Explore a Different Beach in Vancouver Each Weekend
With nine public beaches – eight by the ocean, one by a freshwater lake – it is possible to explore a different beach in Vancouver each weekend of the summer and never hit the same one twice. We think that is pretty cool, and probably what makes Vancouver one of the most attractive and livable cities in Canada and the world
The combined 18 km of beach against a backdrop of mountains gives residents and visitors a breathtaking setting for their summer activities. Whether you are swimming, sunbathing, playing beach volleyball, soccer or just picnicking with friends, there is no better way to do it than here. And, with restrictions in water-usage, going to an expensive water park just doesn't make sense when you have natural water features at your doorstep.
Lifeguards are on duty from Victoria Day until Labour Day from 11:30am to 8:30pm (11:30am to 9:00pm from mid-June until mid-August). Children under 8 must be supervised by an adults, and dogs are welcome in off-leash areas only.
Check out these nine Vancouver beaches:
Where: Beach Ave between Gilford St and Bidwell St on the Stanley Park Seawall system
What: Amenities including a concession, Cactus Club Cafe, washrooms, kayak rentals and storage, swimming raft with large slide, two volleyball courts, summer lifeguards, a beach wheelchair for persons with physical disabilities, and pay parking.
Where: Jericho Beach on the north side of Jericho Park at the west end of Point Grey Rd between Wallace St and Discovery Street
What: Jericho Beach has a concession, playing fields, tennis courts, picnic tables, Jericho Sailing Centre, swimming raft, summer lifeguards, a beach wheelchair for persons with physical disabilities, and pay parking.
Where: Cornwall Ave at the north end of Yew Street
What: The Seawall runs alongside the beach and Kitsilano Pool is at the west side. The beach offers a concession, Boathouse restaurant, washrooms, tennis courts, basketball courts, playground, swimming raft, summer lifeguards, and pay parking.
Where: West side of Jericho Park on Northwest Marine Drive between Discovery St and Tolmie Street
What: Amenities include washrooms, picnic tables, swimming raft, a concession, free parking, and summer lifeguards.
Where: Stanley Park seawall at Stanley Park Drive and North Lagoon Drive
What: Outdoor pool, a concession, washrooms, playground, picnic shelter, summer lifeguards, and pay parking. Designated "quiet" beach (no amplified sound).
Where: Stanley Park seawall at Stanley Park Dr and North Lagoon Dr
What: Three distinct beach sections each with free parking, summer lifeguards, and allowing barbeques. Spanish Banks East and West have a concession, washrooms, and picnic tables. Spanish Banks West is a designated "quiet" beach (no amplified sound) and also has a dog off-leash area. Spanish Banks Extension has a dog off-leash area.
Where: The mouth of False Creek on Beach Avenue between Bute Street and Thurlow Street
What: Designated "quiet" beach (no amplified sound). Sunset Beach has a concession, washrooms, pay parking, summer lifeguards, and a volleyball court.
Where: Stanley Park Seawall system at Ferguson Point
What: A naturally sandy beach surrounded by trees perfect for quiet sunbathing, picnics, and sunset watching the beach has a concession, washrooms, summer lifeguards, and pay parking. Barbeques are allowed.
Where: South end of Trout Lake in John Hendry Park at Victoria Drive and East 19th Avenue
What: Swimming raft, play fields, concession, washrooms, picnic area, summer lifeguards, dog off-leash area (north end of lake), and free parking.