Things to do in Kitsilano

THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Kitsilano, Vancouver

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  • Thejourneygenie
    Abbotsford, Canada319 contributions
    Our tour guide was fabulous and made the tour interesting. I was glad to be able to see the players' benches and penalty boxes, some luxury suites and other places where the average fan doesn't get to go. As our guide explained, since Covid and the multi-million dollar renovations to the players' dressing rooms, tours aren't allowed in there anymore. However, many other world class teams allow fans in their dressing rooms, so this was VERY disappointing. My friends have visited Chelsea FC in the UK and FC Milan, and both places allow fans in - and I daresay they're as big or bigger a deal than the Vancouver Canucks. The Aquilini family needs to remember who pays for the tickets that fund the arena in the first place, and change their policies to be more fan-friendly. Put down some temporary carpet runners and put up some "rope" to block people from certain areas, but for heaven's sakes, let paying fans see the main place we all want to see!
    Written February 10, 2024
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  • mrandmrslenski
    Shipston on Stour, UK27 contributions
    Went with kids when visiting city, Family Friendly, great pool. Very reasonable. We went 9am each time and there was plenty of room. Chañging rooms available if needed, no food available and floor is concrete when sunbathing - maybe take a chair.
    Written August 20, 2023
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  • breggie
    Asheville, NC855 contributions
    The St Roch ship there (from 1928-54) and it’s history pre WW2 and during, is quite well done and is the icon of the museum. It came here from Halifax to rest when the city bought it, they dry docked it here, then built the A frame museum over and around it. The museum is quite nice, smallish, and worth a visit. In the long run, it’s curating is a bit dated now compared to high end museums with big budgets. We walked from Granville Island, along the water and past the large Vancouver Museum building.
    Written September 21, 2023
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  • C man!
    Atlanta, GA6 contributions
    Nice museum, a little on the small side, but gives excellent insights about the history of the native Americans that used to live and currently do live in the Vancouver area as well as British Columbia as a whole
    Written January 3, 2024
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  • S F
    Ucluelet, Canada777 contributions
    Vanier Park, rooted in original First Nations territory, brings together elements of culture & nature.
    This public green space, located on the ocean, houses the Museum of Vancouver;The Maritime Museum; The Space Centre & The Public Archives, as well as a number of iconic public art pieces.
    In addition, it is where the small ferry picks up and drops off passengers traveling from the West End.
    That is some heavy lifting.
    Thus: People come to Vanier Park for myriad reasons — some to fly a kite.
    Posted by S Fuller
    Written January 15, 2023
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  • EE15
    Bolton557 contributions
    The museum is okay for kids but it’s on the small side and is a little bit basic. Needs a bit of a refresh and some more going on for adults.
    Written October 2, 2022
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  • CVandDC
    Vancouver, Canada157 contributions
    A relaxing experience at Halsa Spa. We did the couples float in an Ocean room. It was a totally relaxing experience, the staff were friendly and explained things clearly. The room and float pool were clean. We had an amazing experience. Thank you Halsa!
    Written May 21, 2023
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  • S F
    Ucluelet, Canada777 contributions
    Hadden Park, in Kitsilano, which adjoins Kits Beach & is close to Vanier Park, is a hidden gem, for humans & their canine companions alike.
    It is not as busy as its neighboring locations.
    And: It has great views & nice logs to sit on while your dog romps around.
    It also attracts those without dogs.
    Posted by S Fuller
    Written January 10, 2023
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  • Stephanie B
    1 contribution
    Mash'Allah! A progressive community of faith dedicated to "walking the walk" of reconciliation and Christ's message to us all. I've attended for 5+ years and can vouch for the community - it's an open-hearted, welcoming church that seeks to let you sit in your questions and faith.
    Written June 1, 2022
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  • Travel47579298907
    1 contribution
    Our Nov. 6th/2023 late afternoon West Jet flight home from Maui was noisier than usual. One baby crying the entire 6 hours, 2 not a peep, 1 off and on. My noise canceling headphones handled it all! Be prepared people. This is the first time that I can remember this much activity. However, all the flight attendants were AMAZING!! Negotiating parents walking the isle of the plane with children & looking after the rest of us! TOP NOTCH! Friendly, offered us drinks, food & checking on us. THANKYOU!!
    Overall despite some turbulence at one point we had a good flight home.
    Written November 22, 2023
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  • getaways
    Maui, HI3,120 contributions
    Very well stocked store with minerals and a few strands of beads. Helpful, casual staff. Have been here before and happy to see them still open
    Written October 16, 2022
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,884 contributions
    In place since 1968, George Norris’ “The Crab” is one of those pieces that makes me think, “where the heck have I been?” After all, this 20-foot high stainless steel crustacean has been guarding the HR MacMillan Centre & Museum of Vancouver for over 50 years, yet I’ve only just seen it now – in 2021 – despite both living in the city (once upon a time) and frequently visiting since. My ignorance as to the existence of this sculpture is all the more remarkable when you realize that notable publications like The Globe & Mail and Miss604 have both declared The Crab to be “one of the most photographed works of art” in the entire Province. Again, where has ol’ PookyCake been? Out of the loop, obviously! Well, that’s why we visit and explore our City of Glass – to uncover and learn more about its grand narrative.

