Sunset Beach is actually two smaller beaches in English Bay. There are lifeguards on duty during the summer. It is not as busy as English Bay, Second, and Third beaches. There is a concession stand and showers at Sunset Beach.
Sunset Beach is good for sunbathing and swimming. There is lots of sand to lay out on and some logs to lean up against. However, it is frequently closed for swimming in the summer due to high ecoli counts.
Sunset Beach is designated as a 'quiet beach'. There are signs saying that no amplified music can be played except with a permit.
Across the street from the beach is a large grass area typically referred to as Sunset Beach park. Annually, events such as the Pride festival, free Vancouver Symphony Orchestra performance and 420 Cannabis protest take place here.
The plaque says:
Sunset Beach Park
Sunset Beach Park, established in 1959, completed the dream of a continuous strip of public waterfront between Stanley Park and the head of False Creek. Cottages and apartment buildings had lined the water side of Beach Avenue since the city's early years.
In 1941, businessman George C. Reifel traded a crucial 198 foot strip of property at the foot of Bute Street to the city for property elsewhere, enabling the plan to move forward. The last building on the waterfront, the 1928 Crystal Pool at the foot of Jervis, was demolished once the Vancouver Aquatic Centre opened in 1974.
Sponsored by the Reifel Family
Vancouver Heritage Foundation, Canada, Vancouver 125
Sunset beach is on Beach Avenue between Thurlow Street and Bute Street in Vancouver, BC, Canada. This is near the Burrard Street Bridge.
The Sunset Beach parking lot has been closed to cars since a dedicated bicycle lane was put in on Beach Ave. There is pay street parking on the nearby streets. There is a large pay parking lot on the east side of the Vancouver Aquatic Centre which is just east of Sunset Beach.