Superhero Sighting in White Rock

Photo: Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society

Check your tide chart, grab your sunscreen and plot a course for the intertidal zone at White Rock Beach. There amongst the hermit crabs, barnacles, periwinkles and sea stars, you’ll spot them. Although they may not be wearing capes and masks, these modern day, aspiring scientists are heroes to me. Each summer, the Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society Beach Hero Marine Interpreters offer free guided walks at Crescent Beach and White Rock Beach. Under their expert guidance, the small-scale world found under your feet comes to life.

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Superhero Sighting in White Rock

Kids In Vancouver: 5 Best Beaches To Build Sandcastles

White Rock Beach | Photo: Derek Law (Flickr)

Sandcastle on White Rock Beach | Photo: Derek Law (Flickr)

It doesn’t take much to build the perfect sandcastle. All you need is some soft sand, a healthy splash of water, and something to mold the mud, and you’re all set to build a beachside masterpiece. Add a dose of sunshine and your summertime beach day is complete.

Whether you’re a sculptor extraordinaire, or a sand stomper who prefers to squish the structures between your toes, a trip to one of these 5 best beaches to build sandcastles in Vancouver will have you building your own real estate like a pro.

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Kids In Vancouver: 5 Best Beaches To Build Sandcastles

Dig It – Vancouver’s Love Affair with Beach Volleyball

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Beach Volleyball Tournament at Kits Beach Photo: Rob Weiss

Sunshine, Sand and Bikinis! From Spanish Banks to English Bay you don’t need to look far to find a beach volleyball court in Vancouver. Imagine miles of freshly raked sand, crisply hung nets inviting players to approach the court, and a light ocean breeze keeping the summer temperatures game ready. In a nutshell, that is Vancouver’s beach volleyball scene.

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Beach Volleyball Photo: Rob Weiss

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Dig It – Vancouver’s Love Affair with Beach Volleyball

Winter Walk on Vancouver’s Wreck Beach – Clothing Highly Recommended

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Flickr: Davide Tortora

Wreck Beach, Vancouver’s infamous clothing optional beach is a summer hotspot, but have you considered a winter walk along this iconic stretch of sand? Situated in Pacific Spirit Regional Park below the cliffs of the UBC Endowment Lands, Wreck Beach features 7.8 km of magnificence! Winter is one of my favourite times to explore this natural treasure. The naked sunbathers, musicians, artists, drummers, fast food vendors and crowds are on their winter hiatus leaving ample opportunity to explore and discover this stunning stretch of shoreline.

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Winter Walk on Vancouver’s Wreck Beach – Clothing Highly Recommended

Slow Biking – Kits Beach to Lighthouse Park

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Photo: R. Weiss

Have you heard about the Slow Bicycle Movement?  I would argue it is more of a philosophy than a movement, a celebration of cycling so to speak.  Slow biking is about the journey and not the destination.  An emphasis on enjoying the ride.  The unofficial rules of the Slow Bicycle Movement are simple:

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Slow Biking – Kits Beach to Lighthouse Park

Campfire Project could bring public fire pits to Vancouver beaches

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Image courtesy of JelleS | Flickr.com

A warm glow, toasty marshmallows, crackling wood.. The campfire is the quintessential summer must-have that gathers friends, families, and strangers around a hypnotizing flame. Unfortunately, campfires in Vancouver are largely banned and not allowed on public beaches for a variety of public safety and health issues.

However, three Vancouver residents have started up the Campfire Project, which aims to introduce shared, public fire pits on select Vancouver beaches.

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Campfire Project could bring public fire pits to Vancouver beaches

Vancouver’s nude beach to clean up its act?

Photo courtesy Lauren Kresowaty/niftynotcool.com.

Photo courtesy Lauren Kresowaty/niftynotcool.com.

The upcoming Victoria Day long weekend is traditionally the start of warm summer weather in Vancouver. And one thing that hundreds if not thousands of locals and visitors like to do on this occasion – weather permitting – is flock to Wreck Beach, the clothing-optional destination in Pacific Spirit Park. However, it looks like the carefree lifestyle currently enjoyed on Western Canada’s favourite nude beach is about to change.

The RCMP has announced that, beginning this weekend and continuing through to Labour Day, it’s going to maintain a daily presence – to pitch a tent, as it were – on the beach. So what will they be doing down at the remote location, which is located west of UBC and, fittingly, not far from the Museum of Anthropology? Will they be issuing fines to people who sing Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge”? Or will they be arresting people like the woman who has (allegedly) been selling “boozie boozie freezies” on the beach for the last few years?

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Vancouver’s nude beach to clean up its act?