English Bay Beach is probably the busiest beach in Vancouver. Located right on English bay in the West End neighbourhood of Vancouver, it has been the main beach of Vancouver for over 100 years! It is very accessible by transit and driving and is only a 15-20 minute walk from the highrises of downtown Vancouver. This is the beach where the famous Joe Fortes taught countless children to swim. There is a monument to Joe in the little park across Beach Avenue from English Bay. As with most Vancouver beaches, there are giant logs laid out parallel to the waterline which provide a wind break and on which you can lean comfortably to sit up. Many people go to the beach to lay or sit in the sun, and in the summer months swim in the ocean.
During the summer months, many people swim at the beach. There are changerooms, showers, and bathrooms at the English Bay Bath House right next to the beach. There are lifeguards during the summer months. Also, there is a giant slide that can be used during high tides! On the beach itself, there are poles that you can affix a volleyball net to. Eco Marine rents kayaks and paddleboards right in front of the English Bay Bath House.
English Bay beach is host to some of Vancouver's most popular events. In the summer, there is the Celebration of Lights Fireworks which hosts 3 nights of fantastic fire works. On New Year's Day, thousands of crazy??? people go for a swim in the ocean as part of the world famous Polar Bear Swim! For all these events, English Bay beach is packed solid with people!
In June 2017, the Vancouver Parks Board announced plans to install a wheelchair accessible beach mat that would give people in wheelchairs the ability to go out onto the sand and down to the high-tide water line. This will be a pilot project on English Bay beach and may be extended to other beaches depending on what is learned from this pilot. Tentatively, the mat will be installed in late August 2017. There are 2 beach wheelchairs that have large wheels that can be rolled on the sand, but these need to be reserved in advance.
Dogs must be leashed when on the beach.
During the summer a slide is brought into English Bay for swimmers to use. It can only be used during high tides!
English Bay Beach is located just off of the English Bay Seawall and English Bay Bath House. It is right next to the West End neighbourhood of Vancouver. Nearby is the A-Maze-Ing Laughter Artwork.
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