5 Must-See Vancouver Beaches for Summer 2018

Looking to harness your inner fish this summer? Here are 5 beaches that you should explore! But before you do that, be sure to check Swim Guide for the latest info on water quality.

1. Get Active at Deep Cove Beach (North Vancouver)

Deep Cove is an incredible hub for watersports. It’s a great place to try out new activities such as surf ski or stand up paddleboard (SUP). The waters are calm and you may even see some marine life while you’re out there! To hit the spot after your watery workout, head to Honey Doughnuts & Goodies, a favourite of locals and tourists alike. Quarry hike is also just a few steps away so if you want to enjoy the beautiful water from above, be sure to check out this trail.

Find Deep Cove on Swim Guide.

Photo Courtesy of Cindy Shan

2.Bring the Entire Family to Garry Point Park (Steveston)

If you're looking for a laid-back weekend outing, look no further than Garry Point Park. It’s the perfect place to have a picnic with family or friends, including the family pooch. There are dog watering stations around the park and if you’re lucky, you’ll come across some salmon zipping through the water. If you don’t have time to grab the necessities for a picnic, take a short walk to Steveston Harbour. There you can grab some lunch from Pajo’s Fish and Chips and walk around the quaint town. Our stomachs are growling just thinking about it!

Check out Garry Point Park on Swim Guide.

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3. Go with the Flow at Buntzen Lake (Anmore)

Have a book you can’t wait to dive into? Craving a relaxing day of floating on the water? Then this is the beach for you! Just one hour from the busy city is this cool water reservoir. Crowds flock here on sunny days but the north side of the lake offers more seclusion if more quiet time is what you desire. There are also a few hiking trails surrounding the lake if you choose to venture into the wilderness to dry off.

Find out more about Buntzen Lake on Swim Guide.

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4. Explore Tide Pool Paradise at White Rock Beach

This family-friendly beach is a great place for fishing and crabbing and so you will often see locals with their fishing and crabbing gear, ready to try their luck. If you wade into the waters, you may even see a crab sliding across the seafloor. During low tide, youcan collect seashells and explore the sea creatures of the rock pools up close.

Read up on White Rock Beach on Swim Guide.

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5. A Quick Escape From the City at English Bay Beach

Steps away from bustling downtown Vancouver is English Bay Beach. This is a great spot to go if you only have an hour or two to spare on a busy day about town. It’s a quick bus ride from downtown or just a short walk away. If you like to bike or rollerblade with the ocean breeze rushing through your hair, this is the place to do it! To the Northwest is Stanley Park and a short ferry ride away is Granville Island where the market awaits.

Learn more about English Bay Beach on Swim Guide.

Photo Courtesy of Cindy Shan

Are we missing a beach that you love? Search for it on Swim Guide and if it isn’t listed, be sure to suggest it in the app by simply clicking on the sidebar. We’re constantly working to add new beaches to Swim Guide! Who knows, perhaps we'll even feature your favourite beach!

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