English Bay (first beach)
Beach Avenue at Denman Street
Located in the heart of Downtown Vancouver where you will find many restaurants, bars, and night clubs. A highly populated beach, with visitors and locals of all ages, many come to enjoy the sandy beach, explore the seawall, or watch the sunset. During the summer, English Bay hosts the Festival of Light, an international fireworks contest.
Second & Third Beach
The Beaches are named for where they fall in sequence along the seawall. Second beach, is located in the southwest corner of the park. It is sunnier and busier with an admission fee public pool, called Second Beach Pool. Third Beach is almost a hidden surprise between Ferguson Point and Siwash Rock on the park’s west side, shielding out the city traffic and noise.
West of the Kitsilano neighbourhood in Vancouver
The eastern section of the beach caters to swimmers and the west to sailboats and windsurfers. Jericho Beach Park offers a large grassy area and ponds which makes for a great picnic destination.
On hot summer days, Kits beach is packed with sunbathers and swimmers by the water, volleyball players on the sand, tennis players in the courts, and Frisbee players on the grassy lawn. Families making sand castles, see-and-be-seen hard bodies, flirting teens, quiet sun worshipers-everyone has a spot on Kits beach. And with a cluster of bars and restaurants just across the street, the beach party can continue into the night. The waters are usually calm and Kits Pool, Canada’s longest pool, is part of the beach’s extended park.
4th Avenue and N.W. Marine Drive. Near UBC
Canada’s first and largest clothing-optional beach. Wreck Beach is a wilderness like beach that lies at the base of a cliff with steep trails and over 400 steps downward. An alternative easier route, when the tide is not too high, is the Acadia Beach parking lot. Wreck beach is home to a community of naturalist and nudists who care take the beach.
4707 Northwest Marine Drive, Vancouver
Spanish Banks is comprised of three beaches, located in West Point Grey along the shores of English Bay, between Locarno Beach and UBC. Quiet, Family-friendly, with a long sandy swimmable beach great for walking, swimming, and skim boarding.