Vancouver, Canada is recognized for having many beaches that have their very own unique character. Since the Vancouver beaches have their individual ambiance, you can expect to find at least one beach that is most appealing to you.
“The sea has now changed from it’s natural, to river colored water, the probable consequence of some streams falling into the bay, or into the ocean to the north of it, through the low land.” – George Vancouver
If you are looking for more of a family-friendly beach head over to Second Beach.
Third Beach is a naturally sandy beach located at Ferguson Point in Stanley Park. The beach highlights the best of both worlds with the ocean in front and trees behind you.
Known to be one of the most popular beaches in Vancouver, especially during the summertime, Kitsilano ‘Kits’ offers panoramic views of downtown Vancouver.
Kits beach has loads of activities and amenities like tennis courts, basketball courts, playgrounds, swimming rafts, volleyball, windsurfing or skimboarding, even includes a Kitsilano pool if you don’t want to go into the ocean.
West of Vancouver by University Endowment Lands is Wreck Beach also known as a hippie beach. It’s famous for it’s natural and raw beauty with an added element of optional clothing.
In addition, Wreck Beach is accessible to several food vendors near Trail 6. Each shop and restaurant offers beach amenities like towels to goods and drinks, including massages.
Located on the seaside of Kits Beach, Jericho Beach features a pond and contains multiple picnic areas. It offers playing fields, tennis courts, swimming rafts, and close to an international beach hostel called Hi Canada Hostel.
SUNSET BEACH PARK
If you are looking for a peaceful and quieter beach, head over to the Sunset Beach Park. It’s located at the mouth of False Creek by West End and downtown Vancouver.
Though it’s not as popular, it doesn’t mean it’s not beautiful to visit. The Sunset Beach Park is designated quiet beach with the connection to the False Creek Ferry Pier. Here you could also enjoy some volleyball and explore the Vancouver Aquatic Centre.
ENGLISH BAY BEACH
Another popular option from the Vancouver beaches list is English Bay Beach. Unlike the others, it includes a restaurant called Cactus Club Cafe. The beach has washrooms, kayak rentals, swimming raft with a slide, and it’s close to Stanley Park forest.
English Bay Beach, similar to the others, is connected to the Seawall to access quickly.
TROUT LAKE BEACH
Trout Lake Beach looks exactly like how it sounds. The beach features a lake with amenities like playfields, swimming rafts, and if you have a pet, it includes leash-free play areas.
Also, Trout Lake Beach is famous for the Illuminares Lantern Procession when glowing paper lanterns are set free at the Trout Lake at certain times of the year.
SPANISH BANKS BEACH
The Spanish Banks beach is the only one that contains a series of beaches. It’s broken down into the Spanish Bank East, West, and Extension.
Each series has exceptional panoramic views of Vancouver and the beautiful mountains. The beaches are rated the best for picnicking and is a lot quieter compared to the other Vancouver beaches.
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