5 Reasons to Live in Kitsilano


Kitsilano is known for being a lively and eco-friendly beachside community. At any given time of year, a person can easily get lost in the culture of Kitsilano while exploring the many activities in the neighbourhood. This is one of the reasons that makes it a prime location to live. Anyone looking for an active lifestyle will definitely find it in Kitsilano. Here are our 5 top reasons to live in this family-friendly city.

  1. The Beach

(Multi-)Million dollar view


Do we really need to say more? The activities at Kitsilano Beach can fill up more than just an entire day. Aside from swimming in the ocean and sun-tanning along the shore, you could also spend a morning walking along the seaside seawall, enjoy an afternoon of beach volleyball, and then dig into the menu at the Boathouse for dinner.

  1. Shopping

Tourists come from all over the world to experience the cherry blossom lines streets


Kitsilano’s West 4th Avenue is where it’s at when it comes to shopping in Vancouver. With around 250 unique stores, Kitsilano boasts a great range of lifestyle, fashion, specialty, outdoor, and food businesses, you can easily find yourself losing track of time wondering the shops.

  1. Integration of Nature with Urban Life

Seamless transition from concrete to green


Even though Kitsilano is a city in the heart of Vancouver, access to nature is as easy as stepping out into your backyard. Looking out across the ocean at Stanley Park and West Vancouver with the North Shore Mountains as a backdrop, you’ll have trouble finding a more picturesque view than from Kitsilano beach. Besides the view, stepping into nature isn’t hard as there are an abundance of parks and gardens to visit that’ll give you a moment away from the busy city life. Many of these parks even offer off-leash areas for pet owners so they can allow their dogs to run around freely and play.


If you have an afternoon to spare, challenge yourself to the Kitsilano Nature Tree Walk

  1. Healthy Living

The maverick in athleisure


If there’s one thing Vancouverites are passionate about, it’s their healthy living. We love to feel good about our bodies. There are plenty of local farmer’s markets and organic restaurants to make eating the right kinds of food easy. You also have plenty of options of fitness programs to choose from and is even the birthplace of the world renowned yoga brand Lululemon Athletica.

  1. Art and Culture

Rain or shine, the show must go on

 

If you haven’t been to a summer festival in Kitsilano, then you’re really missing out. The annual Shakespearean festival Bard on the Beach is especially worth going to. Kitsilano also has a number of other great family-friendly attractions, such as the Vancouver Maritime Museum, the Museum of Vancouver, and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre


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Kitsilano trees: Can you find them all?

A nature walk through Kits

If there’s one thing Vancouverite’s are proud of, it’s their easy access to nature. There are so many places to visit where you can step away from the busy city streets and enter a world of natural beauty. The best part about it is that you don’t even have to walk far from your front porch.


You might not know this, but Kitsilano is home to some of the more interesting trees in Vancouver and with the great weather we’ve been having, it would be a waste not to take the opportunity to find these hidden treasures.


Beautiful Kitsilano


The Natural Beauty of Kitsilano


Kitsilano is a very plant loving community and you just need to walk down the tree-lined streets to see that. And thanks to a friendly community member, you can even follow along with a ready-made map that takes you through the city to find the most gorgeous trees in the neighbourhood. You can actually download and print the free map at http://www.kitstreemap.com.


What makes this urban route different than one of B.C.’s many forest trails is that you wouldn’t get nearly as much diversity. With so many different species and range of colours, you will be astounded by what you’ll come across among Kitsilano’s urban trees and community gardens.


Just to give you a little taste of what you’re in for, here are two of the amazing trees you could come across on your nature walk through Kitsilano.


Japanese Zelkova

As seen in New York


This tree is native to Japan, Korea, eastern China and Taiwan and is often grown as a piece of decoration for the garden.


Where can you find this tree?


This tree is sits above the Maritime Museum along the footpath off of Cornwall Avenue.


Weeping Willow

Similar tree not in Kitsilano

 

The weeping willow originally came from China, however, it can now be found throughout the northern hemisphere. The tree came by its name as it was described as having “raindrops that are falling to the ground from the drooping branches of willow resemble tears.”


Where can you find this tree?


Follow the path through Kitsilano Beach and as you approach the central beach area, you will come across this magnificent tree.



Visit to the Outdoors


Nature is such an important part of our community. Many schools and daycares have even introduced outdoor programs to help enrich the education of students through exposure to nature.


Even if you’re not up for a long walk, you can find nature just sitting on the patio at what could be a new favourite restaurant and coffee shop. But if you do have a day to spare, we recommend you definitely challenge yourself to the Kitsilano tree walk.


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