Vancouver beachgoers will once again be allowed to drink at select beaches this summer, following approval by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation to relaunch its Alcohol on Beaches pilot program.

From June 1 to September 30, 2024, adults over the age of 19 will be able to bring and consume alcohol at Kitsilano Beach between the hours of 11am – 9pm.

This year’s program builds on findings from last year’s pilot. While much of the feedback from both the community and staff was largely positive, the City heard of challenges concerning disorderly behaviour at English Bay, and increased levels of garbage at beach sites including Kitsilano Beach.

To address these concerns, City Council has approved the allocation of additional resources and funding towards this summer’s pilot.

This year’s program will see funding for more VPD members and Park Rangers on beaches, including English Bay , and an expanded communications campaign focusing on responsible behaviour when drinking at the beach.

Last modified: May 8, 2024

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