    Now, a bit of context: Despite the fame of The Crab, not many people are aware of the artist. George Norris was a native of BC (born in Victoria) and he’s actually had a plethora of public works in and around Vancouver – many of which you can still visit today (a Google search will help you here). Outside of The Crab, the piece I’m most familiar with by Norris is actually in Victoria – at the Greater Victoria Public Library’s main branch: Dynamic Mobile Steel Sculpture. Why is it, though, that most people are unfamiliar with Norris and his work? Well, he was very much the anti-materialist and typically refused to sign or title his works. Instead, he preferred to leave any and all interpretation up to the viewer. For me, this actually makes sense because when you title something, you inevitably influence how some may choose to “read” it. Hence, why this stainless steel crab sculpture is just . . . The Crab.

    As for the sculpture, it is made of stainless steel and was welded together from separate parts by Gus Lidberg. Situated in the middle of a fountain, The Crab apparently takes inspiration from a Haida legend that told of a crab guarding the entrance to a harbour. This kind of makes sense to me because the crab does function, in some ways, as a guardian in Haida culture. Visit that archipelago and you’ll see a crab prominently displayed as the crest/logo for the SHIP language program, for example. But the Haida connection (or influence) doesn’t stop there. The HR MacMillan Centre was also designed to “reflect the shape of the conical headwear worn by the Haida people.” Okay, that’s cool, but I don’t see it. The building looks much more like a 1960s-era spaceship than it does a woven cedar hat.

    Anyhow, I was glad to finally see Vancouver’s famous “Norris Crab,” as it is also known, in person. I circled it a few times, but still ended up taking mediocre pictures! Oh well. The sculpture itself is quite lovely and Vancouver is all the more uniquely beautiful as a result.
    Written August 5, 2021
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  • travelbudis
    5 contributions
    Thank you Shawn for getting us prepared and ready to go in no time. He's awesome :) I highly recommend trying out waterbiking. It's very easy to pick up and very rewarding. Great for teambuilding and group activity. We also saw some seal and a dolphin!
    Written June 29, 2023
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  • Sharon H
    Vancouver, Canada3 contributions
    Another amazing session with Andy. He is masterful.....watching the way he moves his arms and hands adds to the wonderfulness of the experience. Thanks Andy!
    Written November 28, 2023
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  • PookyCake
    Victoria, Canada13,884 contributions
    Erected in 1980, and located in Vanier Park, Alan Chung Hung’s “Gate to the Northwest Passage” is something of a landmark in the Kitsilano area. It is quite common to see people veer off the Seawall, walk towards the piece, snap a selfie, or photograph the sculpture from a plethora of angles. It really does frame the cityscape and adjacent ocean quite nicely. It is, in effect, a gateway unto the city.

    When Hung’s sculpture was unveiled 41 years ago, it didn’t receive such a warm and affectionate reception. Some in the city called it a “monstrosity” while others likened it to a giant paperclip. In many ways, the mixed reception four decades ago is very much reminiscent of ongoing debates in the city today. The fiery debate over Chen Wenling’s forthcoming “Boy Holding a Shark” is a case in point. The more things change, the more they stay the same, right?

    The sculpture actually brings me back to the days of high school. Its name, “Gate to the Northwest Passage,” makes me think of Social Studies class when we learned about the explorers “discovering” the West Coast of what is now Canada, all while searching for that elusive route to China. The connection isn’t too far off, since Hung created his piece to commemorate the arrival of George Vancouver in Burrard Inlet.

    Whether we choose to view the “Gate to the Northwest Passage” as a giant paperclip, a commemorative piece, or a frame through which to view our City of Glass, we cannot deny that it has a simple yet strangely complex beauty about it. Enjoy it and continue your walk along the Seawall!
    Written August 5, 2021
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