Vancouver's English Bay Beach

British Columbia (BC) Canada

West End personal view by Gregory Melle
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Much of my life has been spent with a short walk from English Bay Beach in Vancouver.

English Bay was named after the meeting of the English Captain Vancouver and the Spaniards Galiano and Valdes in 1792. (The Spanish are remembered with the naming of the bay-side Spanish Banks sand flats).

English Bay south about 1969, Vancouver BC English Bay north about 1969, Vancouver BC

At one time there many homes along the sea side of Beach Avenue between Stanley Park and Sunset Beach. At English Bay itself there two large bath houses and a dance pavilion at the end of a wooden pier.
One bath house -- which once contained a public aquarium -- was removed in the sixties. Another is used for washrooms and lifeguard facilities. The final beachside building -- Englesea Lodge apartments -- was torn down in the eighties. The remains of the pier can still be seen at low tide.

English Bay Beach about 1970, Vancouver BC English Bay and Englesea Lodge, Vancouver BC English Bay Beach slide, Vancouver BC

From 1968 to 1970 I delivered the afternoon Vancouver Sun newspaper. I had more than a 100 customers in the north side of the three blocks between Denman Street and Stanley Park. In those days I spent many hours hanging out on the beach with friends.

Greg English Bay Beach 1970, Vancouver BC Bob at English Bay Beach 1971, Vancouver BC English Bay Beach friends 1970, Vancouver BC

The first beach to the west is named Second Beach. That would make English Bay to be First Beach but it is rarely called that name.

Heron bird Stanley Park, Vancouver BC Second Beach Pool, Vancouver BC

Vancouver has had some great fireworks events. The best views are from English Bay and Kitsiliano Beach.

summer fireworks, Vancouver BC English Bay fireworks and Vancouver BC English Bay fireworks Vancouver fireworks West End fireworks, Vancouver BC


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