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.
On a clear day, you can get some beautiful views of Vancouver Island, and the nearby mountains.
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.
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.
English Bay in Vancouver is the area where you kind of look over the open sea, to the left you have UBC and to the right you have North and West Vancouver. English Bay Beach, near the city's West End residential neighbourhood, is the most popular sunbathing, swimming, and sunset-watching beach in the downtown Vancouver area. Other downtown beaches facing English Bay include Sunset Beach, Second Beach, and Third Beach. Along the south shore of the bay lie Kitsilano Beach, Jericho Beach, the Spanish Banks beaches, and Locarno Beach, while on the North Shore are Ambleside Beach and various smaller cove-beaches in the city of West Vancouver. English Bay beaches are all great beach to visit all year long, with the peak season being late summer.
English Bay Beach is host to a number of public events. The Celebration of Light is a fireworks competition that is held for two weeks every summer (usually the last week in July and first week in August). While this competition often struggles to secure funding, it has successfully run since 1997 and is the largest off-shore fireworks display in the world. Each winter it is the host of Vancouvers' annual Polar Bear Swim on January 1st and each summer the Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival is held on English Bay Beach.
So, it's a great place to visit and enjoy a walk, sunbathing, a beautiful sunset and more. Close to the beach area are several restaurants, diners, coffee shops and more where you can enjoy a meal with a great view over English Bay.
If you walk along the Seawall counterclockwise, you'll eventually leave Stanley Park and end up in the beautiful English Bay area. Its nice sandy beach is popular with visitors and locals alike, especially for sunbathing during the day and watching sunsets in the evening. English Bay is also part of the lively West End area - Denman St. and Davie St. begin at English Bay, and on both streets you'll find a great variety of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars - should you feel like going out for some Indian, Greek, Italian, French, Asian, Brazilian, African or Mexican food, English Bay is the place to go!
In English Bay you find lots of restaurants, bars, nightclubs. Take a walk along the beach and watch the sunset even you are freezing (as I was when I went in January). During the summer, the beach hosts the Festival of Light, an international fireworks contest which you can't miss! I watched them in my hotel room as the beach gets really crowded.
Well with a name like Sunset Beach State Park I figured i would show you some sunset pictures. Take not of the rocks that are balanced on other rocks. Copious amounts of people fill the park. Young to the old. People were involved in sports, conversation, and just plain old relaxing. It was amazing to soak in the atmosphere. Along the shore there is a bike path that you should take advantage of, especially around dusk.
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Our hotel was right down the street from English Bay. I have to say I was disappointed with this beach. Litter scattered everywhere, bums bumming around ... over all it was not a pleasant experience. I certainly hope it's not always like this as I can see it's full potential.
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...
English Bay is a beautiful beach in the south-western corner of downtown Vancouver's West End neighbourhood. When the weather's sunny and warm, English Bay is a popular area for sun tanning or swimming. Even off season the beach always attracts people enjoying the views. You can always guarantee a beautiful view of the mountains, islands, and water.
In the summer months English Bay often attracts perfoming artists and buskers, from musicians to fire jugglers. Hot dog vendors stay there year round.
The most famous event to take place at English Bay is the HSBC Festival of Light. While it used to be called the Symphony of Fire, the Festival of Light is an annual international fireworks competition that takes place during four nights over English Bay at the end of July and at the beginning of August. The 45 minute fireworks displays are all timed to music. Hundreds of thousands show up at the beach and there's really nothing else like it.
If you're visiting in the winter, English Bay hosts another event - the annual Polar Bear Swim. During the morning of January 1st, hundreds of people arrive at English Bay to go for a brisk swim. Even if you don't plan to get wet, it's always amusing to watch the people, as they're often wearing silly costumes.
English Bay is also one of many stops along downtown Vancouver's seawall. Just to the north-west of English Bay is the entrance to Stanley Park. To the south of English Bay is False Creek, and the ferries over to Granville Island.
The best part about English Bay is that you can access it from downtown Vancouver. If you're staying at a hostel in downtown, you can take a bus, ride your bike, or just plain walk down to English Bay. You're never more than 30 minutes away.
Nearby on English Bay are many cafes and affordable restaurants on Denman Street. If you're looking to go somewhere for an after dinner stroll, or if you want to enjoy a coffee while watching the sunset, English Bay is the place to be.
As in most large cities, you can find plenty of things to keep yourself interested in any month. Summers always seem to have more, but then its usually warm and sunny, and getting out there is much more enjoyable. From visiting Tall Ships, sporting events, concerts, local hikes, festivals...etc.
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.
The great thing about Vancouver is the amount of parks and places to walk (down by the sea wall etc).
You should just head off to each area of interest and stroll around. Everywhere, away from Gastown, felt safe and there were some beautiful places.