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English Bay

1795 Beach Ave, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Basics

Walking or cycling along Stanley Park’s seawall is an essential Vancouver experience, and one of the best ways to see English Bay. Visitors can rent bikes and cycle along the path solo, or dive deeper into Vancouver on guided bike tours that visit other downtown sights. Visitors can also swim at English Bay Beach or Kitsilano Beach, take an exciting Jet Ski ride, kayak, or take a stand-up paddleboard tour around the bay.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Vancouver

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So much fun!
Erynne_L, Aug 2021
English Bay Jet Ski Tour from Vancouver
Great experience! Would definitely recommend and would do again! Amazing breathtaking views that can not be missed! Tour operators were fun and knowledgeable - I could have stayed out there all day!
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Amazing time!
Devon_V, Aug 2021
English Bay Jet Ski Tour from Vancouver
This was an amazing experience and the highlight of my trip! Justin was an amazing tour guide and made sure everyone was safe and had a lot of fun. Was worth the money and I would definitely do it again!
star-5
So much fun
Cheryl_S, Aug 2021
English Bay Jet Ski Tour from Vancouver
The whole experience was amazing and the great guides. This is a must do. We would do it again for sure.
star-5
Scott was awesome!
KeeganandKaylie, Jul 2021
English Bay Jet Ski Tour from Vancouver
It was amazing. Scott is the man and really took great care of us. Personable hospitality and really fun!!
star-5
Amazing tour
Carla_A, Jul 2021
English Bay Jet Ski Tour from Vancouver
Justin and his coworker were the best. The tour was the highlight of our trip. It was so fun. 100% recommended
star-4
Wild experience - a few service tweaks would really help
Joy_M, Aug 2021
English Bay Jet Ski Tour from Vancouver
The experience was wild - no one can be sad on a jet ski! The guides were very knowledgeable at the stop points and there was lots of opportunity to drive fast, take a swim, and take in the experience. My only suggestion is to be more clear at the beginning what the riders can do with their clothes. We wore them down to the dock to pick our wetsuit then had no clue what to do with the clothes. The staff were all in such a rush, we felt confused and unclear and in the way. At the start of the ride, heading out of false creek, we weren't aware that the GPS kept our machine from driving fast and thought we had an e-brake on. Our hand was up for help for 15 minutes and the guides never noticed to come assist us. They promise to help if you have your hand up so please watch your riders!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Public amenities, including restrooms and restaurants can be found at English Bay Beach, Kitsilano Beach, and Stanley Park.

  • Lifeguards are stationed at both English Bay Beach and Kitsilano Beach from late May to early September.

  • Both beaches are equipped with Mobi-Mats (portable pathways that provide access to the sand) and water wheelchairs, which can be booked in advance.

  • The waters of English Bay are suitable for swimming.

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How to Get There

English Bay Beach is situated in the West End neighborhood of Vancouver, adjacent to the downtown area. The No. 6 bus connects Yaletown with English Bay Beach.

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When to Get There

The bay is best explored between May and September when warmer weather facilitates water-based fun. Strolling and cycling along the seawall and the beaches can be enjoyed year-round. For an invigorating winter activity, attend the Polar Beach Swim in January, when thousands of brave swimmers plunge into the cold waters of English Bay.

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Celebration of Light

Every summer, the skies above English Bay explode with light during the annual Celebration of Light fireworks competition. This pyrotechnic spectacle, produced by teams representing different countries, is choreographed to music and launched from offshore barges. Crowds of spectators gather on the waterfront around English Bay to watch the show.

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