Vancouver beaches are some of the best in the world, boasting soft sand, thrilling mountain-and-city vistas, and lots of chances for outdoor sports and adventure.
Located in the West End on the edge of Stanley Park (and along the Seawall), English Bay Beach is the epitome of an urban beach: luscious sand and sunbathers on one side of the street, restaurants and shops (along Denman) on the other.
English Bay Beach is the perfect spot to watch the annual Celebration of Light International Fireworks Competition, too!
Our version of Venice Beach, Kits Beach is the most "glamorous" of Vancouver's beaches. While it boasts scenery as gorgeous as the other beaches on this list, the real eye candy here is on the sand: the beach-goers themselves, pretty young people who come here to see and be seen.
Kits is family friendly, too, and great for swimmers: the waves are calm, and the beach's park includes the awesome Kits Pool.
Every Vancouverite's favourite beach, Spanish Banks stretches along the west coast of Vancouver, far from the hubbub of the city's urban beaches. Perfect for family barbecues, letting the dog run free, and taking long walks, this beloved beach is best in the morning and early afternoon, when low tide lets you walk far out to sea.
Home to the Jericho Sailing Centre--a great spot for a cheap lunch with an amazing view--and Jericho Park, this beautiful beach is ideal for sailing, walking and biking along the park's pathways, and playing tennis. It's the perfect place for a sunset stroll.
Jericho Beach is also the venue for July's annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
5. Wreck Beach
Considered by many to be one of the best clothing-optional beaches in the world, Wreck Beach is another spot truly loved by locals. Well-known for its hippie-esque, anything-goes vibe, Wreck Beach is also famous for its raw, natural beauty. Go early; late-afternoon's high tides put most of the beach under water.