20 Vancouver Area Beaches to Visit This Summer

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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

Skimboarding – Coming to a Tide Pool Near You

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Skimboarding at Spanish Banks Photo: Rob Weiss

When I think of tide pools, I visualize anemones, barnacles, clams and crabs, but visit Spanish Banks at low tide and you will notice large, two legged creatures inhabiting the pools.  Imagine a sport similar to surfing, a smaller board and a puddle!  Arguably, skimboarding is a perfect mix between surfing and skateboarding.  Bright and colourful, the boards are approximately three times wider than skateboards and about one and a half times as long.  It will come as no surprise that skimboarding originated in Southern California. Originally, the boards were simple wooden planks.  Today, the equipment has evolved and high end skimboards are constructed from carbon fibre and fibre glass.

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Skimboarding – Coming to a Tide Pool Near You

Walk on Water

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This week, walk on water at Spanish Banks beach!

Some of the lowest tides of the year are gracing Vancouver’s shores, which means you can walk or skimboard for miles on the ocean floor! What’s also unique about Vancouver’s current tidal flow is the difference between high and low tide. In some seasons it only fluctuates by a few feet in any given day, but right now the daily fluctuation is up to 14 feet.

So, stop what you’re doing and get over to Spanish Banks at 12:42pm today! The tide will be among the lowest this month, which means you can fully take advanteage of summer’s heat, and cool off as your feet melt into the sandbar!

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Walk on Water