Frolicking and Picnicking on Kitsilano Beach in Vancouver, B.C.
Snow-capped mountains and the downtown skyline compose the prototypical Pacific Northwest view at Kitsilano Beach. College students, 20- and 30-somethings, and couples with young children visit Kitsilano to swim at the huge community saltwater pool, picnic on the grass, or get sweaty over jogging, volleyball, frisbee, and soccer. Its shores are lined by Cornwall Avenue and Arbutus Street, which boast eclectically designed and charming properties that evoke the charm and relaxed living of waterfront towns like Pacific Grove, California. If it's overcast, the crowd is sparse, the playground swings hang still, and the sound of waves lull you in peace, but if the sun is out, all of Vancouver flocks here. While sitting on a log or sprawling on the sand, you absorb the urban and natural elements fusing to create the beauty—and pulse—of British Columbia.