There is something about Kitsilano that makes you want to throw on some active wear, hop on a paddle board, kayak, yoga mat, spinning bike or rollerblades and work hard to earn the delectable brunch waiting for you at a local restaurant. Centrally located and yet relatively residential, the proximity to the beach and dabbling of red-brick French immersion schools gives this hippie-turned-yuppie enclave its slightly upscale, relaxed, and sporty vibe. The streets may seem quiet, but that’s only because everyone is one block up, competing for a prime view of the city and Stanley Park from the Local’s patio, or setting up their volleyball nets down on the shore for a casual drop-in session.
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