20 Vancouver Area Beaches to Visit This Summer

Lifeguard at Third Beach in Vancouver

Lifeguard at Third Beach. Photo: Kate Milford

As the weather starts to warm up and summer approaches, it’s time to hit the beach. Vancouver has lots of sandy shores to choose from including lots on the Pacific Ocean and a few on freshwater lakes. Here’s our list of 20 Vancouver area beaches to visit this summer.

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20 Vancouver Area Beaches to Visit This Summer

10 Outdoorsy Things to Do Around Vancouver This Victoria Day Long Weekend

A runner on the seawall in Stanley Park

Photo: Tourism Vancouver / Nelson Mouellic

Since we will all be staying close to home this Victoria Day weekend, it’s the perfect time to play outside. Use our picks for the best outdoorsy things to do around Vancouver to plan your long weekend adventures.

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10 Outdoorsy Things to Do Around Vancouver This Victoria Day Long Weekend

6 Things to Do at Belcarra Regional Park

Pier at Belcarra Regional Park at sunset

Pier at Belcarra Picnic Area at sunset. Photo: Belcarra Regional Park

With views of the mountains, lots of hiking trails, and both freshwater and saltwater beaches, Belcarra Regional Park has lots to offer. It’s a great nature getaway, but it isn’t far from the city. Here are our picks for the best things to do at Belcarra Regional Park near Port Moody.

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6 Things to Do at Belcarra Regional Park

February’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Jug Island Beach

Jug Island in Belcarra Park near Vancouver

The view of Jug Island from Jug Island Beach. Photo: HappiestOutdoors.ca

This short and easy hike in the Belcarra neighbourhood follows a peninsula before emerging at a remote beach. The trail stays in the beautiful and mossy temperate rainforest the entire way, making it a great destination for a rainy or cloudy February day. A viewpoint in the middle and the beach at the end give you a close-up look at the coastline, a rarity on Vancouver’s mountain-dominated hikes.

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February’s Vancouver Hike of the Month: Jug Island Beach

5 Vancouver Hikes You Can Get to on Public Transit

Photo credit: Grouse Mountain

In Vancouver, nature is all around us, so you don’t have to travel far to go for a hike. In fact, it’s so easy to go hiking that you don’t even need a car! There are lots of Vancouver hikes you can get to on public transit. Here are a few of my favourites.

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5 Vancouver Hikes You Can Get to on Public Transit

10 Places Near Vancouver to Picnic in Nature

A group having a picnic at Third Beach in Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC

Sunset picnic at Third Beach in Stanley Park. Photo credit: Tourism Vancouver / Hubert Kang

On hot summer days, there’s nothing better than a picnic. In a city like Vancouver surrounded by mountains and ocean, you can go beyond neighbourhood parks and enjoy your picnic in nature. So pack your blankets and picnic baskets, then head out to one of these 10 great picnic destinations near Vancouver.

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10 Places Near Vancouver to Picnic in Nature

Vancouver’s Hidden Waterholes: Exploring Jug Island Beach

Photo credit: ebbandflo_pomomama | Flickr

Photo credit: ebbandflo_pomomama | Flickr

When the weather heats up in Vancouver, the city’s beaches fill up fast.  On hot days, finding a spare square of sand to lay your towel can be a challenge at downtown hotspots like English Bay, Third Beach or Kits Beach.

Thankfully, however, there are a few hidden waterholes left in Metro Vancouver, places where you can enjoy a refreshing dip without the crowds.  But you have to know where to look.

One of the best may be in Belcarra Regional Park, an 11,000-hectare park located on the northeastern edge of the Burrard Inlet.  If you’ve ever been to the North Shore community of Deep Cove, you’ve probably seen the vast forests of Belcarra beckoning from the opposite shore of Indian Arm.

Over the weekend, I decided to finally seek them out.  The park is a bit of a trek from downtown Vancouver, requiring a 45-minute drive east to Port Moody and then some backtracking to the tiny community of Belcarra.  But it’s worth the trip. Continue reading:
Vancouver’s Hidden Waterholes: Exploring Jug Island Beach