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English Bay

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Address: Denman and Davie Sts., Vancouver, British Columbia V6G 1Y9, Canada
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

Beautiful vibrant beach that comes alive when it's sunny and warm out....

Beautiful vibrant beach that comes alive when it's sunny and warm out. Various activities such as scuba diving, kayaking and others.

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English Bay one of the best in Vancouver .. natural place with fresh air, absolutely you will be in love with this place ..

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

English Bay one of the best in Vancouver .. natural place with fresh air, absolutely you will be in love with this place ..

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North Lincolnshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's such a wonderful place on a summers evening. Folk just gather there, sitting on seats, logs, grass or sand. Some produce musical instruments, other's dance, most just sit and chat. And the sunsets are spell binding.

Thank Hermitstar
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is so beautiful to walk around and just hang out on a sunny afternoon. Great picnic spot which lovely views of the ocean.

Thank Emily02020
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'd be happy to live in this area and just walk along the beach every morning. Beautiful scenery, especially when the sun is setting. Area is surrounded with restaurants too. I never imagined that there would be a beach in the middle of the city.

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Lethbridge, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Paved pathways line the edge of English Bay with the shoreline down below. There is a bike path and at least two places where you can easily rent a bike. As you get close to Stanley Park, the beach area disappears but until that time there is lots of sandy beach to play and chunks of large driftwood to sit... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is amazing! In a busy city a lovely unspoilt place to stroll, play, picnic, walk the dog what ever,against a picturesq backdrop of the forested hillside of Stanley Park and distant misty mountains. On the horizon ships wait to load/unload yet the water and beach are not polluted. Dotted along the foreshore upmarket bars and a restaurant offer pleasant... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's a nice area to scroll along depending on the weather. If course you can go swimming in the summer, or walk around during other times. Excellent for runners and cyclists, and very pretty friendly.

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Hell, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We spent a lot of time near English Bay on our 2001 trip when we stayed at the Sylvia Hotel. The view and proximity to Stanley Park made it a great area to spend time. Once again we found ourselves by English Bay and enjoyed seeing the beach, sculptures, ships anchored offshore and other people enjoying rare November sunshine. I... More 

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British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We followed on from our walk round Stanly Park and were surprised just how accessible it is from the city. It gives you a real sense of the geography of the coast and how Vancouver is out on a bit of a peninsular.Surrounded by sky scrapers and focused on building you forget how close the water is and how special... More 

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Canmore, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

lots of people watching, boats, pleasant place to walk along the waterfront which connects the various areas of town

Thank mog2012

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A hodgepodge of landscapes, the West End combines verdant gardens and blocky modern architecture, with Victorian bits and Edwardian bobs in between. It is a paradise for takeout food, take-away coffee, and perhaps incongruously, some of Vancouver's most languid lines of beachfront. English Bay and Sunset Beach invite swimmers, strollers, and picnic-lovers to take in dusk settling over the water, or to jog along with the sunrise, offering breathtaking views at any time of day. The West End merges together so many looks and flavors probably because it functions a hub: its the leafy pit-stop between nightlife and entertainment venues along Davie Street, and the shopping paradise that is Robson Street, offering visitors beautiful parkland to rest on, and quick, easy food to re-fuel with in between ventures.
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