vancouver beach guide
One of the most incredible things about Vancouver is that not only is it a bustling metropolis just steps from the mountains, but it is also a coastal city, meaning the waterfront views and beach escapes are in abundance.
Wreck Beach, University of British Columbia Campus, Point Grey
At the base of a few hundred wooden steps through the Pacific Spirit Forest at the bottom of the UBC Cliffs sits Wreck Beach, a nudist beach in the summer, a beautiful, cold escape in the winter and an all-year round prime sunset chasing location.
Spanish Banks, Kitsilano
Looking out over Vancouver Harbour on the northern tip of the Kitsilano chunk of Vancouver, sits the gorgeous Spanish Banks. It’s a long stretch of sand that is popular with beachgoers in the summer, but in the winter you can find a peaceful and quiet oasis – fog sometimes included!
Tower Beach, University of British Columbia Campus, Point Grey
Not nearly as populated as it’s neighbour Wreck Beach, Tower Beach is a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of university life. Easily accessible by a set of stairs, Tower Beach is a beautiful place to explore all year round.
White Rock Beach, White Rock
An iconic pier juts out from this southern beach. Across the horizon you can spot the United States. A massive white rock (albeit painted) sits on the beach, the namesake of the town. The strip is bustling with fish’n’chips and ice cream. What more could you want??
Crescent Beach, South Surrey
My favourite thing about Crescent Beach is that just around the corner from the main part of is a beach-park by the name of Blackie Spit. There’s a sailing club and a shallow, roped-off area for swimming as well as a small pier, popular for crabbing and pier-jumping. Altogether, it’s one of my favourite places to swim in, especially at sunset, when it literally feels like you are swimming in sunlight, as the water droplets glisten all around you.
Iona Beach, Richmond
Right behind YVR International Airport sits a peaceful and relatively untouched place. Popular with birdwatchers and plane spotters, this is one of my favourite places to catch a good sunset.