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

Superhero Sighting in White Rock

Photo: Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society

Check your tide chart, grab your sunscreen and plot a course for the intertidal zone at White Rock Beach. There amongst the hermit crabs, barnacles, periwinkles and sea stars, you’ll spot them. Although they may not be wearing capes and masks, these modern day, aspiring scientists are heroes to me. Each summer, the Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society Beach Hero Marine Interpreters offer free guided walks at Crescent Beach and White Rock Beach. Under their expert guidance, the small-scale world found under your feet comes to life.

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Superhero Sighting in White Rock

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

5 romantic beach walks in Vancouver

Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO | Flickr

Photo credit: TOTORORO.RORO | Flickr

Do you love chocolate, movies, and long walks on the beach?

So does everybody else.

It’s a personal-ad cliche for a reason: most people enjoy a scenic, leisurely walk with a loved one. Whether you’re just getting to know each other or just need some space to hash out that long-festering issue, a beautiful walk has a way of smoothing over the rough edges.

And if things don’t work out, hey–at least you’ve gotten some exercise.

Here are five beaches in Metro Vancouver that are perfect for the walk and talk. They’re just as nice in winter as they are in summer, with far fewer people to come between you and your beloved.

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5 romantic beach walks in Vancouver