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Sandy Retreats: Discover the 8 Best Vancouver Beaches for Weekend Bliss

One of Canada’s most ethnically diverse cities, Vancouver is located in Lower Mainland, British Columbia, and has several world-famous beaches. Whether one wants to chase the waves on their surfboard, bask under the golden sun, or escape the hustle-bustle of city life and enjoy the calmness of nature, beaches are the all-in-one package.

1.Best Downtown and West End Beaches in Vancouver

Here are some of the best beaches in Vancouver, from downtown Vancouver and the west end of the city.

1.1 Second Beach Stanley Park

Even if one’s done enjoying all the beach offers, there are still activities to enjoy at Stanley Park. The park consists of historical sites, trails, and gardens that are interesting to visit. Moreover, a few restaurants are also available over here. 

1.2 Sunset Beach

One can view the beautiful Burrard Bridge at the east end of Sunset Beach. The western tip provides another amazing view of the western part of the city. There’s also a large art installation ‘ARCOS’, from the 2007 Vancouver Biennale.

This place has everything to enjoy a casual beach day, like swimming, picnicking, tanning, or even a game of beach volley. It also boasts a free-to-use roller hockey rink that people use for skateboarding and other games. Some other reasons to visit can include watching the sunset, attending the Vancouver Pride, playing sports, and much more.

2 Beaches in British Columbia and West Vancouver

2.1 Jericho Beach

Jericho Beach. Copyright @icycanada.com
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Quite nearby is Jericho Beach Park, which contains amazing biking and walking trails along the water’s edge. With plenty, and yet not too many shops offering ice creams and other refreshments, the journey would be pleasurable.

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There are many options to engage in the activities at the beach.  For starters, Jericho Beach has a lot of sand and is perfect for building sand castles. The cycle route available is beautiful and highly recommended. Just in case someone wants to go to the tennis courts, Jericho is the perfect destination, since it has exactly that!

Along with all the above, it offers the same amenities as the other beaches: paid parking, public washrooms, and lifeguards.

2.2 Spanish Banks Beach

Spanish Beach is also apt for barbeques, family gatherings, and picnics. There is also an off-leash section for dogs to enjoy. Beyond the beach is a grassy area flaunting log benches to sit on and picnic tables. Apart from the beach being swimmable, there are the usual amenities like paid parking and public restrooms.

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Spanish Banks beach. Source: Soubhik Chakrabarti. Copyright @icycanada.com

2.3 Wreck Beach

Being a secluded beach, it behaves more like a community, maintaining cleanliness and ensuring to keep out the creeps. Due to the slightly hard-to-reach status of the beach, it is usually a peaceful and quiet beach during the weekdays. During the weekends, and especially during summer, the crowd increases considerably.

Brown Wooden sticks on the dark grey seashore at Wreck Beach.
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The usual rules of ‘no staring’ and ‘no photos without permission’ obviously apply. Wreck Beach is however a little difficult to reach, as it involves descending (and up, on the way back) around 500 steps.

Swimming is again a popular activity here, although the water can be chilly. Speaking of chilly swims, a Polar Bear swim occurs every year on January 1st, which is an event to look forward to, if one is willing to go for it.

2.4 Ambleside Beach

Having already bagged the title of being a nice beach, Ambleside Beach is perfect for a little stroll while watching ships sail under the Lions Gate Bridge. Concession stands are available to offer refreshments to people, although they adhere to specific timings throughout the year.

The beach is famous for being a host of West Vancouver’s festivals. These festivals span multiple cultures and are a must-see for anyone visiting.

Sunny day at Ambleside beach in North Vancouver, Canada.
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Just like the rest of Vancouver’s beaches, Ambleside also has an off-leash area of the beach, specially made with dogs in mind.

3. Other beaches in Vancouver

3.1 Kitsilano Beach

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Kits beach. Source: Soubhik Chakrabarti. Copyright @icycanada.com

The beach is usually bustling with activities. Beach volleyball, basketball (at courts nearby), and even kids’ playgrounds are open to all. Beyond the “beach” part of the beach, there is an endless supply of cafes available for refreshments. And if one wants to indulge in some shopping, West 4th Avenue and West Broadway are two great places to start.

Apart from this, Kits Beach also has Vancouver’s only saltwater pool. It’s a heated outdoor pool. One of the qualities of a good travel destination is providing things to do beyond the main attraction, and Kits Beach definitely succeeds in that. The Vancouver Maritime Museum, Elsje Point, and Vanier Park are some other attractions. There are also some fine Instagrammable locations one can visit.

3.2 Trout Lake Beach

Although there are car parking lots, it is recommended to arrive at the beach via public transportation, or walking is also a valid option.

The annual Illuminares Lantern Procession is also held at Trout Lake Beach. Along with all that, Trout Lake Beach offers an off-leash area for dogs, along with fields to play on, free parking, barbecue permissions, and swimming rafts. Community festivals, family picnics, and a farmer’s market are other places to engage in.

Conclusion

All the beaches are an invitation to immerse in the calmness and tranquillity of nature.

Whether one seeks to spend some time off their hectic lives, wants to surf the crashing waves, enjoy a game of beach volleyball, or shop at the numerous places each of these destinations provides; beaches in Vancouver are the perfect answer to all of the above.

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  • Arka Ghosh

    A dedicated writer currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science Engineering. With a passion for research and captivating storytelling, Arka specialises in crafting travel articles that provide valuable insights and inspire exploration of the diverse beauty of the world.

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