Three Vancouver beaches where you can hit the water and a beautiful brunch spot in one outing.

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During a Vancouver getaway, there are two things you don’t want to miss — the city’s beautiful beaches and its delicious cuisine. Luckily, it’s easy to do both in the same outing.

Check out three of the city’s best beaches, then head to a nearby brunch spot to sip on a mimosa while taking in a fantastic view.

Second Beach

Stanley Park is a sprawling urban oasis that will make you forget you’re in a city. At 1,000 square acres, it’s easy to spend hours exploring the park — but one spot that shouldn’t be missed is Second Beach. Great for kids, there’s a playground nearby. Wade into the ocean, or hit warmer waters at the outdoor swimming pool, which is open from May through September. The massive heated pool has separate spaces for families and lap swimmers.

The Teahouse at Stanley Park.
The Teahouse at Stanley Park.

The Teahouse in Stanley Park

Mimosa or bloody mary in hand, enjoy a view of Second Beach at The Teahouse, also located in Stanley Park. The restaurant specializes in seafood and traditional Canadian fare. Belgian waffles, steak and eggs, lobster tail benedict, and the shrimp and scallion omelet are customer favorites. Eat inside and take in the classic décor, or request patio seating — it’s heated, so outdoor dining is an option all year round. Brunch served Saturday and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

The heated, saltwater Kitsilano Pool at Kitsilano  Beach. (Tourism Vancouver/ Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce)
The heated, saltwater Kitsilano Pool at Kitsilano Beach. (Tourism Vancouver/ Kitsilano Chamber of Commerce)

Kitsilano “Kits” Beach

Often referred to as the “Venice Beach” of Canada, 20-somethings flock to Kits Beach during the summer months. A favorite among locals, the beach features tennis and basketball courts and a playground for the kiddos. When the water is too chilly, don’t fret — simply head over to the heated, saltwater Kitsilano Pool.

The Boathouse Restaurant Kitsilano has panoramic views. (The Boathouse Restaurant)
The Boathouse Restaurant Kitsilano has panoramic views. (The Boathouse Restaurant)

The Boathouse Restaurant

Located right on the Kits Beach waterfront, The Boathouse Restaurant offers stunning panoramic views. The brunch menu features seafood-heavy traditional fare — try the crab cake eggs benedict, the crab and shrimp omelet, or the West Coast smoked salmon hash. There are also vegetarian omelets for diners who love waterfront views but aren’t enthusiastic about seafood. Brunch served Saturday and Sundays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

 

English Bay Beach has a view of the city skyline. (Tourism Vancouver/ Clayton Perry)
English Bay Beach has a view of the city skyline. (Tourism Vancouver/ Clayton Perry)

English Bay Beach

Also located in Stanley Park, English Bay Beach is perfect for people who like to stay active during their beach days. It’s a favorite among beachgoers who are looking for a spot to swimming, rent a kayak, bike along the the east side of the beach, or play volleyball at one of the beach’s two sand courts. English Bay Beach has a more urban feel than other Vancouver beaches and it boasts fantastic views of the city’s architecture.

The light-filled interior of the Beach Bay Café on English Bay Beach. (Beach Bay Café)
The light-filled interior of the Beach Bay Café on English Bay Beach. (Beach Bay Café)

Beach Bay Café

Just a few blocks from English Bay Beach, Beach Bay Café is designed so patrons can take in beach views whether they’re inside or on the patio. Brunch enthusiasts can’t go wrong with the restaurant’s signature dish: beach bay benedict (poached eggs on sourdough with hollandaise sauce). Other delectable, locally sourced brunch options are the smoked cheddar omelet, the smoked salmon sandwich and the yogurt parfait with homemade jam. Brunch served Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.