Kitsilano (close to downtown)
British Columbia - Canada
Kitsilano is the nearest community to downtown that is not part of the downtown peninsula. Just across the Burrard Street Bridge it is the only community that has several Vancouver attractions for visitors and tourists. Vibrant, busy, multi-generational, it has many attractive elements that make it a favourite for residents and businesses. Easy access to downtown and Granville Island with a wide mix of housing options keep it constantly a top choice amongst the local Vancouver population.
The name Kitsilano relates to 'Xats'alanexw', a first nation (Squamish) chief. The popular name for this area is "Kits". This neighborhood is home to many young families, fitness studios, food markets, cafes, niche businesses (especially related to outdoor activities) and a large part of Vancouver's Greek community.
Geography - Location and area
Kitsilano is bordered to the north by two beaches, Kitsilano Beach and Jericho Beach on the shores of English Bay and extends south to 16th Avenue. It is bordered on the east by Burrard Street and on the west by Alma Street.
In addition to its residential areas and beaches, Kitsilano is home to two distinct commercial strips with shops, restaurants and other services. The first is along West 4th Avenue between Burrard and Balsam Streets, while the other, sometimes known as West Kitsilano, is located along West Broadway between Larch and Blenheim Streets
Population and Social Demographics
Kitsilano probably has the greatest population mix of all communities in Vancouver. The population range is made up of single young adults, (including students, professionals, entrepreneurs), lots of families with young children, empty nesters, and a large number of seniors.
Commercial Business Demographics
Kitsilano has several distinct commercial/business areas with shops, restaurants and other services. West 4th Avenue between Burrard and Balsam Streets and then a few blocks east of Alma. West Broadway between Larch and Blenheim Streets and also a few blocks east of Alma. There are several other interesting pockets of shopping opportunities including just west of the Kits entrance to the Burrard Street Bridge, and an area of several blocks across from popular Kits Beach and Park.
Services - Education - Health - Recreation
Health issues are well covered in Kits for people and pets. many clinics (dentists, doctors and vets) can be found amongst the commercial areas mentionted previously. St. Paul's Hospital and VGH are a few minutes away by car.
There are many elementary schools and several high schools within or in proximity to Kits. In addition Community centres provide educational and recreational opportunities for young and old.
Kitsilano is rich in recreational diversity and opportunity. The best known is very popular Kits Beach and Park (the place to see and be seen amongst young adults). Nearby is Vanier Park frequented by walkers, runners, kiteflyers (the place the fly kites in Vancouver). Throughout Kits are many small parks for relaxation, some with playgronds or tennis courts.
Transit services include a large number of main bus lines with frequent service that connect easily with all parts of Vancouver (downtown, skytrain / Expo Line / Millenium Line/ Canada Line), UBC. Included are several community shuttles.
Kisilano visitor and tourist attractions
Kits Beach and Park
Vanier Park includes the Planetarium, the Space Museum
the astronomical observatory and the City of Vancouver archives
the Maritime Museum, and the Coast Guard station.
It must also be noted that Granville Island is just
a walk away (10-30 minutes) from a large part of Kits
Kisilano special events
The annual Vancouver Children's Festival at Vanier Park
"Bard on the Beach", a very popular outdoor Shakespeare festival
also at Vanier Park
Vancouver Folk Music Festival at Jericho Beach Park
Greek Days festival along several block of West Broadway Street
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