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.

COVID-19 update: beaches

Lifeguards will patrol and supervise designated swimming areas at ten beaches: English Bay, Jericho, Kitsilano, Locarno, Spanish Banks East and West, Sunset, Second, Third, and Trout Lake.

Patrolled swimming areas will be marked by red and yellow coloured flags from 11:30am to 8pm every day throughout the season.

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)

Looking for things to do at English Bay Beach?

Dog off-leash areas

Find all of Vancouver’s dog parks and off-leash areas, whether in your neighbourhood or along the water.

English Bay Beach Cleanup - Dec 16 2017

Join the Blue Dot team and Surfrider and help protect where Vancouverites play at an English Bay Beach Cleanup on December 16, 2017.

Polar Bear Swim

Thousands of people gather at English Bay beach to take the plunge on New Years Day every year for the Polar Bear Swim.


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.


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.


EasyPark manages parking lots throughout Vancouver, including lots in parks, beaches, and theatres.

Find parking lots and pricing by visiting the EasyPark website.

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