First Beach is 1 of the 10 sandy beaches spanning a total of 18 kilometres (11 mi.) located on the coastline of English Bay in the City of Vancouver. It is one of many beaches located on Vancouver's Seawall (recreation pathway) and it is one of three sandy beaches located on the 8.8 kilometre stretch of the Seawall which explores Vancouver's premier downtown park - Stanley Park.
First Beach has a long history of beach activity. During the late 1800s and early 1900s the beach was a major gathering destination for events and social gatherings. At the time First Beach was the site of one of the premier bathhouses during that period.
Today, First Beach includes many of the services important to travelers when visiting a beach. There is a concession food and drink vendor, washrooms, change rooms, day use picnic area nearby and a lifeguard on duty between the months of May to September.
Some of the activities enjoyed at the beach include swimming, kayaking, canoeing, sunbathing and volleyball. Kayak rentals and storage units are available on site, as well as, there are two sand volleyball courts and a children's waterslide.