Kitsilano

W. 16th Ave. (Burrard St. & Alma St.) Vancouver BC

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A Vancouver institution for swimmers, sun worshippers and joggers.

Relax on Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver

West of Granville Island Kitsilano, a.k.a. Kits. It takes the prize as a fashionable, fun neighborhood whose main shopping thoroughfare, Fourth Avenue, put Kits on the map as Canada's answer to San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury. Since the '60s and '70s, it has become yuppified and now includes trendy clothing boutiques (Lululemon got its start in Vancouver) and home accessory stores as replacements for counterculture coffeehouses and incense dens.

Nearby Kits Beach offers fantastic views of the city and is also a pleasant spot to hang out, watch some basketball or beach volleyball and relax. Kitsilano Pool, at 450 feet long is the largest outdoor saltwater pool in North America, with lanes for serious swimmers plus, a separate section for young splashers. On the south side of the pool you'll find Kitsilano Showboat, a venue for amateur dancing and singing troupes that's been operating every summer since 1935.

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W. 16th Ave. (Burrard St. & Alma St.) Vancouver BC V6K 1B6 Canada

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