Third Beach, Stanley Park

Third Beach, along the shores of Stanley Park in Vancouver, BC is a well travelled region in the park as it connects to the seawall and is less busy in the summer months due to its remote location. CREDIT: Venture Vancouver, SOURCE:

Stanley Park Seawall on Third Beach looking toward the North Shore Mountains covered in snow during the winter months.





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Camera, Binoculars, Hiking Boots, Sun Glasses, Blanket

Of Stanley Park's two swimming beaches, Third Beach is undoubtedly the quietest. Spanning the western shores of the Park, the beach offers a quiet and serene atmosphere, sheltered by English Bay to the West and Stanley Park to the East, muffling the sounds of the city. People come to Third Beach via the Seawall which runs along the edge of the beach or by car. The site offers amenities, views and for beachcombers, a diverse collection of sea life and interesting oceanic objects at low tide. Third Beach is a beautiful place to visit throughout the year. Offering panoramic views of the bay, mountains and surrounding nature it has become a regular stop for hundreds of people making their way around the seawall, taking in the atmosphere and true West Coast feel of the area.

Stanley Park's Third Beach is its most sheltered beach. Overlooking English Bay, the North Shore Mountains and the boroughs of West Vancouver and Point Grey, it offers a true West Coast experience of quietness and serenity while overlooking the views that make the city such a popular destination.

The Beach offers many amenities throughout the year and during the summer exclusively. As a swimming beach, lifeguards are on duty in the summer season and a nearby concession stand is available for beach goers to get snacks and drinks. Toilets and changing rooms are also available. Parking is also on site at the higher level of the Park as well as nearby Ferguson Point which offers a lookout and the Teahouse Restaurant.

Beachcombers especially enjoy Third Beach as low tide offers a new perspective on the area. Rocks, tide pools and a variety of oceanic objects and creatures can be found along the shores - children and adults alike can find starfish, shells, tiny crabs under the rocks and a variety of birds in the vicinity. Lucky individuals can even spot the iconic Bald Headed Eagle, a few which nest and call the Park home.

Its pristine beaches, panoramic views and quiet atmosphere have popularized Third Beach in Stanley Park, offering a place for visitors to relax and look across English Bay and view many of its cargo ships, small watercraft and even seals bobbing along the shore.

A year round area, Third Beach is a fun and beautiful space to spend time.

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Third Beach on the western edge of the park is the furthest from the city, offering a beautiful beach, clear waters, panoramic views of English Bay and the harbour as well as breathtaking sunsets throughout the year.
Third Beach offers unique opportunities in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC - offering opportunities to explore the shore during low tide when the many rocks that are usually submerged are above water, eagerly explored by people looking for crabs, starfish and other ocean-faring items.
Third Beach, Stanley Park Vancouver, BC is a stop along the Park's famous Seawall. Panoramic views of English Bay and its many ships are a few of the many interesting visuals seen from this region of the Park.

Location of Third Beach

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The only ways to access Third beach is by Park Dr. to Ferguson point and then right down the roadway to the parking lot or to walk/bike/rollerblade around the seawall.
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