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Vancouver’s Best Beaches

Stanley Park's Third Beach

Vancouver and the surrounding regions are blessed with dozens of amazing beaches. Below is a list of the top beaches in Metro Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.


The Lower Mainland’s Top Beaches

The top sandy beaches along the region’s ocean shores include: English Bay, Kitsilano, Jericho, Locarno, Spanish Banks, Stanley Park’s Second Beach and Third Beach, Crescent Beach (in South Surrey near White Rock), and Ambleside (in West Vancouver).

Wreck Beach near UBC is also one of Vancouver’s most beautiful beaches, although it’s a little different and not for everyone, given that clothing there is optional.

The best lakeside beaches in the Lower Mainland include: Alice Lake up the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Alouette Lake at Golden Ears Provincial Park, and both Cultus Lake and Harrison Hot Springs in the Fraser Valley. White Pine Beach at Sasamat Lake is also both beautiful and very popular. Whonnock Lake in Maple Ridge is also beautiful.


Click on any of the following photos to learn about specific beach locations.


Third Beach at Stanley Park
Third Beach (at Stanley Park)


The Beach at Second Beach
Second Beach (at Stanley Park)


Kitsilano Beach in Fall
Kitsilano Beach (in Vancouver)


English Bay Beach
English Bay Beach (in Vancouver’s West End)


Children Playing at Spanish Banks
Spanish Banks (in Vancouver’s Point Grey Neighbourhood)


Beach Volleyball at Ambleside
Ambleside Beach in West Vancouver


Low Tide at Crescent Beach
Crescent Beach (in South Surrey)


Alice Lake
Alice Lake (in Squamish)


Kilby Park Beach in Summer
Kilby Park (in Harrison Mills)


White Pine Beach at Sasamat Lake
White Pine Beach (near Port Moody)


Whonnock Lake in Maple Ridge
Whonnock Lake in Maple Ridge


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