In a city nicknamed “Raincouver” it’s no wonder that the locals know how to make the most of these blessed sunny days.
Spending entire evenings on various beaches, living it up on the city’s patios, and feasting on picnic lunches are only a few of the ways to stay in the sunshine… while it lasts.
But there’s nothing like an al fresco BBQ to really celebrate summer in Vancouver.
There are many parks and beaches around Vancouver that are the perfect place for firing up the grill.
So leave those baloney sandwiches behind for your next Vancouver picnic by heading to one of these BBQ-friendly spots—your friends (and stomach) will thank you.
Please keep in mind of the city’s policies and guidelines for safe BBQing, and that BBQs are currently prohibited in all parks and beaches within the North Shore municipalities.
Where: 8181 Barnet Road, Burnaby
A great place to relax far out of the way from the bustle of the city, Barnet Marine Park is surrounded by trees, water, and the beautiful Burnaby Mountain.
Where: 4783 NW Marine Drive, Vancouver
One of Vancouver’s favourite beaches can also become your new favourite picnic area. BBQs are permitted in the Spanish Banks extension, which includes an off-leash dog area and a great place to watch the kiteboarders in action.
Where: 4445 NW Marine Dr, Vancouver
Locarno Beach is a designated quiet beach beside Spanish Banks – meaning you’ll be free from that random boombox guy while you enjoy your BBQ meal. The beach has a hot coal disposable pit so it’s good to go for some summertime grilling.
Where: 6875 Yew St, Vancouver
An excellent place to gather the friends for a feast, as Maple grove Park offers two BBQs right on site. Just make sure the party isn’t too large… You’ll need a permit for anything over 25 people.
Where: 5955 Ross St, Vancouver
Memorial South Park also offers its own BBQs for public use, and you can gather a group of 49 people before needing a permit at this one. Just make sure that the picnic area hasn’t already been reserved for the day and time you’re planning. A great place to watch some baseball, soccer, tennis, or whatever else is happening on the park’s many fields.
Where: 3201 New Brighton Rd, Vancouver
Take a break from grilling to splash in the pool or walk along the beach. New Brighton Park is a great, hidden away area by the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge, and has five picnic tables for all your friends to gather at.