Vancouver’s Kitsilano Neighbourhood

Transient students and singles come and go, but a strong core of long-time residents
still anchors in

Kitsilano
('Kits' to the locals), one of the city's liveliest and most desirable
established neighbourhoods. Overlooking the classic Vancouver skyline of sea, Stanley
Park and the North Shore mountains from Cornwall Street, this area was once the
counter-culture capital of the region and is now home to many of those hippies who
grew up to enter middle-management. It's now a comfortable, liberal paradise of
well-heeled vegetarians.

Kitsilano Beach, Vanier Park (home to both the
Vancouver Children's
Festival
and the Bard
on the Beach
Shakespeare Festival), as well as Vancouver's largest outdoor pool
are big summer draws.

spacecentreVanier
park is also home to the Vancouver
Museum
, the

Maritime Museum
and the

H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
.

Fourth Avenue is the major shopping thoroughfare, combining the area's hippie
and yuppie roots with a range of great independent stores to browse and eclectic
coffee shops to while away a rainy afternoon. Broadway runs parallel to the area's
southern edge, offering mainstream chain stores, restaurants and fast-food joints.

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