Explore Vancouver’s Beaches This Summer

A woman walking on a log at Spanish Banks Beach in Vancouver

Spanish Banks Beach. Photo: Destination Vancouver/Hubert Kang

One of the best parts of summer in Vancouver is beach season. With stretches of sand downtown, on remote coastlines, and everything in between, there’s a beach for everyone.

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Explore Vancouver’s Beaches This Summer

Hit the Beach for the Honda Celebration of Light’s Fireworks Competition in English Bay

Photo: Honda Celebration of Light

One of Vancouver’s favourite family-friendly summer traditions, the 31st annual Honda Celebration of Light (HCOL), returns to English Bay Beach for three nights of fireworks extravaganzas as teams from Australia, Mexico, and the Philippines compete this year for the most dazzling pyrotechnic display lighting up the sky.

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Hit the Beach for the Honda Celebration of Light’s Fireworks Competition in English Bay

10 Places to Ride Waterslides Around Vancouver

Waterslides silhouetted against blue sky

Photo: Jaee Kim/Unsplash

From community pools to mega waterparks there are tons of waterslides around Vancouver for both family-friendly and adrenaline-pumping summer fun.

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10 Places to Ride Waterslides Around Vancouver

Best Vancouver Area Beaches for Families, Dog Lovers, Kayakers, and More

Lifeguard at Third Beach in Vancouver

Lifeguard at Third Beach. Photo: Kate Milford

It can be tough to choose which beach to visit in the Vancouver area. But there’s a beach for everyone. Here are our picks for the best beaches for families, dogs, swimming, kayaking, volleyball, and lots more.

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Best Vancouver Area Beaches for Families, Dog Lovers, Kayakers, and More

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

Plunge into 2019 at the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim

Plunge into 2019 by taking an invigorating dip in English Bay at Vancouver’s Polar Bear Swim on January 1st! One of Vancouver’s most beloved holiday season traditions, the Polar Bear Swim Club is in its 99th year, and is a fun (and free!) way to ring in the New Year.

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Plunge into 2019 at the Vancouver Polar Bear Swim

Life’s a Beach with Chair and Umbrella Rentals at English Bay

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Image courtesy of Vancouver Beach Company

With the amazing weather in Vancouver lately, the best place to spend these long, hot days is next to the water. Beach bums in Vancouver know that one of the hottest spots in town is English Bay Beach.

A water slide and huge raft, beachside fish n’ chips, and non-stop people watching entertainment, English Bay Beach is the place to be in the summer. But, when you’re spending a day at the beach – usually you have to lug down a bunch of chairs, an umbrella, and a huge cooler with you.

Until now! There’s a new crew in Vancouver that’s working to upgrade your beach game in a big way… The Vancouver Beach Company has partnered with the Vancouver Parks Board to provide rental options for chairs/loungers and beach umbrellas for those who want to park themselves at the beach without having to deal with the extra baggage that usually comes with it.

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Life’s a Beach with Chair and Umbrella Rentals at English Bay