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Kitsilano Beach free

1499 Arbutus Street | Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 5N2 | Official website
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  • Type: Beaches, Recreation, Swimming/Pools
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.3)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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When the weather's nice, follow Vancouverites down to the shores of English Bay to Kitsilano "Kits" Beach. Often compared to L.A.'s Venice Beach, this shoreline along the northern edge of Kitsilano is the city's most popular swim spot, especially for the city's 20-something crowd. When you're not relaxing on the sand or admiring the skyline views, you'll find areas for in-line skating and volleyball, along with tennis courts and a playground. If you're in the mood for swim but the bay water is just a little too chilly for your liking, try the area's heated, saltwater Kitsilano Pool. You can also visit the nearby Vancouver Maritime Museum, which offers an educational respite from the summer sun. When you need to grab a refreshment, you'll find several concession stands as well as a more formal dining room at The Boathouse on Kits Beach.

You don't have to pay to access the beach, but you will have to pay for parking. Parking from May 1 to September 30 will cost you $2.50 CAD (about $2.25 USD) hourly and $10 CAD (about $9.15 USD) daily. From October 1 to April 30 hourly parking rates decrease to $2 CAD (about $1.80 USD); daily rates decrease to $4 CAD (about $3.70 USD). Entrance to the pool will also cost you. Single-day admission for adults costs $5.67 CAD (about $5.20 USD); youths ages 13 to 18 years old get in for $4 CAD (about $3.70 USD) and children ages 3 to 12 enter for $2.86 CAD (about $2.60). Check out the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation website for more information on Kits Beach.

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