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English Bay Beach

Beach Ave. | West End, Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 1Y9, Canada (Downtown)
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Ranked #43 of 149 Attractions in Vancouver
Type: Beaches, Outdoors
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Owner description: Conveniently located near downtown, this beach is a popular place for sunbathing.

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Lovely view of North Vancouver across bay, wide tree-lined and separate paths for pedestrians and cyclists. Very popular for sunset photography.

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Vancouver, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

It's downtown and central to most things in the area, which makes it popular. It is also quite a nice place to watch the sunset, but other than that there's not much else to rave about. The sand is dirty and littered with cigarette butts and other trash, the water quality is severely lacking. I don't mind walking along this... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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1,131 reviews 1,131 reviews
715 attraction reviews
540 helpful votes 540 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Really nothing special at all apart from making a good spot from which to watch the sunset. Sand is dirty and dark in colour, water could be cleaner.

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Tucson, Arizona
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162 attraction reviews
495 helpful votes 495 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Anyone visiting Vancouver's West End generally ends up at this beach, if only for a few minutes to look around. Its urban location at the edge of Stanley Park makes it a favorite spot for city dwellers and visitors alike. The beach offers grass and sand; and I often sprawl on the grass for a while after walking the portion... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
36 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

I was so amazed by all the people that were just lazing around, sure it was Sunday afternoon but they all looked so relaxed sitting on the grass, some were sleeping, others were playing in the water while others were enjoying a family picnic in the shade of those marvelous trees. So make yourself a picnic and head here from... More

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69 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The water is cold year round, brown and filthy. The sand is not much better. The view, however, is lovely and its location in downtown makes bringing a picnic easy. In summer time there is a cool retro water slide made of steel instead of PVC. Great sunsets.

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014 via mobile

What a nice place!! A wonderful environment with be most beautiful sunshine I have ever seen! Save time to walk around and enjoy the spirit!

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Vancouver, Canada
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23 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

English Bay is a very busy beach, and not just in the Summer. My visiting friends from out-of-town are always surprised to find such a place so close to downtown. Food vendors abound and very nice sit-down restaurants are just across the road. Caution: crossing Beach Avenue can be tricky when there are high volumes of both cars and pedestrians.

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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I knew what to expect from looking it up beforehand but still could not believe just how close to all the high-rise buildings this beach really is. It's great being able to walk from all the excitement of downtown straight across the road and onto the beach and what a beautiful beach it is. Definitely worth a visit

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Rescue, Ca.
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55 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The ultimate big city beach. Close to many great restaurants and bars. Within walking distance to Stanley Park and Kitsilano Beach. Clean and civilized like Canada herself!

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