Kitsilano. Vancouver at its best. Relaxed, safe, friendly and very walkable with several beaches and close to downtown. Known colloquially as "Kits", the neighborhood is named after Squamish chief August Jack Khatsahlano. Formerly a predominantly Greek neighbourhood it has retained much of its European feel, especially on Broadway with great restaurants, cafes and food stores. Kits also has plenty of retail, on Broadway as well as trendy 4th avenue, ranging from outdoor equipment to high end fashion. Surrounded by spectacular beaches and mountains, Kitsilano is a premier location for its proximity to sports and entertainment activities. Only 2 blocks from a vibrant neighbourhood high street and 10 minutes from downtown theatres, museums, and shops. There are 3 large sandy beaches and a sailing centre only a 15 minute walk away. A bike friendly city with extensive bike transportation lanes, as well as beautiful parks (especially Stanley Park), and gardens. Local mountains provide winter skiing and summer hiking. Spectacular views of city and mountains are free.