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2019 Guide to English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

This is the complete 2019 guide to English Bay in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Located in the West End of Vancouver next to Stanley Park, English Bay is the main bay in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  When asked what to visit in Vancouver, English Bay is always at or near the top of the list!   English bay is what made Vancouver what it is today.  It is where the city meets the ocean!

For over 100 years, English Bay has been a big part of the History of Vancouver.

English Bay has many Attractions to see such as English Bay, English Bay Beach, the English Bay Seawall and the Inukshuk Monument.  

There are many Activities that you can do from walking on the English Bay Seawall, to swimming in the ocean, to sitting on a bench enjoying the view.  

English Bay is also host to Vancouver's largest Events such as the Celebration of Light Fireworks and Festival and the Polar Bear Swim.  

There are many Restaurants, Bars, and Concession stands such as the Cactus Club Cafe and concession right on the beach or many restaurants/bars/cafes within a few blocks of English Bay.

If you want to stay near English Bay, there are a number of Hotels such as the historic Sylvia Hotel within a few blocks of the beach.

Finally, this page will tell you all the General Information such as getting there, parking, etc. that you need to know to visit English Bay.

If you come to Vancouver you must visit English Bay!

English Bay Attractions

English Bay is the main attraction at English Bay in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  There are stunning views out over the ocean.  You can see the south pennisula of Vancouver including the University of British Columbia.  On a clear day, you can see Vancouver Island!  There are always bulk tankers moored in English Bay and sailboats sailing by!  It is also a great place to watch the sun set!

Other attractions at English Bay are the Inukshuk Monument, English Bay Beach and the English Bay Seawall!

English Bay Beach

English Bay Beach, Vancouver, BC, Canada

English Bay Beach is Vancouver's first and main beach.  It is where thousands of Vancouverites have learned to swim.  The view from the beach is spectacular such that people just come to sit and enjoy the view.  You can also enjoy the normal beach activities such as swimming, laying in the sun, volleyball, kayaking, and stand up paddleboarding.  English Bay beach is also one of very few beaches that is wheelchair accessible!

English Bay Beach Info...

English Bay Seawall

English Bay Seawall, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The English Bay Seawall is the busiest seawall in all of Vancouver.  Stretching from Sunset Beach in the east to Second Beach in Stanley Park, it spans most of the length of English Bay.  It is separated into 2 paths, one for walking and the other for bicycling/rollerblading/skateboarding.  It offers terrific view out over English Bay and and access to the ocean at various points along the way.  The English Bay Seawall is used and enjoyed by thousands of Vancouverites and tourists every day of the year!

English Bay Seawall Info...

English Bay Bath House

English Bay Bath House, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The English Bay bathhouse holds change rooms, washrooms, and lifeguard facilities.  It is located directly in front of English Bay Beach!

English Bay Bath House Info...

West End Neighbouhood

West End neighbourhood, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The West End is the residential neighbourhood next to English Bay and Stanley Park.  It is comprised of many apartment buildings and is one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods in North America!

West End Neighbourhood Info...

English Bay Bath House Plaza

English Bay Bath House Plaza Plaque, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Above the English Bay Bath House is a plaza.  This is rarely used except for viewing the Polar Bear Swim and Celebration of Light Fireworks and Festival.

Alexandra Park Bandstand

Alexandra Park Bandstand, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Located across Beach Avenue from English Bay is the Alexandra Park Bandstand.  This is an old-time gazebo bandstand.  Unfortunately, it is rarely used.  However, it is worth a look!

Morton Park

Morton Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Morton Park is a small park just in front of English Bay and near Stanley Park.  It is home to one of Vancouver's favourite attractions, A-Maze-Ing Laughter statues.

English Bay Events

Polar Bear Swim

Polar Bear Swim near Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Each year on January 1, English Bay is host to one of the world's largest polar bear swims.  Thousands of people go swimming in the cool waters of English Bay to celebrate the New Year.  This is one of Vancouver's longest running traditions.  2019 will be the 100th annual polar bear swim!

Polar Bear Swim Info

Celebration of Light Fireworks and Festival

Celebration of Lights Fireworks at English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Each summer at the end of July/beginning of August, there are 3 nights of music-syncronized fireworks displays at English Bay.  During the day there is an associated festival at Ceperley Park in Stanley Park with live music, food, and beer gardens.  This is Vancouver's largest event of the year!

IMPORTANT NOTE: There are NO fireworks at English Bay on Canada Day(July 1) and New Years' Eve(December 31).  Fireworks on Canada Day and New Years' Eve in Vancouver take place at Coal Harbour from the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre .

