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Vancouver’s Jericho Beach

View from Jericho Beach

Home to Vancouver’s July Folk Music Festival and located between Kitsilano and Locarno beaches, Jericho Beach is one of Vancouver’s favourite beaches.


As of March 25th, 2020, Jericho Beach is still open to the public. Folk who go to the beach, however, are instructed to maintain a distance of at least 2 metres from people not in their own household due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus. Also, volleyball and other sporting activities are not permitted (although jogging and cycling are).

Although the beach itself is open, the parking lot at Jericho was closed temporarily. This was done by the city to reduce the number of people at the beach. They did the same at other popular places including Kitsilano Beach, Queen Elizabeth Park and Stanley Park. If you wanted to go to Jericho Beach you had to walk or take public transit up until May 22nd. After that date, however, parking lots were once again open.

As of mid-July, 2020, the concession stand is now reopen. Concession stands have reopened at most, if not all, Metro Vancouver beaches. Lifeguards are now back on duty at the beach as well.

For more information about the use of municipal facilities during the current health-related state of affairs, see the City of Vancouver website.

To learn more about how the coronavirus is impacting the region, see COVID-19 and Vancouver Event Cancellations.

Beautiful Jericho Beach

Located west of Kitsilano and almost adjacent to Locarno Beach, Jericho is without a doubt one of Vancouver’s most beautiful seaside locations.

The beach at Jericho is always busy in the summer, but especially in mid-July when it’s the venue for Vancouver’s very popular Folk Music Festival.

Folk Fest at Jericho Beach Park
Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Jericho – the Beach

Jericho Beach is one of a number of beautiful sandy beaches lining the southern shores of English Bay in Vancouver. The sand seems to extend forever, especially at low tide.

At Jericho Beach there is also a park with a small pond, grass lawns, trees and picnic tables, making it a perfect place for a stroll and a picnic. Also popular at Jericho is the beach volleyball.

Cycling Trail by Jericho Beach

The biking trail all along the water, from past Spanish Banks (to the west) to Kitsilano and beyond (to the east), are excellent and highly recommended. It’s flat the whole way, so great for all ages year-round.

If you go to the region in summer there are lots of places to cool off in the water, plus the odd refreshment stand selling ice creams and drinks.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival

In July during the Vancouver Folk Music Festival is a great time to visit Jericho Beach if you like music. During that weekend thousands of folk music enthusiasts descend on the beach. For more information, check out Vancouver Folk Fest.

Vancouver View from Jericho
View of Vancouver from Jericho Beach

Tips and Advice

Below are some suggestions to help you make the most out of your visit to Jericho Beach.

TIP #1: If you have young kids, take your sandcastle-building supplies, plus your bikes. There is a lot of sand at Jericho Beach, plus a nice walking and cycling trail that goes along the waterfront.

TIP #2: Take a picnic. There is a nice grassy park at Jericho with paths to explore, and picnic tables.

TIP #3: If you’re at Jericho and you’re interested in a bit of history while in the area, consider visiting the Old Hastings Mill Store Museum just a few blocks down from the park along Point Grey Road.

The historic site is only open in the afternoons, and not every day, but it can make a nice little break from all the sun in the summer (or an even nicer and longer little break if it’s raining). It’s tiny and should only take a few minutes to see, but they have some interesting pieces of history.

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