You’ll notice that English Bay is full of watercraft on warm summer days. Although many of these people own their boats (or have the money to rent them), there are (somewhat) low cost options to sail, or learn to sail, in Vancouver.
The Jericho Sailing Centre is a public community driven sailing centre with numerous options to either learn to sail (or windsurf or kayak) or to join a club, if you’re staying for the summer. Clubs are an excellent option, because you pay a one-time fee, and get to use the boats as often as you want. Lessons are also reasonable in a club.
The UBC sailing club is the best deal, but unless you are a UBC Student, it is hard to get into (because it is the best deal). Still, expect to pay $600 or more for membership, a wetsuit (mandatory September to May, and suggested all the time) and lessons.
Remember, Sailing Season Starts April 1st – Get Yourself Ready!