Celebration of Lights Fireworks and Festival info...

Lumiere

Lumiere statue near Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Each year late in the year statues appear in Morton Park across Beach Avenue from English Bay.  These statues are lit up at night!

English Bay Activities and Things to Do

English Bay bicycle rentals

Mobi bicycle station at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

There is a Mobi, city-owned bicycle sharing, station on Davie Street right in front of English Bay.  These bicycles have time restrictions on them.  There are also some bicycle rental shops just up Davie Street that rent by the hour, half-day, and day.

English Bay Kayak / Standup Paddleboard Rentals

Kayak and Standup paddleboard rentals at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Vancouver Water Adventures rents kayaks and paddleboards at English Bay, just in front of the English Bay Bath House.

Kayak/Paddleboard rental info

Bicycle Rentals

There is a large Mobi bicycle station on Davie Street directly in front on English Bay Beach where you can rent commuter bicycles.  There are regular bicycle rental shops one block up on Davie Street and one(?) block up Denman St.

PERMANENTLY CLOSED-English Bay Beach Chair/Umbrella/Towel Rentals

beach chair, umbrella, and towel rentals at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

There used to be a place to rent beach chairs, umbrellas, and towels at English Bay, but it is not around anymore.  So, there is no place to rent these items anywhere nearby.

Statues/Monuments/Memorials/Plaques at English Bay

Inukshuk

Inukshuk monument at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Inukshuk monument at English Bay was put up just prior to the 2010 Olympics.  It is a distinctive Canadian monument traditionally found in the Arctic north of Canada.

Inukshuk Info and Photos...

Joe Fortes Memorial Fountain

Joe Fortes Memorial Fountain at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Located in Alexandra Park across Beach Avenue from English Bay is a fountain dedicated to one of Vancouver's Favourite people: Joe Fortes.  Joe lived near this spot and was responsible for teaching thousands of Vancouverites to swim in English Bay!

Vancouver Aids Memorial

Vancouver Aids Memorial at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Vancouver Aids Memorial is a memorial to the many people in Vancouver who died from Aids.

Vancouver Aids Memorial Info...

Polar Bear Club Plaque

Polar Bear Club plaque at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Polar Bear club plaque discusses the history of the world famous Polar Bear swim that takes place at English Bay!

More Info...

English Bay Seawall Plaque

English Bay Seawall Plaque, Vancouver, BC, Canada

English Bay Sundial

English Bay Sundial at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The English Bay Sundial is an often overlooked monument at English Bay.  It is located right just off of English Bay Beach near the Cactus Club restaurant.

English Bay Art

There are a number of art works and artists along English Bay.

A-Maze-Ing Laughter

A-Maze-Ing Laughter at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Located across Beach Avenue from English Bay in Morton Park is A-maze-ing Laughter art work.   A-maze-ing Laughter is a series of giant men in various states of laughter!  It makes everyone who sees it smile!  It is popular to take your photo with these friendly giants!

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Engagement

Engagement art at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Engagement art work is located in a field above the English Bay Seawall.

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Peter Berg's Pencil Art

Peter Berg pencil artist at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Peter Berg is a pencil artist that displays his work on the English Bay Seawall.  On non-rainy days you can find him on a bench on the seawall in front of the Sylvia Hotel.  He has amazing drawings including some of the Sylvia Hotel!

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English Bay Restaurants, Bars, and Concession Stands

There are a number of restaurants, bars, and concession stands at English Bay where you can have some great food or a drink or an ice cream cone!

Cactus Club - English Bay

Cactus Club at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Located right on the English Bay Seawall at English Bay Beach is the Cactus Club.  This is a upscale casual chain restaurant.  They serve lunch and dinner.  This location has a fabulous outdoor patio that has great views of English Bay.

During the summer, The Cactus Club operates a concession stand on the outside of their restaurant.

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Sylvia Hotel restaurant and bar

Sylvia Hotel Restaurant at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Sylvia Hotel has a fabulous full service restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  They also have a bar.  Some of the window tables have good views out over English Bay.

Hook Seabar

Hook Restaurant at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Hook Seabar is a new restaurant as of 2018.  It is in the same location where Milestones used to be.  The restaurant is located across the street from English Bay but still has a decent view.  They have an outdoor patio which is nice to sit at when the weather is good.  They are open for dinner weekdays and brunch/lunch/dinner on weekends.

