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.

Only propane barbecues are currently permitted at parks and beach barbecue areas. Charcoal and briquette-style barbecues are not allowed.

Ensuring safe use of propane barbecues: 

  • Place 75 cm off the ground
  • Keep water nearby to douse
  • Ensure barbecues are fully extinguished after use
  • Avoid using near forested areas

All barbecues, including propane, are banned in Stanley Park.

No barbecues are allowed on the sandy beach areas.

Features at English Bay Beach

  • Concession
  • Cactus Club Cafe
  • Public washrooms
  • Beach umbrella and chair rentals
  • Kayak rentals and storage
  • Lifeguards (Victoria Day to Labour Day, late May to early September)
  • Mobi-Mat accessible beach pathway
  • Two water wheelchairs (two attendants needed to operate, available Victoria Day to Labour Day)
  • Swimming raft with large slide
  • Two sand volleyball courts
  • Pay parking

Not permitted: fishing or harvesting of crabs or bivalve mollusks (for example, clams, oysters, mussels)

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Find parking lots and pricing by visiting the EasyPark website.

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