Kitsilano is Vancouver's cool and trendy beach-side community. Kitsilano is called "Kits" by the locals, and it's the neighbourhood where Vancouver's young people dream of moving to, where many students end up sharing apartments, where yuppies drink their tall, non-fat soy lates along the seawall, where 20-somethings play beach volleyball in the evening, where trendsetters stroll along West 4th Avenue and where skateboarders and snowboarders cruise all the local skate shops.
Of course, this is only one aspect to Kits. Kits is also quite wealthy, and some homes have cliff-side property with million dollar views. All the streets in Kits are lined with trees, and the homes all have front and back yards - ideal for when you want to live somewhere with a garden. Not to mention, the architecture in Kits is quite unique and isn't really found elsewhere in the city, or in the rest of Canada! Most homes have 3 levels including a balcony in the back and a front porch.
Kits Beach is very popular for people-watching. There are some really great pubs just across the street, or if caffeine is more your fancy, go to the local Starbucks. Sure, they're evil. But eveyone goes there nevertheless... and the irony is that Kits used to be home to Vancouver's hippies in the 1960's.
The boundary of Kits could be said to be between Burrard Street to the east and Macdonald to the west, from 16th Ave to the south, all the way north to Kits beach, however, West 4th and Yew is definitely the heart of Kitsilano - a major shopping area with great cafes, grocery stores and restaurants.
Whether you're wanting to shop at the boutiques or eat at the many great restaurants along West 4th or Broadway, or whether you just want to stroll the beach, Kits is a really fun neighbouhood to explore.
If you're in Vancouver, make sure you take some time out to walk along the beaches around the harbour.
My favourite beach is Kits beach, located in the area of Kitsilano.. You'll know you're at Kits beach when you see the long stretch of sand, and the huge outdoor swimming pool.
Fondest memory: I flew back from Ottawa to spend my birthday in Vancouver last April. Ottawa was covered in snow, but it was +15C in Vancouver. I met up with some friends on Kits beach, and played frisbee for a few hours.
Vancouver has one of the prettiest skylines in all of the cities I've been to. While it's amazing by day, I really love viewing it from Kits beach at night.
Fondest memory: Sitting on a bench on Kits beach, looking at Vancouver all lit up, and eating a donair with my friend Bob.
Fondest memory: I remember fondly beachcombing along Kits Beach with my sister in the early 90's. Here you can see the clusters of barnacles and mussels on the rocks on the beach. You can also see the famous Stanley Park in the background, the mountains, and the sailboats in English Bay. Photo Credit: my Dad
Favorite thing: Another great beach to laze the day away is Kits Beach. Because it is not downtown, there are not as many tourists at this place, but it is still very popular. The beach lies along some of the most expensive and exclusive properties in Vancpuver. There are a number of shops and restaurants along the streets beside it, all very hip places to be....definately a place that the 'beautiful' people go....
Favorite thing: check out the beaches in the western side of Vancouver. There's sunset beach & English bay in the West End, and Kitsilano Beach, Jericho Beach & Locarno Beach in the Kitsilano neighbourhood. On a nice summer day, the beaches are nice places to get a good tan and watch people.
Favorite thing: Check out the many beaches- Kits Beach is my fave but Jericho or the Spanish Banks (pictured) are also great, all in the Kitsilano area.