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English Bay (First) Beach

This is the downtown core's most populated beach attractive to people of all ages. Vancouver's first self-proclaimed lifeguard, Joe Fortes, resided here in a beachside shack just after the turn of the 20th Century, protecting and teaching the beginning swimmer. The present bathhouse built in 1932 replaced an earlier more ornate structure put up in the early 1900s. Many private homes and hotels once blocked access to English Bay before the Park Board made it a long-term objective to purchase private properties and remove any obstacle for the public's enjoyment of the waterfront.

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Jericho Beach

Known for its naturally sandy beaches this park combines high activity choices with naturally treed copses and ponds. Before the arrival of European settlers this area was home to a native village called Ee'yullmough. Later in the 1860s a logging camp under the auspices of Jeremiah Rogers took hold here. Known as "Jerry's Cove", the name evolved into the now familiar "Jericho".

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Sunset Beach

Positioned at the mouth of False Creek, Sunset is a less populated jewel of a sandy spit close to the West End and the Downtown South/Yaletown neighbourhoods. In 1941, in a convoluted land exchange, the deed to Sunset Beach was turned over to the Park Board under a 99-year lease with the Provincial Government. Today, well behaved dogs will find an off-leash area to the south of the nearby Vancouver Aquatic Centre, which opened in 1974 replacing the Crystal Pool.

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Locarno Beach

This is a lovely sandy beach with stands of tall evergreen trees located nearby to cool users on the sunniest days. Locarno has been designated a quiet beach for the pleasure of those seeking only the sounds of nature.

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Kitsilano Beach

Definitely a happening place geared for the younger set (teens to thirties) with a lovely outlook spanning from open bay, to North Shore mountains to Stanley Park. There are lots of activities here with something for everyone.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Canada Place Ship Terminal – East Berth
Vancouver, British Columbia

Citipark – Canada Place Parking
Box 85, 999 Canada Place Parking Level 1
Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3C1
•    Citipark is conveniently located underneath Canada Place, on the harbor front of downtown Vancouver.
•    $20.00 per day (Canadian).
•    Forms of payment: MasterCard; Visa; Traveler's Checks (Canadian); Canadian Funds only.
•    For information and to call in advance to reserve your space: 1-866 856-8080 or www.canadaplaceparking.ca

Directions (from US/Canada border)
•    Cross the Canadian border via I-5 North.
•    After crossing the border, you will be on Highway 99 North.
•    Continue on Highway 99 North for approximately 30 minutes to the Oak Street Bridge.
•    Continue straight off the bridge and follow Oak Street to Broadway and turn left.
•    Follow Broadway for eight blocks and turn right onto Granville Street.
•    Continue down Granville Street and over the Granville Bridge and take the Seymour Street Exit off the bridge.
•    Continue ten blocks to the foot of Seymour Street and turn left onto Cordova Street.
•    Turn right onto Howe Street and the Canada Place parking facility is on your right hand side.

•    Rates vary depending on vehicle size. A rate calculator can be found on the website.
•    Reservations are recommended and can be made on the website or by calling the 800 number.
•    Forms of payment: MasterCard; Visa; American Express; Traveler's Checks (Canadian).
•    For information and to call in advance to reserve your space: 1-800 665-0050 or www.cruisepark.com

Directions from the South
•    I-5 turns into Highway 99 at the Canadian border
•    Drive north on Highway 99 for approximately 30 minutes
•    Go over the Oak Street Bridge
•    Take exit 41A (Marine Drive East) off the bridge
•    Follow Marine Drive to Main Street and turn left
•    Follow Main Street all the way to the end (approximately 20 minutes)
•    Go over the overpass and turn right at the stop sign (Waterfront Road)
•    Proceed to Cruisepark’s parking lot on right hand side.

Directions from the East
•    Take exit 26 (Hastings Street) off Highway 1
•    Turn left at traffic light and drive west for approximately 15 minutes.
•    Turn right on Main Street and follow it all the way to the end
•    Go over the overpass and turn right at the stop sign (Waterfront Road)
•    Proceed to Cruisepark’s parking lot on right hand side.


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