English Bay

English Bay is known as one of Vancouver’s most diverse communities. Located at downtown’s west end, English Bay is where the fun action of Davie and Denman Streets meets. English Bay is also a popular location for outdoor sports and activities like running, jogging, in line skating, walking around the seawall and so much more. English Bay also features gift shops, bookstores, specialty shops, cosmetic retailers, and an eclectic fusion of eateries and culinary arts to match every clientele. A few of the city’s best dine in restaurants are also found in English Bay.

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The beach has always been a famous attraction in the city. It was in the year 1898 when people started to build cottages near the seashores to make themselves rest houses for the summer. The neighbourhood got its name from the meeting of Captain Vancouver and the Spanish captains Galiano and Valdes in the year 1972. In the early 20th century, English Bay was the home of the city’s first ever lifeguard, Joe Fortes, who taught thousands of residents how to swim.

Geographical Location

The English Bay neighbourhood is actually a sub area of the west end of Vancouver, Canada. Though it has not been formally defined, it is commonly used in the metro to refer the residential and shopping areas located at the intersection of Davie and Denman Streets. The Vancouver seawall stretches to the English Bay from Stanley Park going northeast to False Creek, facing the Strait of Georgia.

Recreation and Entertainment

Located right at the west end of Vancouver’s residential neighbourhood, the English Bay Beach is one of the most popular shorelines for swimming, sunset watching, and sunbathing in the downtown area. There are a few downtown beaches fronting the English Bay such as the Second Beach, Third Beach and Sunset Beach. English Bay beaches are popular tourists’ attractions all year long, especially during the warm hot days of summer. The English Bay beach is also home to a number of public celebrations in town. English Bay is the home of the famous Celebration of Light, a fireworks competition held every summer. It is considered as the biggest off shore fireworks display in the world since its launching in 1997. During the winter season, English Bay is also the host for the city’s annual Polar Bear Swim.

Schools and Transportation

The neighbourhood is the home of the world famous English Bay College and other prestigious institutions in the city. There are also plenty of elementary and secondary schools nearby such as the King George Secondary, St. John’s School, Henry Hudson Elementary School and Kitsilano Secondary School.

While the main streets of the neighbourhood are pretty busy, the side streets are serene, lush, and pedestrian-friendly. There are only a few households in the community that use cards or public transit. Most of the residents prefer taking a walk or ride the bike. A lot of people are looking for a vibrant neighbourhood with a strong sense of community and this is a luxury that can be offered by the English Bay neighbourhood. If you are searching for a vibrant, tolerant community which is close to some of the city’s best amenities and business centres, then English Bay could be perfect for you.

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