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Best Beaches & Parks To Have A BBQ In Vancouver


Nothing quite says summer like firing up a BBQ on the beach or at a park with a bunch of friends.

Vancouver is full of gorgeous sandy beaches and lush parks that serve as the perfect place to spend a summer day.

To make things even better, the City of Vancouver permits the use of BBQs in many of its best parks. They just need to be used appropriately:

  • At least 30 cm (1”) off the ground.
  • On picnic tables with concrete underneath at designated picnic sites.
  • When fire hazard ratings are extreme, the use of charcoal or wood burning BBQs is prohibited even at designated picnic sites, obey posted notices!

Best Beaches & Parks To Have A BBQ In Vancouver


Wreck Beach

Photo: Kyle Pearce/Flickr

If you’ve always wanted to BBQ in the buff, now’s your chance. If you’re a people watcher, just try to pay attention to what you’re grilling before it burns. The private beach is located near UBC.

Kits Beach

Photo: Nick1au/Flickr

Grill up some patties at one of Vancouver’s most popular beaches. You can swim, you can tan, you can throw a Frisbee around. And of course cook up some grub while soaking up the sights. You can also go for a dip at the Kitsilano Pool to top the day off.

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Jericho Beach Park

Photo: Ruth and Dave/Flickr

Nestled just west of Kitsilano, the park is a great spot for a BBQ. There’s a stunning beach, pond area, a tennis court and many places to set up a nice little picnic. It’s also home to the Jericho Sailing Centre. Set sail before your picnic lunch to work up your appetite or go kayaking in the area.

Sunset Beach

Photo: Condradolson / Flickr

The West End beach offers stunning views of the Burrard Street Bridge. It’s also the best spot to catch a sunset (obviously). Therefore, it’s the perfect place to BBQ up some smokies and hang out for the day.

Crab Park

Photo: Peter Hill/Facebook

A hidden gem in Vancouver, Crab Park at Portside is the place to be. The park has a quaint beach with views of the city’s working port, cruise ships, and heliport. Throw all your favourites on the grill and relax by the waterfront.


Cates Park

Photo: Daver/Flickr

Find this park on the North Shore with seaside trails, totem poles, tennis courts, and playgrounds in addition to a picnic area to make a delicious meal.

For more summer activity ideas, check out 6 wondrous places to go “forest bathing” or try night kayaking in Deep Cove.

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