"Khahtsahlanough" the Squamish chief after who Kitsilano was named in 1905 and Sam Greer who became the first non-native settler in 1882 would be proud of the fact that Kitsilano has the distinction of being the second most recognized neighborhood in Canada. The boundaries of Kitsilano streche from the English Bay waterfront to 26th ave and from Burrard to Alma Street.
Kitsilano is perfection, as you stroll along the beach surrounded by spectacular views of the mountains, lush greenery, and breathing bracing sea air. The air positively crackles with exuberance on 4th Ave. where shopping aficionados check out clothing stores, home decoration and kitchen boutiques.
Restaurants and coffee shops abound. If it's a taste of old Mexico that is wanted: "Las Margueritas" has it. If getting wicked is the thing, Hell's Kitchen is the place. For the adepts of treating one's body as a temple (to keep it beach beautiful, no doubt) Caper's is the destination.
Fine examples of architecture are seen everywhere from the luxury estates close to the beach to fine examples of Craftsman’s style, Tudor hybrids, Edwardian style Arts and Crafts style and pre World War I tall houses. Several of these heritage homes have been restored and painted in their original colors through the Vancouver Foundation "True colors" Program making Kits one of the best heritage areas in the city. The feel of gentility remains with the low-rise condo buildings, townhouses, and duplexes appealing to both the young and the more mature buyers.
The family oriented, have a vast choice of schools for all ages. For parents, day spas and aromatherapies, specialty wine stores and creative florists, classical music and books.
For family outings: The Kit’s branch of the Vancouver Public Library is the oldest branch of the province opened in 1927. The Totem Pole outside the Maritime museum (carved by Mungo Martin) is a replica of the one given to Queen Elizabeth II in 1967 at that time it was the tallest totem pole in the world. Inside the museum families can climb aboard a beautifully preserved boat used by the Mounties. (Who knew that the Mounties were also seafaring?)
Kitsilano has managed to keep the feel of a beautiful, self contained, lovingly kept small. The fact that it is situated just minutes from the downtown core is just an added bonus.