Address: 1210 Denman St, Vancouver, BC, V6G 2N2
Phone: 604-620-4668
Email: info@hookseabar.com

Three Brits Public House

The Three Brits Public House at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

This is a pub located at the corner of Davie St. and Denman St.

Bayside Lounge

Bayside Lounge at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

This is a funky lounge located on the 2nd floor at the corner of Davie St. and Denman St.  It is a lounge, but has a full food menu available.

Sunset Beach Concession Stand

Sunset Beach Concession Stand at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

There is a concession stand at Sunset Beach that is open during the spring, summer, and fall.

Hotdog Vendor

Hotdog Vendor at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

There is a hotdog vendor that has a cart on the sidewalk directly in front of English Bay Beach.  He sells hotdogs and drinks.  It seems to be very popular!

Boathouse-English Bay (PERMANENTLY CLOSED)

The Boathouse restaurant's English Bay location closed permanently in the fall of 2018.

Milestones-English Bay (PERMANENTLY CLOSED)

Milestones' English Bay location closed permanently in the fall of 2018.

English Bay Cafe (PERMANENTLY CLOSED)

The English Bay Cafe closed permanently many years ago.

Hotels near English Bay

There is only 1 hotel, the Sylvia Hotel, right on English Bay.  However, there are a number of hotels within a few blocks of English Bay.

Sylvia Hotel

Sylvia Hotel at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Located right next to English Bay is this beautiful old historic hotel.  It also has a bar and restaurant that have amazing views out over English Bay.  There is also some interesting history that may have happened in this hotel.

Sylvia Hotel Info...

English Bay Hotel

Best Western Plus Sands

Rosellen Suites

The Buchan Hotel

Sunset Inn and Suites

Sandman Suites

English Bay History

English Bay Plaque, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The plaque on the English Bay Bathhouse says:

English Bay

Named by Captain George Richards in 1860, this became a popular recreation area with the development of the West End in the 1890's.  Over the years amenities were added, including sand (1898), bath houses and pier (1909) and a bandstand in Alexandra Park (1914).

English Bay Pier

Englesea Lodge

Crystal Pool

Joe Fortes

We-art

English Bay Photo Gallery

English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
English Bay, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

General Information and FAQs about English Bay

General information such as washrooms and parking for English Bay and Frequently Asked Questions.

Are there public washrooms at English Bay?

Public Washrooms at the English Bay Bath House, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Yes, there are public washrooms in the English Bay Bath House.

Where is English Bay?

English Bay is in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  It is located on the downtown pennisula right next to Stanley Park and the West End neighbourhood.

What is the address of English Bay?

English Bay doesn't really have an address.  Beach Avenue runs the length of English Bay.  Most people access English Bay at English Bay Beach which is very near to the corner of Denman street and Davie street.  There isn't a postal code (aka. zip code) for the bay per se, but the postal code for the Cactus Club restaurant at English Bay is V6E 1V3.

All taxi drivers in Vancouver should know where English Bay is.  If you need directions, then I would recommend just going to the corner of Davie street and Denman street.  You can see the water of English Bay from there.

Where is there parking near English Bay?

All parking anywhere near English Bay is pay parking, i.e. There is NO FREE PARKING nearby English Bay.  There are a couple of parking lots right on English Bay along Beach Avenue between Bute street and Denman St.  There is very limited 2 hour parking on some streets in the West End neighbourhood.  There are a few parking lots just off of Denman street.  Also, there is a large parking lot just inside Stanley Park next to the English Bay Tennis Courts.

How to get from English Bay to Granville Island?

False Creek Ferry at English Bay, Vancouver, BC, Canada

To get from English Bay to Granville Island during the day you can take the False Creek Ferry from it's dock at the foot of Thurlow Street at Sunset Beach.  It is a short ferry ride across False Creek to Granville Island.

You could walk or bicycle from English Bay to Granville Island via the seawall along the entire edge of False Creek.  The distance is about 6 miles so it is a long flat walk.  To do this just head east(toward the Inukshuk Monument) from English Bay Beach.  It will turn into the False Creek Seawall around Sunset Beach.  Stay on the False Creek Seawall as it winds along the edge of False Creek and goes around Scienceworld and eventually you will get to Granville Island.  It is shorter to walk to Granville Island via the Granville Street bridge, but this is a trickier route and involves some elevation!

Is English Bay dog-friendly?

Many people bring their dogs to English Bay.  All dogs must be leashed.  Dogs are not allowed on English Bay Beach, but are allowed on the English Bay Seawall and the grassy area behind the seawall.

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