Kitsilano is a neighborhood located to the west of Downtown Vancouver. It is especially popular with young families and individuals who tend to reside in the multi-unit apartment buildings. It was a very popular area for the counterculture in the 1960s and 1970s, and earned the distinction of being the place where all of the hippies congregated. This could not last long with skyrocketing housing prices and an overall gentrification project that has seen the area changed significantly, although it maintains its eclectic charm. The Kitsilano Pool, which is the longest pool in Canada, the beaches, the Kitsilano restaurants, and the wide selection of boutiques and specialty shops makes this one of the most alluring areas in the entire city.
If you are considering staying in Kitsilano on your next trip to Vancouver, you should know that you have a number of options at your disposal when it comes to accommodations. It is possible to find a Kitsilano bed and breakfast, boutique hotel, hotel, or even just a room for rent. You will want to do your planning in advance, however, as this is one of the most expensive parts of town for lodging prices. The prices of the accommodations, especially Kitsilano hotels, tend to reflect the high cost of living in these exclusive parts of the city. This is why it may be the best idea to look for a modest accommodation, such as a quaint Kitsilano bed and breakfast. Booked far enough in advance, staying at a bed and breakfast can ease the strain on your budget in a city that is already pricey enough.
The Kitsilano Pool is the only heated, saltwater pool in Canada. It is the length of nearly three Olympic-sized swimming pools and is divided up into three different sections, making it possible for families with small children to swim safely away from the more aggressive water sports and activities going on elsewhere. The stunning views of the North Shore Mountains, the English Bay, and the beaches of Kitsilano will make you want to return again and again to this impressive destination. Vancouver is one of the few cities where you can enjoy so much of what the city has to offer while also being ensconced in beautiful mountains and surrounded by the sea. The Kitsilano Pool is impressive and worth seeing if you are staying in this area.
If hitting the beach is more your scene, your bases are also covered in Kitsilano. The neighborhood is bordered by Kitsilano Beach and Jericho Beach. At both locations you will find a variety of water sports and activities, as well as fun places to have a refreshing beverage and a bite to eat. There are also two strips in Kitsilano where you will find the vast majority of shopping in the area. West Broadway and West Fourth Avenue are widely considered to be the best spots for shopping and there are also a nice selection of restaurants and bars.
Whether you choose a Kitsilano bed and breakfast or hotel, you are sure to have an excellent time in this part of the city.