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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.

Top Hotels in Kitsilano

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Kitsilano Oasis: Quiet and Spotlessly Clean Garden Suite With King Bed
Kitsilano Oasis: Quiet and Spotlessly Clean Garden Suite With King Bed
Vancouver, BC

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

5/5Exceptional! (40 reviews)
Immaculate, quiet, stunning backyard oasis

"If you are unsure about the glowing reviews - like they’re too good to be true - don’t be! They’re all real! We’re vacation home owners ourselves, and were beyond impressed by the cleanliness, design, comfort and amenities of this lovely home away from home. We highly recommend it, and it will be ..."…"

Reviewed on Jun 4, 2020

Kitsilano Oasis: Quiet and Spotlessly Clean Garden Suite With King Bed
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
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
Vancouver, BC

Located in Kitsilano, this romantic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vancouver Museum, Granville Island Public Market, and Kitsilano Beach. Vancouver General ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (81 reviews)
Great Kitsilano Location

"Would happily stay here again"…"

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2020

Beautiful 900sq ft 1 Bedroom Main Floor Suite In The Heart Of Kitsilano
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!
Vancouver, BC

Located in Kitsilano, this romantic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vancouver Museum, Granville Island Public Market, and Kitsilano Beach. Vancouver General ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (84 reviews)
Great Location

"The property had good space for the four of us and was very well finished. We enjoy walking and exploring and this was a great central location for wandering and catching buses. We would definitely rent here again."…"

Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020

3 Bdrm Suite to Walk to the Beach, to Granville Island or Both!
Kitsilano Garden Walk-Out 2 Bedroom
Kitsilano Garden Walk-Out 2 Bedroom
Vancouver, BC

Located in Kitsilano, this romantic apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of English Bay and Jericho Beach. Granville Island Public Market and Vancouver General ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (18 reviews)
Meticulous and beautiful suite.

"I had to travel to Vancouver during the Covid crisis, and this place was so meticulous that it put many of my fears to rest. We were able to do what we had to do, and then we were able to isolate easily in this suite. There were disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer for us to use when we had to pick ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2020

Kitsilano Garden Walk-Out 2 Bedroom
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
Vancouver, BC

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

4.8/5Exceptional! (61 reviews)
Exactly what we needed

"The process of renting this property was seamless from beginning to end. My husband and I have our three children in Vancouver and wanted a second home for them to visit while we were there. This was ideal in so many ways. Location location and facility in getting around. 4th Avenue was a delight ..."…"

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2020

A True Home- Blocks to Kits Beach and 4th Ave, Minutes From Downtown and UBC

Popular places to visit in Kitsilano

Kitsilano Beach
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Kitsilano Beach

4/5(1 review)

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

Vancouver Museum
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Vancouver Museum

3.5/5(9 reviews)

You can spend time studying the exhibits at Vancouver Museum during your travels in Vancouver. Check out the shops and top-notch restaurants in this vibrant area.

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
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H.R. MacMillan Space Centre

You can spend an afternoon exploring the galleries in H.R. MacMillan Space Centre in Vancouver. Wander the beautiful beaches or discover the beautiful sunsets in this vibrant area.

Vanier Park
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Vanier Park

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Enjoy the beautiful sunsets and explore Vanier Park, a lovely green space in Vancouver. Amble around this vibrant area's beautiful beaches or experience its fascinating museums.

Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal
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Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal

4.5/5(1,096 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Vancouver with a trip to Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal. Discover the beautiful sunsets and top-notch restaurants in this vibrant area.

Canada Place
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Canada Place

4.5/5(1,514 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.

Top things to do in Kitsilano

Half-Day Whale Watching (Vancouver, BC)
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Half-Day Whale Watching (Vancouver, BC)

96% of travellers recommend
$133
Per adult
Victoria by Seaplane & Ferry
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Victoria by Seaplane & Ferry

94% of travellers recommend
$210
Per adult
Vancouver Lookout Observation Deck Admission Tickets
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Vancouver Lookout Observation Deck Admission Tickets

90% of travellers recommend
$13
Per adult
Vancouver Art Gallery Skip-the-Line Admission Tickets
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Vancouver Art Gallery Skip-the-Line Admission Tickets

88% of travellers recommend
$17
Per adult
Vancouver Aerial Tour
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Vancouver Aerial Tour

84% of travellers recommend
$101
Per adult
Grand City Sightseeing Tour in Vancouver
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Grand City Sightseeing Tour in Vancouver

90% of travellers recommend
$110
Per adult

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