Kitsilano, or Kits for short, is a popular and very trendy part of Vancouver that’s home to one of the city’s best beaches and places to walk and cycle.
NOTE: Kitsilano Beach is open as usual in 2022. However, the outdoor swimming pool was damaged during storms in early January. If all goes well, the pool will likely reopen on July 30th.
For the latest updates about ongoing pool repairs, visit the City of Vancouver website.
In this article you’ll find the following information about Kitsilano:
Vancouver’s Kitsilano District
The Kitsilano neighbourhood is home to the annual Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival in the summer just down the way at Vanier Park. Also in the area are the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, Vancouver Maritime Museum and Museum of Vancouver.
As well, the Kitsilano region is home to several stunning beaches, and the Kitsilano Farmers Market in the summer.
A Best Place to Walk and Cycle
You can ride your bicycle, walk or jog from Kitsilano Beach along the waterfront all the way to Granville Island, Science World and even to downtown Vancouver and Stanley Park, although the entire route is quite a ways.
You can also head to miles in the opposite direction from Kitsilano, past equally beautiful Jericho, Locarno and Spanish Banks beaches in Point Grey and towards the University of British Columbia (UBC), although parts of that route are along main roads.
Kitsilano’s main shopping street is West Broadway, which has a wide variety of interesting stores and restaurants, as does West 4th Avenue.
Kitsilano’s most popular destination in the summer is its main beach, which attracts its biggest crowds during Vancouver’s Honda Celebration of Light fireworks displays in July.
Kitsilano is one of the region’s most beautiful and popular sandy beaches. From there you can see views of English Bay, the city and the North Shore Mountains. Kids have fun in the sand and at the playground, young folk play beach volleyball and people of all ages just hang out.
In the summer Kitsilano Beach is also a great place to swim, both in the freezing cold ocean and in the park’s beautiful and very large outdoor swimming pool. In addition to the pool and large sandy beach, there are lots of wide open grassy areas at the park. There is also a concession stand and Boathouse Restaurant, as well as about 10 tennis courts and a couple of basketball courts.
In the summer there is sometimes “community-sourced” live music and entertainment on the Showboat Stage in the evenings. The shows aren’t always so professional, but you can come and go as you like. Sometimes the entertainment is great.
There is lots of parking at Kitsilano Beach, but it still gets full on hot summer days due to the location’s popularity.
Click the following link to learn more about Metro Vancouver’s other top beaches.
Kitsilano Farmers Market
The Kitsilano Farmers Market runs on Sundays from mid-May to mid-October from 10 am to 2 pm outside the Kitsilano Community Centre at 2690 Larch Street. It’s a pretty big market, with up to about 50 or so vendors on a good week. The market is located about 20 blocks from Kitsilano Beach, so a ways away, but within easy driving distance.
For more information on this and other Lower Mainland markets, check out Vancouver Farmers Markets.
Places to Eat in Kitsilano
Kitsilano is a trendy place, and with that comes equally trendy restaurants. Most of them are located somewhere along 4th Avenue. Some of the best places for a great meal include the following:
- Aphrodite’s Organic Cafe & Pie Shop – a delightful pie and coffee shop at 3605 West 4th Avenue.
- The Boathouse Restaurant – a great restaurant with fantastic views right by the sand at Kitsilano Beach.
- Burgoo – a good place for soups and stews at 2272 West 4th Avenue.
- Fable Kitchen – just three blocks further down West 4th from Burgoo, at #1944, it’s a popular restaurant with an open kitchen concept that prides itself in using local ingredients.
- La Quercia – a reasonably-priced Italian restaurant at 3689 West 4th Avenue, just a few blocks from Jericho beach.
- Maenam – a great Thai restaurant at 1938 West 4th Avenue.
- Octopus’ Garden – a popular Japanese restaurant at 1955 Cornwall Avenue. Its prices are in the middle-to-high range.
- The Wolf and Hound – a popular pub at 3617 West Broadway.
Kitsilano Beach Video
To get a good idea of what to expect at Kitsilano Beach, check out the following video. In it you can see scenes of the beach, Boathouse Restaurant, Showboat Stage and the park’s wide open grassy lawns.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- City of Vancouver
- Vancouver Parks and Places in Nature
- Lower Mainland Beaches
- Vancouver’s Best Outdoor Swimming Pools
- Metro Vancouver’s Top 100 Places