Our nine beaches – eight by the ocean, one by a freshwater lake – offer 18 km of beautiful outdoor space to sunbathe, swim, play sports, and picnic.
Vancouver's public beaches and waterfront access make it among the most liveable cities in the world.
The Park Board advocates for access to our most precious asset: the waterfront. Starting in the 1920s, park commissioners made it a priority to incrementally acquire beachfront property that was earlier snapped-up for hotel and private residential development.
By the mid-1980s we had acquired full waterfront access along English Bay from Burrard Bridge to Stanley Park and all the waterfront from Spanish Banks to Jericho Beach. Inroads had been made along Point Grey Road with a handful of street-end lookouts.
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Beach locations, amenities, and parking
Located along Beach Ave between Gilford St and Bidwell St on the Stanley Park Seawall system, enjoy many amenities including a concession, Cactus Club Cafe, washrooms, kayak rentals and storage, swimming raft with large slide, two volleyball courts, summer lifeguards, a beach wheelchair for persons with physical disabilities, and pay parking.
Jericho Beach on the north side of Jericho Park at the west end of Point Grey Rd between Wallace St and Discovery St. Jericho Beach has a concession, playing fields, tennis courts, picnic tables, Jericho Sailing Centre, swimming raft, summer lifeguards, a beach wheelchair for persons with physical disabilities, and pay parking.
"Kits" Beach is located on Cornwall Ave at the north end of Yew St. The Seawall runs along side the beach and Kitsilano Pool is at the west side. The beach offers a concession, Boathouse restaurant, washrooms, tennis courts, basketball courts, playground, swimming raft, summer lifeguards, and pay parking.
Locarno Beach is located at the west side of Jericho Park on Northwest Marine Dr between Discovery St and Tolmie St. Designated "quiet" beach (no amplified sound). Amenities include washrooms, picnic tables, swimming raft, a concession, free parking, and summer lifeguards.
Located on the Stanley Park seawall at Stanley Park Dr and North Lagoon Dr beside the outdoor pool, Second Beach has a concession, washrooms, playground, picnic shelter, summer lifeguards, and pay parking.
Located on Northwest Marine Dr west of Tolmie St and on the Seaside Seawall, enjoy three distinct beach sections each with free parking, summer lifeguards, and allowing barbeques. Spanish Banks East and West have a concession, washrooms, and picnic tables. Spanish Banks West is a designated "quiet" beach (no amplified sound) and also has a dog off-leash area. Spanish Banks Extension has a dog off-leash area.
Sunset Beach is located at the mouth of False Creek on Beach Ave between Bute St and Thurlow St. Close to the West End and Downtown areas of Vancouver. Designated "quiet" beach (no amplified sound). Sunset Beach has a concession, washrooms, pay parking, summer lifeguards, and a volleyball court.
A great spot for quiet bathing, picnics, and watching sunsets, Third Beach is a naturally sandy beach surrounded by trees. Located on the Stanley Park Seawall system at Ferguson Point, the beach has a concession, washrooms, summer lifeguards, and pay parking. Barbeques are allowed.
Trout Lake Beach is at the south end of Trout Lake in John Hendry Park at Victoria Dr and East 19th Ave. Trout Lake Beach offers a swimming raft, play fields, concession, washrooms, picnic area, summer lifeguards, dog off-leash area (north end of lake), and free parking. It is also near the Trout Lake Community Centre.
Dogs are only allowed at the following beaches and must be in the designated off-leash areas:
- New Brighton Park (seasonal and time restrictions apply)
- John Hendry Park
- Spanish Banks Beach Park
- Sunset Beach Park
- Hadden Park (seasonal and time restrictions apply)
The waters of False Creek are great for paddling and boating, but not swimming. Use public sewage pump-outs for your boat.
The accompanying Seawall and Seaside Greenway form the world's longest uninterrupted waterfront path and are perfect for walking, running, cycling, and picnicking.
Beach water quality is monitored for E-coli bacteria counts every week from May to September by Vancouver Coastal Health and Metro Vancouver.
Tides are predicted for the next seven days by Fisheries and Oceans Canada.
The Waterfront Inventory examines the character of Vancouver's waterfront and its value as a natural, recreational, and cultural resource.
Lifeguards are on duty from Victoria Day until Labour Day from 11:30am to 8:30pm.
Warning: When the red light is on during the hours above, NO lifeguard is on duty.
Bringing a group of children to go swimming at the beach? Safety first – follow our child-to-supervisor ratios while in the water.
- Children 7 years and younger: 1 supervisor per 5 children
- Children 8 years and older: 1 supervisor per 10 children
Swim in the designated swimming area only when lifeguards are on duty.
To ensure everyone can have a good time at the beach, please don't:
- Make fires (barbeques are permitted in containers)
- Drink alcohol
- Play ball sports (except in designated areas)
- Use inflatables in the water
- Kiteboard and kitesurf (except at Spanish Banks Extension)
- Ride your horse
- Dump chemicals in storm drains