Alcohol on Vancouver Beaches Pilot Program

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From June 1 to September 30, 2024, adults over the age of 19 will be able to bring and consume alcohol at select beaches in Vancouver between specific hours.

Alcohol in Vancouver Parks Beaches

This year’s program builds on findings from last year’s pilot. Among the positive feedback, some challenges arose concerning disorderly behaviour at English Bay, and increased levels of garbage at beach sites including Kitsilano Beach.

To address these concerns, City Council 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.

Between 11:00am and 9:00pm

  • Jericho Beach
  • Spanish Banks
  • Locarno Beach
  • Second Beach (Stanley Park)
  • Kitsilano Beach
  • John Hendry / Trout Lake Beach
  • New Brighton Beach
  • English Bay Beach
  • Sunset Beach Park
  • Third Beach (Stanley Park)
  • CRAB Park Beach
  • Beaches along the Fraser River

When consuming beverages in parks and beaches (alcoholic or not), do not bring any glass bottles or containers, and instead bring cans, reusable and/or plastic or paper-based containers.

Following this summer’s pilot relaunch, staff will review data and feedback to determine if legal alcohol consumption on Vancouver’s beaches can be rolled out in the future on a permanent basis, or if further analysis is needed.

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