Downtown Vancouver flows right into this small oasis of a beachfront, making it the perfect stretch of sand for midday work walks and post-cocktail evening strolls. With only a rollerskate, pedestrian and bike-friendly boardwalk known as the Seawall separating the concrete jungle from the sand, this beach also features some popular spots for waterfront dinners with a view of the English Bay.
Yes, international readers, that title is correct. Vancouver might be one of the biggest cities in Canada, but don’t let the city’s reputation for urban architecture distract you from the excellent beaches it has to offer. Vancouverism may have taken the architectural world by storm, but nature remains king here. What else would you expect from a city delicately nestled between the water and the mountains? The best thing to do in Vancouver? Be outside, in short.
Vancouver’s summers are all mild temperatures and gorgeous scenery, but the short summer window doesn’t give too much time for the beaches. Nobody takes a beach day for granted as a result, and the best beaches in Vancouver can get mighty busy during the warmer days. Of course, the ever-present Canadian contradiction means that they can just as easily be completely deserted, and you might find yourself thanking your lucky stars to have landed in your own slice of heaven. A day at the beach followed by a night on the town? Welcome to Vancouver.