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

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

Where to Swim in a Lake Near Vancouver This Summer

Swimming at Lost Lake

Swimming at Lost Lake in Whistler. Photo Credit: Tourism Whistler / Andrew Strain

There’s nothing better than cooling off in a lake on a hot summer day. With lots of lakes near Vancouver, you have lots of freshwater swimming options. Here are some of the best swimming lakes near Vancouver, from the Sea to Sky region to the Fraser Valley.

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Where to Swim in a Lake Near Vancouver This Summer