Sunset in late winter during low tide off English Bay Beach (First Beach) looking south-west toward Kitsilano and Point Grey.
First Beach (otherwise known as English Bay Beach) on the shores of Vancouver's West End is undeniably a favourite spot in the warm summer months.
The beach was best known for its intrepid self-styled lifeguard, Joe Fortes who resided on the beach in the 1900s patrolling its shores and teaching swimming lessons.
Located close to one of Canada's highest density residential areas, it has become a premier attraction throughout the year boasting Vancouver's annual Polar Bear Swim on January 1, where brave (or foolish depending on the sentiment) people of all ages take a freezing dive into the waters in a variety of costumes or swim wear to welcome the beginning of another year.
In late summer, Vancouver hosts the Celebration of Lights which sees over a million people over a span of four nights gather on the shores of the beach to watch this annual fireworks competition.
The city's annual Pride Parade route passes the beach and hosts its annual festival on its shores as well. Throughout the year many marathons and runs use the seawall directly adjacent to beach as a rout for a variety of different charities.
Known for its stunning sunset locale, the beach is most popular in the evening hours as the sun slowly creeps to the horizon in a blaze of colours. Summers see the beach packed with people enjoying the warm sun, playing volleyball, swimming or renting a kayak from the seasonal outlet. Its central location is a magnet for beach-goers looking for convenience with concession stands, public bathrooms, the seawall and nearby Denman Street, location to the city's most diverse eateries.
The beach continues to be one of the West End's most endearing attractions, drawing thousands to its shores to enjoy sunny days, low tides, ice cream or the surrounding seawall amidst the backdrop of Vancouver's famed ocean scenery.
Use the interactive map below to locate and explore the areas around First beach, English bay near Stanley parkFirst Beach is located on the corner of Denman St. and Beach Ave.
Click the brown GEMS on the map to navigate to the other activities within this region