The summer months in Vancouver are its most popular. Visitors and locals flock to city's beaches to escape the warm weather and to bask on the picturesque and pristine oceanfront vistas.
One of the less densely crowded of the four beaches found on the shores of Vancouver's suburban district is Spanish Banks.
Named for the early Spanish explorers who sailed into the area in 1791, the area consists of three beaches areas within the larger classification of Spanish Banks - East Beach, West Beach and the Beach Extension.
Furthest away from the downtown core, the long stretches of beach along Spanish Banks look onto the Cascade mountains, English Bay and are cushioned by the Pacific Spirit Regional Park and craggy cliffs found in the Point Great region near the University of British Columbia.
The many amenities Spanish Banks has to offer create a carefree and relaxing environment popular to beach goers to the region. Concession stands, a large grassy area with trees to provide shade and space for a variety of sports and activities, barbecuing, and picnic tables are a big draw to the area which consists of three beaches, all lifeguard patrolled in the summer months. The white sandy beaches and clear waters are a haven for kite surfers, skim boarding and water sports including kayakers and other boaters.
Low tide brings dozens of people to Spanish Bank's shores - especially West Beach - offering a look at the creatures and environment underneath the waves.
If looking for a place that is quieter and void of the crush of beach goers in the summer months, Spanish Banks is the perfect place to spend a day on a sandy beach or in the shaded meadow enjoying the surroundings that Vancouver is famous for.
Use the interactive map below to locate and explore the areas around Spanish BanksLocated on NW Marine Drive - there is a west and east portion to the beaches and signage
Click the brown GEMS on the map to navigate to the other activities within this region