Home to Vancouver’s July Folk Music Festival and located between Kitsilano and Locarno beaches, Jericho Beach is one of Vancouver’s favourite beaches.
Note: In early January of 2022, the pier at Jericho Beach was damaged during a storm. Hopefully it will be repaired soon.
In this article you’ll find the following information about Jericho Beach:
Beautiful Jericho Beach
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.
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. There are sports fields, tennis courts and beach volleyball courts as well.
Cycling Trail by Jericho Beach
The biking trails 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.
In the summer there are lots of places to cool off in the water, plus the odd refreshment stand selling ice creams and drinks.
SPRING FUN RUN AT JERICHO BEACH
The Big Easter Run takes place at Jericho Beach each year. It features 1 km, 5 km and 10 km runs that are fun as opposed to competitive. Participants also get a complimentary pair of bunny ears!
Vancouver Folk Music Festival
If you like music the Vancouver Folk Music Festival in July is a great time to visit Jericho Beach. During that weekend thousands of folk music enthusiasts descend on the beach. For more information, check out Vancouver Folk Fest.
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, as well as 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.
To learn more about Jericho Beach see the City of Vancouver‘s website.
Other articles you might be interested in include the following:
- Metro Vancouver’s Top Beaches
- Kitsilano, Spanish Banks and Locarno Beaches
- Vancouver Folk Music Festival
- Vancouver Parks and Places in Nature
- Vancouver Summer Activities