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Beaches in Vancouver



Of all the beaches in Vancouver English Bay which is sometimes also called First Beach is the most popular.


the beach at English Bay

The beach here at English Bay is the one where thousands of people descend every summer to see the firework competition. It's also one of the very best spots to enjoy a romantic sunset.

English Bay runs along the seawall and into Stanley Park where there's two more beaches known as Second Beach and Third Beach.

At Second Beach there's an outdoor heated pool which is nice because the ocean is on the cool side. You can also barbeque here and there's a concession stand and washrooms as well as a lifeguard on duty.

Second used to be a pool that was filled with water from the ocean when the tide came in. The water would be held by gates for a week and then it would be let out and filled again at the next high tide.

The pool is now fresh water because of new health regulations.

Third Beach Vancouver

Vancouver isn't particularly known for being sandy but the one here at Third Beach actually is sandy.

With the Stanley Park rain forest behind it this little secret spot is away from the noise and it lovely spot to spend the day and then enjoy a beautiful sunset.

You can have a barbeque here and there's a lifeguard on duty here. Before you start your barbeque, just make sure there isn't a fire ban on during the really dry times in the city. You are after all in a forest in the middle of a major city... (how cool is that!)

The other beaches in Vancouver are Spanish Banks which has three distinct areas, Locarno, Jericho, Kitsilano and Sunset. These beaches are also oceanside and there is also an inland beach at Trout Lake.

We also have a famous nude beach in Vancouver called Wreck Beach which is out by the University.

In total there are about 11 miles (18 Kilometers) of beach in and around Vancouver.




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