The sun is shining and patio season is upon us, which means we’re all spending a lot more time outdoors in Vancouver. The good news? Beachgoers will once again be able to drink at select beaches across the city this summer, thanks to the Alcohol on Beaches pilot program.

Approved by the City Council on Tuesday, May 7th following a Vancouver Park Board meeting the day before, the program allows beach visitors to consume alcoholic beverages between the hours of 11 am and 9 pm.

According to the City Council, last year’s “disorderly behaviour” at English Bay and “increased levels of garbage at beach sites” have led to a revised program, which includes additional VPD members and Park Rangers.

With that said, from June 1st to September 30th, adults over the age of 10 will be allowed to consume alcohol at the following beaches:

  • Jericho Beach
  • Spanish Banks
  • Locarno Beach
  • Second Beach (Stanley Park)
  • Kitsilano Beach
  • John Hendry / Trout Lake Beach
  • New Brighton Beach

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Note that it’s still illegal to drink at the following beaches this summer:

  • English Bay Beach
  • Sunset Beach Park
  • Third Beach (Stanley Park)
  • CRAB Park Beach
  • Beaches along the Fraser River

On the other hand, the City of Vancouver allows responsible alcohol consumption at 31 parks year-round, and 15 additional parks from July 1st to August 31st.


  • Adanac Park
  • Balaclava Park
  • Burrard View Park
  • Elm Park
  • Fraser River Park
  • Garden Park
  • Granville Park
  • Harbour Green Park
  • Jericho Beach Park
  • John Hendry/Trout Lake Park
  • Jonathan Rogers Park
  • Jones Park
  • Kitsilano Beach Park
  • Langara Park
  • Locarno Beach Park
  • Maple Grove Park
  • McBride Park
  • Memorial West Park
  • New Brighton Park
  • Pandora Park
  • Queen Elizabeth Park
  • Riverfront Park
  • Spanish Banks Beach Park
  • Stanley Park (Lumberman’s Arch)
  • Stanley Park (Southwest and Second Beach)
  • Sunrise Park
  • Tatlow Park
  • Vanier Park
  • Victoria Park
  • Volunteer Park
  • Woodland Park

July 1st to August 31st:

  • Beaconsfield Park
  • Braemer Park
  • Brewers Park
  • Clinton Park
  • Collingwood Park
  • Columbia Park
  • Falaise Park
  • Memorial South Park
  • Norquay Park
  • Oak Park
  • Quilchena Park
  • Robson Park
  • Ross Park
  • Rupert Park
  • Slocan Park
  • Winona Park

So there you have it, Vancouver! Remember to drink responsibly and leave no trash or waste behind.