Kitsilano runs along the south shore of English Bay and between Point Grey and Grandville Island. The neighbourhood is also known as 'Kits'. It is popular for its beach, Kits Beach, considered one of the top 10 best city beaches in the world with many outdoor fitness facilities available: you can find tennis courts, a beautiful pool, playgrounds, bike lanes and tracks for runners. Actually, Kitsilano offers some of the best running trails and scenery in Vancouver, so It’s not surprising that it’s also home to a huge population of runners and a great selection of stores and running clinics to serve them.
Downtown Vancouver can be seen from different places with the beautiful views of English Bay, Sunset Beach, Burrard Bridge and Stanley Park. Enjoy a variety of sculptures such as the “Gate to the northwest passage” by Alan Hung Chun located in Vanier Park. The steel sculpture installed in 1980 has become a familiar landmark, and is also the entrance to False Creek. The surrounding area is a favourite spot for kite flyers.
The Centennial Totem Pole
The Centennial Totem Pole it’s a 100 feet (30.5 meters) high and represents one foot for each year of the province’s colonial history to 1958. Each of the ten figures is the crest of one of the ten Kwakiwaka’wakw clans representing the mythical ancestry of the clan. Time and weather have deteriorated areas of the pole so it’s been stabilized at the moment.
The H. R. MacMillan Space Centre
The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre is an astronomy museum and a non-profit community resource founded in 1968 at Vanier Park. Its activities and exhibits are trying to inspire and educate about our planet and the Universe. The building was designed in the 1960s and is named for H. R. MacMillan, a British Columbia industrialist and philanthropist.
The Vancouver Maritime Museum
The Vancouver Maritime Museum is located west of False Creek, just before reaching Kitsilano beach. The museum has extensive galleries of model ships, but the main exhibit is the St. Roch, a historic arctic exploration vessel used by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Kitsilano is a good place to live in for its huge variety of shops, theatres, restaurants, supermarkets and basically anything that makes a neighbourhood complete. A perfect choice for those who prefer quiet residential areas, but you can also find busier streets such as the 16th st, Broadway or 4th. If you take a walk through the Vanier Park and Kitsilano Beach, just stop for a coffee or a cake - for example at Benny’s, where you can also enjoy the wooden venue while warming up by the fireplace in winter. There’s no train station, but buses will take you to Downtown in 15 minutes. Come for a visit!
Meet The Photographer: Ricardo Vacas
Ricardo Vacas, owner of the firm Kerp Photography, always showed intense interest in many forms of creative arts. His professional photography career started in his home country, Spain, where he was the official photographer of several music bands, models and clothing brands. He decided to move to Wellington, New Zealand in 2012, knowing his real interest was fashion photography more than any other field. Currently living in Vancouver, Canada, he now combines his fashion, editorial and commercial photography projects with regular trips to Europe and USA.