Whether you’re looking to relax by the water or have a day out at the beach, West Vancouver has beaches to fit your mood. There are a number of beaches in the area, each with its own character and charm.
Located on the shores of English Bay in Vancouver, Kitsilano “Kits” Beach is the most popular sandy beach in Metro Vancouver. It is a favourite among locals and tourists alike. With white sand, a broad seawall and access to the ocean, it is one of the city’s most popular spots for sunbathing.
Kits Beach has lifeguards on duty from late May to early September. It also has volleyball courts, a basketball court and a playground. There are a number of concession stands, food vendors, and a watersports center. During summer, concerts are held at the Showboat Stage.
There are also tennis courts and an outdoor saltwater pool. The pool is operated by the Vancouver Park Board and is open from May to September.
Kitsilano Beach is a popular hangout for athletes, people watching, and families. It’s close to trendy bars and restaurants, and has a wide range of culinary treats.
This beach offers great views of the North Shore mountains. It is the northernmost beach in the chain of beaches along the west coast of Vancouver.
Located in Vancouver, Jericho Beach is one of the most popular beaches for people to visit. It has some great views of Howe Sound, Stanley Park, and the West Vancouver skyline. This beach is ideal for swimming and sunbathing. The best time to visit is during the summer, especially during the warm months of June and July.
The beach is a good place to picnic. There is a concession stand at the beach which is operated by the Vancouver Parks and Recreation Board. It offers hot and cold food, as well as standard concession items. There are also restrooms at regular intervals.
The beach is located on the south shore of Burrard Inlet. There is a pier that provides a nice view of freighters in the harbor. There are also plenty of places to build sandcastles. This is a very popular spot to go for a picnic. There are also kayaking tours provided by the Ecomarine Paddlesport Centre.
The eastern side of the beach has a lot of activities, including beach volleyball and swimming. There are also tennis courts.
Spanish Banks Beach
Located on Northwest Marine Drive, Spanish Banks is one of the most popular beaches in Vancouver. It offers excellent views of the mountains and city skyline. This beach is a great place for water sports and a good location to watch a sunset. It is also a great place for family activities.
Although Spanish Banks Beach is not the best place to swim, it is still a nice place to play in the water. It has a lifeguard station and a beach wheelchair for visitors who are disabled.
The water here is warm and shallow. It is a perfect spot for kite flying on windy days. It is also a great spot for volleyball games. The courts are first come, first served, and are lifeguarded during the summer.
You can get to Spanish Banks Beach by car or public transportation. There are several bus routes that service the area. The #14 is the closest bus to the beach. If you prefer to walk or cycle to the beach, there are several bike rental companies close to Stanley Park.
Located on the North Shore of Vancouver, Ambleside Beach is a beautiful place to visit. Ambleside is a waterfront area that is popular with locals and visitors alike. It is a lively area that hosts many activities and festivals. It is home to a large number of artists and innovators who are a part of the creative community.
Ambleside Beach is a great place for families to enjoy. It offers a large sandy beach with many water activities. There are also plenty of activities for people of all ages. Ambleside is known for its vibrant waterfront parks and the unique shops and restaurants that are found along Marine Drive.
Ambleside is also home to one of the largest off-leash dog parks in Vancouver. There are also fishing boats that will take you out on the ocean. This beach is a great place to see a wide variety of animals. You can watch crabs and other marine life in the waters.
Ambleside is also home to the Hollyburn Sailing Club, which has been in operation since 1963. The club is a non-powered boating organization that provides a safe and supportive environment for children and adults to learn the art of sailing. They offer a range of programs, including adult sailing lessons and race team training.
Located in West Vancouver, Dundarave Beach has been around since summer 1921. It is a quaint and cosy seaside village with plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes. This is a great destination for a day of fun with the family.
The waterfront has a scenic view of the Lions Gate Bridge. It is also a good place to watch fireworks in the summer. There is an outdoor playground, picnic area, wading pool and an area for sightseeing. The park is also home to a concession stand. The beach is a little rocky, so bring your water shoes if you’re planning to play.
The seawall runs along the entire waterfront, from Dundarave to Ambleside. The walk is 30 minutes one way. The seawall is mostly unobstructed, and has some areas that are canine-friendly.
The beaches are rocky and sandy at different times of the year, depending on the tide. The sand area is smaller at high tide. During the summer, there is lifeguard service on the beach. The beach is not as popular as other locations in the West End, but there are plenty of people to see.
Kelvin Grove Beach Park
Located on the eastern shore of Howe Sound, the Village of Lions Bay, West Vancouver is a small residential area that boasts remarkable views of the ocean. The town is easily accessible by bike or car and is part of the TransLink public transit network.
The area has several waterfront locations. Georgia Straight Beach is a popular spot for swimming and cliff jumping. Marjorie Meadows beach is also an option. It features a dog-friendly beach and dog bags.
Kelvin Grove Beach & Marine Park is also one of the area’s best beaches. It offers natural beaches, rocky coral reefs, and clear blue waters. There is an off-leash dog area and a community garden. There is also a forklift/trailer launch and restrooms.
The water quality in this area is good, although local officials prefer no divers on their fine beach. The area is also home to many public parks. There are two bus routes. The 262 runs an hourly service to the town. There is also a Park and Ride location on the highway off ramp.
Located on Marine Drive, Sandy Cove is one of West Vancouver’s lesser known beaches. It is a small, sandy beach that offers great swimming and views. It is located on the waterfront and is close to local shops.
You can access the beach by driving along Marine Drive and following Rose Crescent. The beach access trail is not fenced.
The sand is very sandy and is a good spot to take young kids to play. There is also a grassy area behind the beach. It is a great spot for parents to read a book or watch the kids.
This is a very quaint and private beach. Fortunately there is little parking. You can access the park by walking from the beach. The park is very popular with locals. There is a resident seal that lives in the water.
The sand at Sandy Cove is ideal for small children to play. The best time to visit the beach is during low tide. The size of the beach area diminishes greatly during high tide.
Located near the University of British Columbia, Wreck Beach is a popular clothing optional beach. It offers a unique experience and is a great day trip. The beach also features great views of the North Arm of the Fraser River.
The area around Wreck Beach is easily accessible by car, bus, or train. The beach is part of the Pacific Spirit Regional Park. It is located on the west side of the UBC peninsula.
Wreck Beach is a pristine beach with many unique ecosystems to observe. The tide can often restrict access to the beach. Occasionally large logs will wash ashore. However, the ocean waves at Wreck Beach are usually not too dangerous.
The Wreck Beach Preservation Society has worked to preserve this natural beach. The organization also promotes body acceptance and nudity. The beach is free and is open from 8 am to sunset.
Although this beach is a popular destination, there are rules to follow. Never take photos of other people on the beach. If you do, direct your camera away from the crowd.
Among many other things, David A. Grantham is a contributing author to UmassExtension West Vancouver Blo. He is a renowned expert on real estate in BC.
Born in North Vancouver, Louisiana, Dr. Grantham grew up in Lower Lonsdale. He then went on to complete his business degree at the University British Columbia. As of this writing, Grantham has completed over 100 projects, including the development of a high rise building in Vancouver.
He is a husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He was a dedicated outdoorsman and enjoyed sports such as hunting, fishing, scuba diving, and snow skiing. His wife, Alison Grantham, and their two daughters survived him. He is survived by his wife Alison Martin Grantham and two daughters.