This sandy expanse near Stanley Park in the West End neighborhood is one of Vancouver’s most popular downtown beaches. Also called First Beach, it offers easy access to the Seawall, which runs along the beach’s eastern edge. Kayaking and paddleboarding are favorite activities here, in addition to the usual swimming, splashing and sunbathing. There’s even two sand-volleyball courts and a swimming raft with a slide. The disabled can rent a beach wheelchair on-site.