Vancouver has some amazing beaches. Not least beautiful among them, but certainly the most infamous, is UBC’s clothing-optional (i.e, nude) Wreck Beach.
Vancouver’s Nude Beach
Located on the edge of the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Pacific Spirit Regional Park, Wreck Beach is where Vancouverites (including university students) can go if they want to sunbathe naked.
Wreck Beach isn’t everybody’s cup of tea, and it certainly isn’t a mainstream activity, but it is a beautiful beach, you don’t have to take all your clothes off, and it’s, well, an interesting place for people watching and being one with nature.
As the signs say though – don’t gawk and stare, and don’t take photos of people without permission. (Better yet – probably best to leave the camera at home, or just take your camera on really cold days when you know you’ll be safe, hopefully, like we did!)
Wreck Beach is located right at the edge of UBC, just a short (but very steep) walk down from the Museum of Anthropology. It truly is a steep walk down, but there are stairs all the way – and lots of them. Be prepared to get your exercise walking back up!
Tips and Advice
Below are some tips to help you make the most out of your visit to Wreck Beach (in case you decide you want to check it out).
TIP #1: If you want to visit Wreck Beach but without all the naked people, then go in the colder months.
TIP#2: Don’t choose to study at UBC solely because it’s one of the only post-secondary institutions (in North America at least) with its own clothing-optional beach – it’s a first class university even without this unique feature.
TIP#3: If you do go the “clothing optional” route, don’t forget the sunscreen!
TIP#4: Don’t stare, take photos of sunbathers or do anything inappropriate that would make other folk at the beach uncomfortable. Most of the clothing-optional folk you’ll see aren’t exhibitionists – they are “naturalists”, so there for themselves, not for the entertainment of others.
Click the following link to learn more about Metro Vancouver’s other top (and more traditional) beaches.
If you want to hang out naked and protest the oil industry and car culture all at the same time, an event you might be interested in is the World Naked Bike Ride which takes place in downtown Vancouver in the summer.