The Kitsilano neighbourhood is one of the prime home-buying destinations in Vancouver because of its ideal location on the south shore of English Bay. Only about 7.5 kilometres of road travel to the west of the city’s downtown district, the 5.46-square-kilometre area of Kitsilano is home to some 45,000 residents.
Named after Squamish chief August Jack Khatsahlano and nicknamed “Kits” by locals, this neighbourhood is truly a delightful place to live in. Kitsilano boasts 17 parks, featuring six playgrounds and the popular Kitsilano Beach Park.
The beach park is known for Kitsilano Pool, an outdoor saltwater public pool right by the beach. Also nearby is a franchise restaurant and the open-air amphitheatre Kitsilano Showboat. Opened in 1935, this event venue provides free music and dance performances amidst inspiring ocean and mountain views.
Vanier Park, accessible from Burrard Bridge, is another large waterfront greenspace in Kitsilano. This park offers some of the top family-friendly attractions in Vancouver, such as the Museum of Vancouver, H.R. MacMillan Space Centre, and the Vancouver Maritime Museum. The Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is also held annually from June to September at Vanier Park.
Kitsilano is mostly a residential area, with most of the neighbourhood’s commercial activity along West 4th Avenue and West Broadway where retail stores and restaurants abound.
The West 4th Avenue corridor is particularly popular for its stores selling fashionable clothes, outdoor gear, and yoga wear. The famed global yoga brand, lululemon athletica, notably originated from a Kitsilano-based entrepreneur, a reminder of the 1960s when Kitsilano was known as Vancouver’s hippy hangout.
This hip character of Kitsilano remains today in West 4th Avenue’s The Naam, reputed as Vancouver’s oldest vegetarian restaurant. Patrons troop to this 24-hour restaurant for its farm-to-table servings of healthy, organic food like yam fries with miso gravy. Fine dining venues with plenty of multicultural options are also available along West 4th.
On West Broadway, Mediterranean cuisine dominates the restaurants’ menu, as many of Vancouver’s Greek immigrants originally settled in this part of Kitsilano. A night out in the neighbourhood can be as fulfilling in the bars and restaurants on the waterfront along Yew Street and Cornwall. The atmosphere here is casual and the offerings of wine of cocktails have excellent seafood choices to match.