Vancouver’s nude beach to clean up its act?

Photo courtesy Lauren Kresowaty/niftynotcool.com.

Photo courtesy Lauren Kresowaty/niftynotcool.com.

The upcoming Victoria Day long weekend is traditionally the start of warm summer weather in Vancouver. And one thing that hundreds if not thousands of locals and visitors like to do on this occasion – weather permitting – is flock to Wreck Beach, the clothing-optional destination in Pacific Spirit Park. However, it looks like the carefree lifestyle currently enjoyed on Western Canada’s favourite nude beach is about to change.

The RCMP has announced that, beginning this weekend and continuing through to Labour Day, it’s going to maintain a daily presence – to pitch a tent, as it were – on the beach. So what will they be doing down at the remote location, which is located west of UBC and, fittingly, not far from the Museum of Anthropology? Will they be issuing fines to people who sing Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge”? Or will they be arresting people like the woman who has (allegedly) been selling “boozie boozie freezies” on the beach for the last few years?

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Vancouver’s nude beach to clean up its act?

Dare to Bare? The Wreck Beach Bare Buns Run is this Sunday

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Probably one of the most picturesque places for a 5K run, Wreck Beach will be hosting the 17th annual Bare Buns Run this Sunday, July 21st.

No shirt, no pants, no problem! This run is a bit different from others because:

a) It’s on a beach
b) Nobody wears any pants!

The Bare Buns Run caters to those who are completely comfortable in their own skin, and celebrates the naturalist way of life. However, there is still a “Shy” option, which may give you a bit of allowance on how much you really dare to bare.

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Dare to Bare? The Wreck Beach Bare Buns Run is this Sunday

Wreck Beach Ranked Second Best in North America for Skinny Dipping

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Vancouver has lots of gorgeous beaches, from the secluded sands of Stanley Park’s Third Beach to the wide open expanses of Spanish Banks.  But when it comes to notoriety, one Vancouver strand always pops to mind: Wreck Beach.

The clothing-optional beach located in Pacific Spirit Regional Park adjacent UBC always manages to raise a few eyebrows.  Now, it’s earned a place in the international spotlight.

A recent Huffington Post article ranked Wreck Beach the second best nude beach in North America, sandwiched between top pick San Gregorio in California and Hippie Hollow in Texas.  Continue reading:
Wreck Beach Ranked Second Best in North America for Skinny Dipping

Vancouver In a Day: Vancouver’s Beaches

In Vancouver, it’s easy to find a beach to fit your personality. Quiet and sandy? Dog-friendly with a great view? Crowded and flashy? Popular with the locals? Take your pick. There’s something here for everyone.

The good news is that all of the city’s major beaches are open to the public and easy to reach from the downtown core.

We designed this video feature on Vancouver’s beaches to make it feel like you’ve just woke up in Vancouver and are just about to head out to find the perfect, sandy spot to spend your day. You can navigate between beaches at the end of each video segment.

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Vancouver In a Day: Vancouver’s Beaches

Bare Buns Run 2012 – July 15 at Wreck Beach

Wreck Beach’s annual Bare Buns Run.

Wreck Beach isn’t Vancouver’s best-loved beach because it’s clothing-optional, though that is its most often cited attribute. Wreck Beach is beloved because it’s unique: hauntingly beautiful, isolated from civilization (it’s the only Vancouver beach where you can’t see any signs of city life), and possessed with an uncanny, peculiarly Vancouver vibe (hippie, laid back, anything-goes-but-we’re-all-cool-and respectful, hey there’s that lady with the Jello shots). It’s unlike anywhere else, and for that reason alone we love it.

The annual Bare Buns Run is the seminal event for Wreck Beach, a chance to show your love by showing your ass(ets)—all proceeds from the Bare Buns Run support the Wreck Beach Preservation Society, the folks who keep the beach pristine and lovely for future bare-buns runners to come.

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Bare Buns Run 2012 – July 15 at Wreck Beach

Wreck Beach Skinny Dipping – July 2, 2011

2010 Skinny-Dip at Wreck Beach. Photo: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press

Of all the gorgeous Vancouver beaches, Wreck Beach consistently tops most Vancouverites’ list of  “best Vancouver beaches.” Wreck Beach is loved for its rugged, natural beauty, its laid-back, hippie vibe, and for its famous status as one of the world’s greatest clothing-optional beaches—it’s liberating to know that, if you ever want to swim in the ocean naked, there’s a place to do that right here in the city.

Since the beach is clothing-optional, one could argue that every day is skinny-dipping day at Wreck Beach. But since 2009, Wreck Beach has made organized skinny-dipping an annual event.

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Wreck Beach Skinny Dipping – July 2, 2011

Wreck Beach Day 2010 – Get Naked & Love Your Body

Wreck Beach Day 2009. Photo © James Loewen, Wreck Beach Preservation Society

Vancouver’s Wreck Beach isn’t just beloved by locals for its rustic, natural beauty and anything-goes vibe—it’s also one of the top nude beaches in the world, and the 31st Annual Wreck Beach Day is determined to convince you to go nude, too!

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Wreck Beach Day 2010 – Get Naked & Love Your Body