Spanish Banks, Vancouver

Spanish Banks located on the edge of Vancouver British Columbia's prestigious Point Grey region is a popular destination for locals and tourists enjoying sun, sand and surf along the area's beautiful coastline. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE: www.venturevancouver.com

The white sandy beaches of Spanish Banks in Vancouver, BC and views along the shore are stunning.

STATS

Type:

Beach

Season:

All Seasons

Weather:

All Weather

Time:

1 hour

Cost:

Free

What to bring:

Camera, Drink, Snack, Sun Glasses, Blanket

Located in the prestigious Point Grey region in Vancouver, BC edging on the University of British Columbia Campus, Spanish Banks is a haven for people looking to escape the summer heat or spend playful hours walking along the beaches or playing in the surf. Named for the Spanish explorers who first sailed through the region in the late 1700s, these pristine white sandy beaches have continued to be a draw for people looking for less crowded options from the more crowded areas closer to downtown. With many amenities, pathways and other incentives, people continue to enjoy the beautiful stretches of land that make up Spanish Banks. No matter the weather, season or temperature, the exploration opportunities at low tide, beautiful panoramic views and the proximity to the city sees thousands flock to the area on an annual basis, taking advantage of the quiet beaches and laid back West Coast atmosphere.

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.

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Spanish Banks near Point Grey, Vancouver, is typical of many beaches in the area using old log as sitting but encompassing a spectacular view of the West Coast including the North Shore mountains, English Bay and the Vancouver's Downtown area.


Location of Spanish Banks

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Located on NW Marine Drive - there is a west and east portion to the beaches and signage


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