Yes, it’s the best park in the city. No, nothing comes close. If anything, Vancouverites take it for granted.
It doesn’t have the tourist attention of English, the summer crowds of Kits, the pure beach vibes of Spanish Banks. And it doesn’t matter — Sunset is great.
It’s so populated by tourists, and so beloved by people in the West End, that there’s always a vibrant energy to it — a great historic beach with atmosphere galore. It’s also, objectively, the least essential of all Vancouver’s major beaches.
Amazingly (or maybe not, given property values), Nelson Park is the only inland park between Stanley Park and Chinatown that’s a full city block large.
Before there were stadiums, before there were rock concerts, before there were even radios, people gathered at Alexandra Park to hear the music play.
Your love for the park will depend a fair bit on how much you enjoy quaint homes from the 1910s.
Once you’ve taken a picture though, the value of the park quickly diminishes — it’s a small space with some flags and a couple grassy pitches, but English Bay is right next door.
There is easily more benches and tables than the other miniparks, making it more inviting to sit and let the time go by.
At the intersection of Pacific Street and Beach Avenue in the West End sits an elongated traffic median that facilitates the effective merging of the streets, but amusingly is also its own park.
The Jervis and Burnaby minipark is innocuous, but it has a number of nice benches, some pleasant overhanging trees, and on a sunny day a view of English Bay.