Beach Profile: Spanish Banks

Well, the weather outside might not look it, but summer is officially here. In my books, that means beach time! Beach #2 to be featured in my Beach Profiles is one of my personal favourites, Spanish Banks!

What: Spanish Banks. Technically divided into Spanish Banks East, West, and “Extension”, my favourite spot is West.

Where: Close to the University of British Columbia, off Northwest Marine Drive, from Sasamat Street and west!

Who: Due to its proximity to UBC, Spanish Banks is almost as popular as Wreck Beach with students. With plenty of space on the sand and grass, as well as off-leash and BBQ areas, its also a popular spot with families. However, the biggest draw for many here is the expanse of sand at low-tide, which draws skimboarders from all over the city.

Why: Spanish Banks has a laid-back vibe for those who just want to chill out, but enough to do to keep excitable children engaged. Dog-owners will dig the pet-friendly spaces, and everyone will enjoy the entertainment-factor of skimboarders (a sport where success is determined by not wiping out – at least not too hard), whether they’re brave enough to try or not. The view of the downtown skyline (backed by mountains, natch) also gets top marks.

Keep the beach comments coming!

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