English Bay Beach
West End Community Centre
This busy and bustling community center, with a full range of events, activities and classes to keep the locals on their toes, has its...
Part of the permanently popular Sylvia Hotel, this was Vancouver's first cocktail bar when it opened in the mid-1950s. Now a comfy,...
This venerable English Bay eatery was sourcing unique BC ingredients long before the fashion for Fanny Bay oysters took hold. A great...
English Bay Beach information
Wandering south on Denman St, you'll spot a clutch of palm trees ahead announcing one of Canada's best urban beaches. Then you'll see Vancouver's most popular public artwork: a series of oversized laughing figures that makes everyone smile. There's a party atmosphere here in summer as locals catch rays and busker shows…or just ogle the volleyballers prancing around on the sand.
Be sure to snap a few photos of the beach's towering inukshuk (Inuit sculpture), south of the main area, or just continue along the seawall into neighboring Stanley Park. The beach is a popular (but crowded) spot to catch the annual Celebration of Light fireworks festival, and it's also where the city's annual Polar Bear Swim takes place on 1 January.