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KitsilanoVancouver

Ethnic food, fashionable shops and one of Vancouver’s best beaches are all part of this bayside neighborhood.

Once the center of Vancouver’s counterculture during the 1960s, Kitsilano is now a haven for the city’s young urban professionals. It’s also one of Vancouver’s best districts for shopping and eating. Sample from a wide array of ethnic cuisines, explore bookstores or fashion boutiques and enjoy one of Vancouver’s most popular beaches.

Walk through the streets and get a feel for the neighborhood. Two famous organizations were founded in Kitsilano and show how it has changed over time. The environmental organization Greenpeace planted its roots here in the late 1960s, when the neighborhood was a counterculture hotbed. In the late 1990s, yoga clothing brand Lululemon was founded in Kitsilano, which suggests the neighborhood’s young professional turn.

Start your visit on West 4th Avenue, where the majority of Kitsilano’s shops and restaurants are located. Popular restaurants serve a range of cuisines, including Malaysian, Mexican and Japanese. Organic food options are common in the area as well. After eating, browse through the shops, which include bookstores, home décor shops and fashion boutiques.

During the summer months, Kitsilano Beach is packed with locals enjoying the cool waters of English Bay. If the crowds are overwhelming, look just off the beach for Kitsilano Pool, one of the longest pools in Canada.

East of the beach, find Vanier Park. This 42-acre (17-hectare) park features lawns, ponds and excellent views of the downtown skyline. Three of Vancouver’s notable museums are located here, including the Museum of Vancouver, which has numerous artifacts from the city’s history, including a collection of neon signs. Discover more educational exhibits at the Vancouver Maritime Museum and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. In summer, Vanier Park also hosts the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. Watch a riveting performance, such as The Tempest, on a sunny Vancouver afternoon.

Located just across False Creek from downtown, Kitsilano is served by several subway and bus lines. If you are arriving by car, park in the Vanier Park lot for a fee and explore the neighborhood on foot.


Popular places to visit in Kitsilano

Kitsilano Beach
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Kitsilano Beach

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Swim in the longest pool in the country at this sandy beach with an elegant boulevard, restaurants and a watersports center.

Canada Place
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Canada Place

4.5/5(1,589 reviews)

Fly above Canada’s stunning scenery aboard a flight simulator and watch a movie in the open-air cinema at this expansive entertainment complex.

Stanley Park
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Stanley Park

4.5/5(2,511 reviews)

Check out this local favorite since Victorian times for its forested walking trails, beachside activities, attractive gardens and wildlife.

Top things to do in Kitsilano

Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets
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Capilano Suspension Bridge Park Tickets

CA $58
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Hop-On Hop-Off Vancouver City Tour
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Hop-On Hop-Off Vancouver City Tour

CA $59
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Grouse Mountain Admission Tickets
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Grouse Mountain Admission Tickets

CA $62
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Vancouver Whale-Watching & Marine Wildlife Tour
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Vancouver Whale-Watching & Marine Wildlife Tour

CA $154
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Plaza Premium Lounge at Vancouver International Airport (YVR)
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Plaza Premium Lounge at Vancouver International Airport (YVR)

CA $57
Per adult
5hr Bike Rental
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5hr Bike Rental

CA $37
Per adult

Top Hotels in Kitsilano

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Alma Beach Suites
Alma Beach Suites
4 out of 5
2814 W3rd Ave, Vancouver, BC

Located in Kitsilano, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of English Bay and Kitsilano Beach. Granville Island Public Market and Jericho Beach ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (71 reviews)

"The property is ideally located, close to all amenities and transport. The layout of our apartment was excellent and the location quiet and restful."…"

Reviewed on Oct. 12, 2019

Alma Beach Suites
3 Bdrm Suite to Walk to the Beach, to Granville Island or Both!
3 Bdrm Suite to Walk to the Beach, to Granville Island or Both!
1862 West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Located in Kitsilano, this romantic holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Vancouver False Creek Seawall, Granville Island Public Market and Granville Street. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (86 reviews)
Nice place to stay

"Great location just off main throughway in beautiful Kitsilano. Clean 3 bedroom with nice kitchen and living room. Only complaint is extremely poor WiFi and useless cable (so many channels - not available - even Global and CBC!). I checked WiFi speeds and was only 26 Mbps (LTE data is 170 for reference, ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 4, 2020

3 Bdrm Suite to Walk to the Beach, to Granville Island or Both!
A True Home- Blocks to Kits Beach and 4th Ave, Minutes From Downtown and UBC
A True Home- Blocks to Kits Beach and 4th Ave, Minutes From Downtown and UBC
2624 W 3rd Ave, Vancouver, BC

Located in Kitsilano, this holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Vancouver False Creek Seawall and Kitsilano Beach. Granville Island Public Market and Granville ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (67 reviews)
Our home for a week

"Was close to Children's hospital provided a great place to get away from the hospital, eat and sleep. Was close to everything, Safeway etc"…"

Reviewed on Aug. 30, 2020

A True Home- Blocks to Kits Beach and 4th Ave, Minutes From Downtown and UBC
Beautiful 900sq ft 1 Bedroom Main Floor Suite In The Heart Of Kitsilano
Beautiful 900sq ft 1 Bedroom Main Floor Suite In The Heart Of Kitsilano
1862 W 7th Ave, Vancouver, BC

Located in Kitsilano, this romantic holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Vancouver False Creek Seawall, Granville Island Public Market and Granville Street. ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (63 reviews)
Wonderful!

"Exactly as represented. Loved it and look forward to staying here again."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 3, 2020

Beautiful 900sq ft 1 Bedroom Main Floor Suite In The Heart Of Kitsilano
Kitsilano Oasis: Quiet and Spotlessly Clean Garden Suite With King Bed
Kitsilano Oasis: Quiet and Spotlessly Clean Garden Suite With King Bed
2946 W 12th Ave, Vancouver, BC

Located in Kitsilano, this holiday home is within 2 miles (3 km) of English Bay, Kitsilano Beach and Jericho Beach. Vancouver General Hospital and Granville ...

5/5Exceptional! (46 reviews)
Truly remarkable

"We wanted accommodation near Kitsilano and Kerrisdale so we could easily visit with and help family members who live there. We also wanted a bit of outdoor space and a bbq so that we might host a small family visit or meal. And it was very important that our hosts were mindful of all current health ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 1, 2020

Kitsilano Oasis: Quiet and Spotlessly Clean Garden Suite With King Bed
Kitsilano Modern Comfort - Spacious 1 Bedroom in Quiet Tree Lined Neighbourhood
Kitsilano Modern Comfort - Spacious 1 Bedroom in Quiet Tree Lined Neighbourhood
2506 W 13th Ave, Lower Suite, Vancouver, BC

Located in Kitsilano, this holiday home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vancouver False Creek Seawall and Kitsilano Beach. Vancouver General Hospital and Granville ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (34 reviews)
Clean and convenient

"Central to everything we needed. We had a rental so we were happy for parking which was right by the entrance."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 8, 2020

Kitsilano Modern Comfort - Spacious 1 Bedroom in Quiet Tree Lined Neighbourhood

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The stunning beaches and popular shops are just a few highlights of West End. Make a stop by Robson Street or Stanley Park while you're exploring the area.

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If you're in Yaletown, take some time to enjoy the ample dining options. Consider a stop by Vancouver False Creek Seawall, and you can hop on the metro at Yaletown-Roundhouse Station to see more of the area.

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