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English Bay (First) Beach (and 2 others)

1795 Beach Ave
Vancouver, BC
Area: Downtown

Situated between Gilford and Bidwell Streets, this is the most populated beach in the downtown area. It's perfect for people watching and walking and is a local hot-spot to enjoy sunsets. A lifeguard is present from late May to early September and the beach offers a swimming raft with a large slide.

Two sand volleyball courts mean a game is always likely, and kayak rentals are available in the summer. On the last Wednesday and Saturday of July and the first Wednesday and Saturday of August, the International Celebration of Light fireworks competition can be viewed from here at 10pm, rain or shine. 

FYI: You must pay for parking here. Location: On Beach Ave., between Bidwell St. and Cardero St.

Other popular beaches in the Vancouver area: Jericho Beach which is located on the north side of Jericho Park at teh west end of Point Grey Road in the Point Grey neighborhood. Spanish Banks is another West Point Grey neighborhood beach. The water in the summer is so shallow that you can walk a long ways in the ankle-deep tide pools. 4801 Marine Drive.

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