What Is It? During the summer, Vancouver’s beaches are a popular place to be.
Why Do It? Kitsilano Beach, or Kits Beach as the locals call it, offers a wrap-around view of the city, ocean and mountains and is a favorite, attracting sun-worshippers, joggers, families and people of all types. You can throw a blanket down on the sand and relax, go for a swim in the heated outdoor saltwater pool that’s three times the size of an Olympic pool, or throw a Frisbee in the grassy area. At Jericho Beach, you can cast your line from the pier, or enjoy beach volleyball, sea kayaking, windsurfing and sailing. Spanish Banks is a great spot for skimboarding and is generally the least crowded beach in the city.
Good to Know: Those that want to enjoy a secluded, clothing-optional beach can head to Wreck Beach, a 4.8-mile-long stretch of sand located adjacent to the University of British Columbia campus, accessible via a long flight of steep stairs.