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

17 Vancouver Area Parks with Outdoor Fitness Equipment

Outdoor fitness equipment at Hastings Park in Vancouver

Outdoor fitness equipment at Hastings Park in Vancouver. Photo: City of Vancouver/Twitter

Want to work out for free while enjoying the sunshine? Many Vancouver area parks have outdoor fitness equipment that will help your strength, cardio, flexibility, and balance.

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17 Vancouver Area Parks with Outdoor Fitness Equipment

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

11 Spots to Unwind With A Book in Vancouver

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populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

September 8th marks World Literacy Day and what better way to to highlight the importance of literacy around the world than by sitting down with a book in this fine city of ours! Here are a few places in Vancouver that you can curl up with a book:

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11 Spots to Unwind With A Book in Vancouver

The Best Places to Suntan in Vancouver

photo: Philip Tong / Flickr

photo: Philip Tong / Flickr

populistPopulist is Vancouver’s cinematic city guide, showcasing everything that’s happening in the city through video – Your hub for where to go, what to do and who to see. Populist is run by Film and TV Producer, Rebecca Traub and Broadcast Journalist, Blanca Blandon (aka YinYang). Follow the fun at thisispopulist.com.

If you’re looking to soak up some Vitamin D and relax in the sun, the following spots are perfect for sunbathing and enjoying some time under the sun. Grab some sunscreen, tanning lotion – or coconut oil because we do live in Vancouver after all – and get your tan on!

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The Best Places to Suntan in Vancouver

Party in Vancouver’s Famous Urban Forest: Celebrate Stanley Park, Aug. 24-25

Siwash Rock

 
It was 125 years ago that an enlightened Vancouver city council petitioned the federal government to set aside more than 1,000 acres on the edge of the city for park and recreation purposes.

Fast-forward to the present and Stanley Park is one of the world’s premiere urban forests and a must-see destination for visitors. Located in the heart of a city of millions, the park manages to remain stubbornly wild, with tracts of old growth forest, rugged cliffs plunging to the sea and pristine lakes. But these days there’s also something for everyone – from ornate gardens to a world-class aquarium and an idyllic seaside promenade.

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Party in Vancouver’s Famous Urban Forest: Celebrate Stanley Park, Aug. 24-25

Vintage Vancouver Parks and Recreation

Originally produced by the Whitefoot Studio, and presented by The Board of Park Commissioners of Vancouver in 1940, this silent film looks in-depth at the numerous parks that rest within the city limits of Greater Vancouver. It’s a long clip, but this vintage documentation is truly unique. Check out the free swimming lessons section by the Vancouver Sun at Second Beach about 13 minutes in—amazing! I’d love to see that start up again (my front crawl could use a little work).