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Vancouver’s Best Beaches

Sand and logs at Locarno 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.

Rows of logs in the sand at Third Beach at Stanley Park
Third Beach at Stanley Park
The sandy beach at Kitsilano
Kitsilano Beach
Beach at English Bay
English Bay Beach
Girl playing at low tide at Spanish Banks
Spanish Banks
Beach Volleyball at Ambleside
Ambleside Beach
Crescent Beach Sand
Crescent Beach