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Best Water Sports in Vancouver

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Kitsilano Pool

This outdoor saltwater pool is the only of its kind in the great city of Vancouver. Situated in the Kitsilano neighborhood, locals and visitors alike flock to the beachside summer retreat to cool off. The giant pool features three water slides and is available for birthday parties and other such events. With cafes, restaurants and shops nearby, it's a popular summer destination.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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English Bay Beach

This popular beach is close to everything: cafes, bars, an indoor pool, the vibrant West End and all of downtown. Just blocks away from the daily grind of business, this sandy strip attracts sun-worshipers each sunny day. It is located along the Seawall, so take a picturesque stroll after enjoying the rays. Home of the January Polar Bear Swim and the popular Symphony of Fire fireworks display. Concession stands, changing rooms and showers are available.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Stanley Park

Corraled by the English Bay on one side and the Vancouver Harbour on the other, this stunning stretch of land was declared the city's first public park in 1886. Unlike most city parks, Stanley Park was not laid-out by a landscape architect, but instead, grew organically over the years. The rainforest forms the core of Stanley Park, with trees towering to a height of 76 meters (249 feet) and close to 100 years old, while the seawall hems the park's waterfront. Scattered throughout are monuments, landmarks and public art, as well as gardens with vivid floral displays and totem poles; a tapestry of varied habitats teeming with native wildlife that is held together by a network of trails. The park is also home to attractions like a miniature railway, the Malkin Bowl and the Vancouver Aquarium.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Jericho Beach

This is a large and long sandy stretch with views of the mountains and downtown. It's a great place to take the family for a summertime barbecue or picnic. Located right near the Jericho Youth Hostel, this place is popular but never too crowded. A known spot for sailing, windsurfing and sea kayaking, it offers plenty to do. Find concession stands, change rooms and showers. This is also the site of the annual Vancouver Folk Festival.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Spanish Banks

Possibly the city's least crowded beach, this is a great place to go to appreciate the sea's wonder in peace and quiet. This is a long stretch of clean and sandy waterfront in West Point Grey. It is family-friendly and home to summertime events like a sandcastle competition in late July, beach soccer competition mid August and the Jewish Worldbeat Festival in late August. There are concession stands, changing rooms, showers and grassy areas. Skimmers alert: this is the perfect place for skim boarding once you learn the optimal tidal conditions. Great for swimming and other adventurous water sports such as windsurfing. Lifeguards are assigned for the safety of the visitors and parking is free.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve

This 5,668-hectare (14,005.9-acre) area of dense and gorgeous temperate rain forest lies right outside downtown's northern perimeter. Hike, bike, picnic, or tour this magnificent and accessible reserve for an entire day. Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve is made up of thick forest, alpine meadows, river flood plains, a lake, and a dam; it's used for research, education, demonstration and as a water reserve. Take the kids on an educational walk, or grab a bottle of wine and some food and take your partner for a romantic nap in the woods.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Deep Cove

Take an easy ride by public transit or car to the quaint village of Deep Cove in North Vancouver. The area was first inhabited by the Squamish Salish nation, who settled in the area thousands of years ago. In the 1800s, the English and Spanish used the area as a fishing village and whaling cove. Although it's only 20 minutes from downtown, visitors to Deep Cove will feel as though they have left the hustle and bustle of city life far behind them. Surrounded by mountains and overlooking a tranquil cove, the town is a spectacular setting in which to spend a day. Visitors can enjoy a myriad of activities, including kayaking, hiking, biking, shopping, sampling the offerings of great restaurants, or just relaxing at one of the town's outdoor coffee shops.

North Vancouver, BC, Canada
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Whytecliff Park

With sweeping ocean and island views, this park is a photographer's paradise. Take a picnic basket along and lay down a blanket and enjoy the fresh air. The area's calm waters make it a popular spot for scuba divers. The cobble beach is great for beachcombing, and there are secluded spots among the rocky cliffs for picnics. There are various short, well-worn trails that lead to view points on the cliffs overlooking the Strait of Georgia. Summer weekends are the busiest. It is easily accessible by public transit bus from Downtown.

West Vancouver, BC, Canada
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