English Bay Beach

English Bay Beach in Vancouver

English Bay Beach, also called First Beach, located along Beach Ave between Gilford St and Bidwell St, is the most populated beach area in Vancouver's downtown area. The Stanley Park Seawall, a popular running and biking route, runs along the east side of the beach.

Features at English Bay Beach

  • Concession
  • Cactus Club Cafe 
  • Public washrooms
  • Kayak rentals and storage
  • Lifeguards from Victoria Day until Labour Day (late May to early September)
  • Swimming raft with large slide
  • Two sand volleyball courts
  • Beach wheelchair for persons with physical disabilities
  • Pay parking

Looking for things to do at English Bay Beach?

Polar Bear Swim at English Bay Beach in Vancouver

Polar Bear Swim

The Vancouver Polar Bear Swim Club is one of the oldest and largest in the world. Thousands of people gather at English Bay beach to take the plunge on New Years Day every year.

Seawall in Vancouver


Enjoy one of Vancouver's most popular destinations and take advantage of all there is to do and see along the Seawall! Download the map and learn more about this scenic path lining the city waterfront.

Stella, the mastiff, at Stanley Park dog off-leash area in Vancouver

Stanley Park dog park

Dogs are allowed to be off leash in the gated area between 7:00am and 9:00pm. The off-leash area is located in the shuffleboard court area.

Playing beach volleyball on Kitsilano beach in Vancouver


Vancouver has many options for playing volleyball. Find out about using indoor and outdoor volleyball courts, joining a volleyball league, or taking a volleyball course or workshop.

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