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Wreck Beach

University Land Endowments
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Address: University Blvd and South West Marine Drive | (Foot of Spanish Banks), Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2, Canada
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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The most interesting beach I ever visited !

This is a very interesting beach. There are stairs to the beach, but dense trees obscure the beach and the tail end of the stairs and we were staggered to find the number of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 July 2014
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

This is a very interesting beach. There are stairs to the beach, but dense trees obscure the beach and the tail end of the stairs and we were staggered to find the number of stairs to be 490. It was summer and the beach was quite crowded. Water although apparently cold, actually felt quite comfortable once we got into it.... More 

1 Thank travellalone
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

I had heard a lot about this beach in Vancouver and decided to check it out for myself, because a) I love the beach b) I have never been to a nude beach before and want to see what it was like (out of curiosity). The beach is really a gem. It is tucked away from the city (by the... More 

1 Thank Stephanie Y
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

You can catch a bus from Downtown that takes you to the UBC bus loop so you get to admire the beautiful campus as you make your way to the beach. The beach itself is very nice, soft sand with minimal rock and debris and the water is not too deep. The water wasn't too cold either. Everyone seemed friendly... More 

2 Thank Trista L
Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

My partner and I go to Wreck Beach every trip to Vancouver, a yearly event now. It is a clothing-optional beach -- in the most stunning physical setting. There is pristine blue water ahead. Across the water, on a clear day, you can see the mountains of Vancouver Island and even the Olympic Mountains in northwest Washington State. To the... More 

3 Thank Douglas D
Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2014

Wreck Beach used to be a quiet beach for all to enjoy but, over time, it has become too commercialized for our taste. And there is always someone who seems to be peddling a cause and seeking approval for it. Access is also an issue for young children and those with mobility issues.

3 Thank Traveller0024
Rescue, Ca.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2014

This "clothing optional" beach on UBC grounds can get busy on warm summer days, but usually, especially in the cooler months, it's pretty quiet. It's well maintained all year round and quite beautiful. If it's busy, be careful where you park. You'll get towed, and getting your vehicle back will be expensive.

1 Thank travelincanuck_9
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

This is a very good clothing optional beach and stretches 6 km in total. There is far more to Wreck beach than the main section. The water is cold all summer. Don't be rude and stare at naked people if you are dressed. That is very tacky.

1 Thank coalharborvan
Kitsilano, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014

Wreck Beach is at the base of cliffs facing in every direction around the University of BC, and accessible only via a steep but well-maintained trail. There are eagles, heron, and even the occasional otter, as there are no vehicles, and forest and marshlands support the wildlife. It is best visited in poor weather if you seek to commune with... More 

1 Thank BiTiKitsilano
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2014

Saw 2013 Wreck Beach Run. Participants were running to raise money to better the facilities at the beach, and it was quite a sight!!! Coming from an Asian culture, my friend was not comfortable seeing the naked bodies, but still it's something you've got to see at least once in your life.

1 Thank Lifisgood
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2014

You have not seen all Vancouver has to offer until you've enjoyed a day at Wreck beach (summer....yes). Located near UBC on the tip of the land, the scenery is amazing. The beach has incredible life and activity. If you've never been to a clothing optional beach before then then this is a great beach to start with. You'll see... More 

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University Land Endowments
An area as rich in history as it is in natural beauty, the expansive parkland of the University Land Endowments is protected by the city in cooperation with the University of British Columbia. A large green space studded by rose gardens, Japanese rock gardens, botanic gardens, canopy walks, regional parkland, and hiking trails, the University Land Endowments are a breath of fresh air. Combining a commitment to preserving nature with a similar promise to preserve culture, its valleys are also home to the First Nations heritage museum, the biodiversity museum, and anthropological and memorial exhibitions. From its highest canopies to the sandy shorelines of Wreck Beach, its serenity is preserved by the University buildings that dot it, combining Mother Nature and scholarship.
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