Kitsilano Beach

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Fish-eye view of Kitsilano Beach
Kitsilano Beach with the West End, Stanley Park and the North Shore Mountains in the distance

Kitsilano Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Vancouver, especially in the warm summer months. Located at the north edge of the Kitsilano neighbourhood, the beach faces out onto English Bay (geographical coordinates 49°16′26″N 123°9′18.4″W / 49.27389°N 123.155111°W / 49.27389; -123.155111). The beach is home to the longest swimming pool in Canada, the salt-water outdoor Kitsilano Pool, operated by the Vancouver Park Board and open annually from May to September.

Toward the northern edge of the beach is a playground and a number of beach volleyball courts. In the Squamish language, it is called Xwupxpayʼem, which translates to "having red cedar".

In 2005, the old bath house structure was demolished and in its place a new, modern structure was built featuring the Watermark restaurant on top, boasting an expansive view of the beach and English Bay. Recently the Watermark building was sold to The Boathouse restaurant franchise.

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