

Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver

Kitsilano Beach, locally known as Kits, is located on Cornwall Avenue at the north end of Yew Street. It’s one of ten sandy beaches along Vancouver’s English Bay coastline. 

Kitsilano Beach is an excellent swimming spot with sand that’s almost like a fine powder. The water is clean and warm, with only a faint hint of saltiness as well.

It’s a famous hot spot for sunbathing and lounging on the sand. People usually come here to unwind, de-stress, and take in the natural beauty of the ocean.

Now, while Kitsilano Beach is free of admission you’ll have to pay for parking though. It costs CAD 3.50 per hour or you can pay CAD 13 for all-day parking.

Moreover, will also have to pay to enter the Kitsilano pool. A single-day admission ticket costs CAD 6.10 for adults, CAD 4.36 for youths aged 13 to 18, and CAD 3.07 for children aged 3 to 12.

Things to Do in Kitsilano Beach

Dine in a variety of restaurants

Kitsilano Beach is packed with different restaurants from various cultures. It has something for everyone’s taste, whether you like seafood, Japanese cuisine, Italian dishes, or anything else.

If you like seafood, we highly recommend the Boathouse Restaurant. They serve locally sourced seafood and a selection of appetizers. 

You can also try Oddfish, which serves both seafood and vegetarian dishes. Their menu frequently changes depending on the season.

For ramen fans, we recommend visiting Ramen Danbo, a popular Japanese restaurant in Kitsilano. We highly recommend their signature Tonkotsu Pork Broth which starts at CAD 11.45.

What we liked best about their ramen was the distinct, artisan-crafted noodles, which customers can customize in terms of thickness, consistency, choice of broth and spice.

Other restaurants include Trattoria, an Italian restaurant that serves traditional pizzas, pasta, and other Italian delights. We also recommend Au Comptoir, a French brunch spot that sells burgers, bread, and pastries.

Take a stroll along Kitsilano

Kitsilano Beach is a great place to walk because it’s connected to downtown and has plenty of shops and restaurants nearby. It’s on the seawall, making it safe for kids (row 508, kids activities Vancouver) and families traveling with strollers.

From the top of Capilano Mountain down along the beach, there are many great views out over Burrard Inlet. This is frequented by locals and tourists for its easy access to downtown city life, great views, and its pristine clean environment.

You can also explore the Kitsilano neighborhood, which is surrounded by beautiful museums, including the Museum of Vancouver.

After a day of exploring, you can relax at Margaret Pigott Park, which has a view of West Vancouver. You can then end the day shopping at the Kitsilano Vancouver Market, which has locally sourced goods, meat, seafood, and live music entertainment.

Do water sports

With the sun shining and a cool breeze to help you out, Kitsilano Beach is a great place to try your hand at water sports. The beach has been used for other activities such as surfing and swimming for quite some time.

If you’re looking for a great place to go water skiing, boating, paddleboarding, and other water sports, Kitsilano Beach is one of the best Vancouver beaches. 

Getting to Kitsilano Beach

To get to Kitsilano Beach via public transportation, take the bus or Skytrain and catch the #2 or #22 Macdonald going to Burrard Street. 

Then, take the bus to the Cypress Street Stop on Cornwall Avenue, get off, and walk up Cypress into the park; Kitsilano Beach Park will be on your left as you enter.

When you decide to visit Kitsilano Beach, make sure you plan ahead of time and know how to get there so that if you get lost, you can easily find your way back. You could also try asking around, as the area is full of friendly locals!

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