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Hanging at the Beach
There is nothing more beautiful then when one is reminded of his/hers proximity to the ocean...I live in an amazing city that is blessed with such vast natural beauty, and to be able to go to the beach, sit on a tree trunk and simply absorb the air, the view, all the sounds...or even dance with the wind...
- Budget Travel
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Water Sports
English Bay Beach
English Bay Beach is one of my favorite places in Vancouver. When I was little, I used to come here with my parents and cousin, and walk around the tide pools picking up starfish.
Unfortunately on this trip, as soon as we got there, it started pouring, so we didn’t get to enjoy the beach.
I know it doesn't look like much in these pictures, but trust me, when the weather is nice, it's a beautiful place, and you can even swim. Despite the bad weather, the beach was still a nice break from the chaos and craziness of downtown. It's also a great place for nature lovers, looking for a bit of wildlife in the city, as there are some nice tide pools during low tide.
English Bay is probably most famous for its spectacular, Canada Day fireworks display.
The laughing statues, which i will write about in another tip, are also in this area, and are worth seeing.
From the beach, it's just a short walk to Stanley Park, and Lost Lagoon.
- Hiking and Walking
One of Vancouver's newest attracions, is "A-maze-ing Laughter", or as most tourists simply call them, "The Laughing Statues."
These 14 bronze statues were created by Chinese artist Yue Minjun, and portray himself, in different states of hysterical laughter.
The statues were placed here on loan in 2009, as part of a temporary exibition, for the 2010 Olympics. After the Olympics, the statues were supposed to be returned to the artist, but the city and its citizens, really wanted to keep them, and they did. In 2012, the Park Board recieved millions of dollars in donation money, so they could purchase them from the artist. The statues were purchased for a price of $1.5 million, and today, they continue to stand at English Bay, and inspire laughter, playfullness, and joy, in all who experience them.
The statues were a bit of a walk, and it took us a while to find them, but we're glad we did. They were really fun.
- Family Travel
- Arts and Culture
Beautiful surroundings. This is the location of the annual Symphony of fire (fireworks competition that goes on july and aug usually for two weeks on wednesdays and saturdays). There is the beach the sea wall, many restuarants green grass or sand to play around in. On a hot day it is a popular location to go and get some sun.
- Adventure Travel
During the Symphony of Fire fireworks competition. There are several private companies offering special dinner cruises to view the spectacle. I think it's better than sitting in sardine city on the beach but is quite expensive!
- Family Travel
Not the best beach in Vancouve but probably the most popular. At sunny weekends the place is heaving with people which makes it great for people watching or cruising which ever you fancy. The bay stretches out to Stanley Park and there are two lanes, one for pedesrians and one for bicycle so be careful or you'll get run over! You find plenty of people trying to make ends meet by playing music or whatever so its quite easy to spend an hour or two here.
- Budget Travel
Walk the seawall
English Bay is beautiful. You can walk, bike or rollerblade around the seawall for gorgeous views of the beaches, ocean and mountains. It takes about 2 hours or so to walk the whole seawall.
On the way grab a smokie. I reccomend the ever so healthy jalepeno, cheese smokie with all the toppings!
You are also minutes away from Stanley Park which is a large, absolutely beautiful park worth taking a Sunday drive through.
~TREE GROWING ON A HIGHRISE~
I just love this building. I mean you are not going to find many trees growing on top of highrises in the world. Someone in the penthouse has a lovely tree and a great view from the terrace.
Walking around English bay
We discovered this place by accident. We were walking around semi lost and I saw water. It looked like if it was warmer this is probably a nice beach.
Vancouver is a city surrounded by water. Here is a picture of English Bay in the harbour. The city has many water side trails ideal for rollerblading, biking or walking around the many scenic sights.
The public beach at downtown Vancouver area which crowded in summer season by sun lovers and also a perfect view site of firework helds every July in town.
- Family Travel
This is a monument on Sunset Beach in West area. This is the symbol of the Eskimo (Inuit) nation, who live in northern BC and other parts in northern Canada.
Grab a log and watch the...
Grab a log and watch the sunset at English Bay. This is easier said than done in summer when countless others have the same idea.
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