Two people holding plastic red cups at a beach

Alcohol in parks

Alcohol permitted at select beaches June 1 to September 30

Adults over the age of 19 will be able to bring and consume alcohol at select beaches.

Drinking alcohol will not be permitted at English Bay, Sunset Beach and Third Beach (Stanley Park).

Where alcohol is not allowed

  • Playgrounds
  • Outdoor pools, wading pools, and splash parks
  • Sports fields, sports courts, and purpose-built amenities such as skate parks
  • Community centres, washrooms, fieldhouses, and other facilities
  • Ecologically sensitive natural areas
  • Parking lots
  • Off-leash dog parks
  • Community gardens and horticulture displays
  • Select beaches

You can bring and enjoy alcoholic beverages at some Vancouver parks.

Alcohol consumption is allowed at:

Park locations

Drinking at beaches pilot

Drinking responsibly

  • Act responsibly when drinking alcohol. Exercise caution when drinking alcohol and avoid entering the water when intoxicated. Alcohol is not allowed in the water.
  • Avoid bringing glass beverage bottles and containers (alcoholic or not), and instead bring cans or reusable plastic or paper-based containers. According to the Parks Control By-law, glass beverage bottles and containers are not allowed in parks and beaches because of the risk of potential injury.
  • Respect the park and other park users and help keep the spaces clean by properly disposing of trash or taking it away with you, sharing the space, and keeping noise and disturbances to a minimum.

Together with the Vancouver Police Department, Park Board staff are monitoring the sites to make sure that they are safe, managed, and maintained.

About the alcohol in parks program