Photo Essay: Kitsilano Beach Park in Vancouver [video]

| June 16, 2013 | 25 Comments More

Pictures from a walk around Kitsilano Beach Park in Vancouver on a rainy day

Kitsilano, located on the south shore of English Bay, is one of Vancouver’s older residential neighborhoods. This former hippie community is now popular with young professionals, and its main commercial streets – West 4th Avenue and West Broadway – are filled with boutiques, yoga studios, and organic restaurants.

After walking around the area and stopping for coffee, I headed north towards the water. I was hoping for views of the skyline and North Shore mountains, but didn’t expect to find what would become one of my favorite spots in the city. Being fond of beaches suitable for walking, such as Myrtle Beach or San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, I felt right at home at Kitsilano.

Hardly anyone was there on the chilly afternoon – just a few local residents with their dogs. I walked on the water’s edge, enjoying the tranquil surroundings and Vancouver’s remarkable water/mountain/skyscraper scenery. I only left when the rain became too strong.

Here are several photos and a video from my walk. Enjoy!

Kitsilano Beach Park (1)

My first glimpse of Kitsilano Beach

Kitsilano Beach Park (2)

No lifeguard was needed on the rainy day

Kitsilano Beach Park (4)

Slippery rocks line the shore

Kitsilano Beach Park (6)

You can enjoy skyline views right from the beach

Kitsilano Beach Park (7)

If you don’t own a boat, there’s always the ferry

Kitsilano Beach Park (5)

I made a local friend :)

At Kitsilano Beach Park

Happy moments, happy place…


Read more about my #ExploreCanada journey.

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Pola Henderson is a travel writer and city explorer. Besides Jetting Around, her writing credits include CNN, Yahoo, Expedia, MasterCard, among others. She also runs JA Media, a boutique agency specializing in content writing and event production. Happily multicultural, Pola grew up in Krakow, lived in Chicago for 13 years, and is currently based in her soul city Paris.

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  1. avatar Aaron says:

    Nice find! Beach, skyline views, being along the water… perfect!

  2. Stunning pictures, Pola. I love the beauty in the black and white. Looks like you had a wonderful tour of Canada!

  3. avatar Leah Travels says:

    That dog with the stick is darling…and the beach is pretty cute, too.

  4. avatar Anita Mac says:

    Love those kind of days where you wander along the beach…Looks like a great day!

  5. Kitsilano Beach Park looks like the place to be in Vancouver. Great that they even have a dog with a stick. Just don’t walk around for too long as the liquor stores in Vancouver I hear close at 11 p.m. At least it is better than Toronto.

  6. avatar Lola DiMarco says:

    Although I much prefer to enjoy the beach in a bikini, it looks beautiful. I love the skyline views and I do like the black and white!

  7. Lovely photos! You lucked out with an empty beach. I am going to have to get myself to Vancouver for sure, and head to this neighborhood – sounds fabulous!

  8. These are gorgeous photos of Kitsilano Beach – and they capture perfectly the mood on a rainy day. Now if you were here in July or even this past week in August, the sun would have been out and you could have printed those photos in color!

  9. avatar Charu says:

    Always nice to see B&W photos of a beach…all too rare!

  10. thanks so much for sharing such lovely photos of Kitsilano. I actually grew up in Vancouver and I lived in Kitsilano when I was a student at the University of British Columbia. now, I live in New York City and I have special fond memories of my old stomping ground. thanks for reviving those memories again!

  11. We live near here, and visit often. A gorgeous place for a family walk :) Thanks for sharing.

  12. avatar Jim says:

    I like your photos.

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