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Vancouver’s Spanish Banks Beach

Children Playing at Spanish Banks

The sandy shoreline and views make Spanish Banks one of Vancouver’s best beaches, and an especially great place for young children to play at low tide.

The Beach at Spanish Banks

Spanish Banks is located in the Point Grey neighbourhood of Vancouver at 4875 NW Marine Drive between Locarno Beach and the University of British Columbia.

At low tide the water at Spanish Banks goes out for what seems like miles. The beach is a perfect place for children, as well as kite flying on windy days at low tide.

Tips and Advice

Below are a couple of good things to know about Spanish Banks.

TIP #1:  The Pacific Ocean around Vancouver is typically freezingly cold, with only kids and the brave swimming in it during July and August.

If you don’t mind the shallow water (like if you’re a toddler or just want to play as opposed to actually swim), then hit Spanish Banks on a really hot sunny day when the tide is out. Then, as the tide comes back in, the water heats up a couple of degrees from the hot sand. It still won’t be warm by more southern standards, but at least warmer than at other times.

TIP #2: Try to go at low tide, when the sand goes out for what seems like miles, and don’t forget to take your sandcastle-building tools. Check out the Tide Forecast website for the tide schedule.

Click the following link to learn more about Metro Vancouver’s other top beaches (including Jericho, Locarno and Kitsilano all nearby).