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Spanish Banks

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West Point Grey
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Address: 4707 North West Marine Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1A1, Canada
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This expansive beach offers fantastic picnicking opportunities, swimming,...

This expansive beach offers fantastic picnicking opportunities, swimming, beach volleyball, or simply a panoramic view of Vancouver and the mountains. Spanish Banks tends to be a quieter beach which makes it very family-friendly.

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great for the tans and the swimming

sea side swimming. nice sandy beach. Keep going west for the clothing optional Wreck Beach. Several concession stands, get there early for parking

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Vancouver, Canada
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56 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

sea side swimming. nice sandy beach. Keep going west for the clothing optional Wreck Beach. Several concession stands, get there early for parking

Thank bigjim5551212
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great spot to take a walk or go for a bike ride. It's a very popular spot for both locals and tourists in Vancouver, which makes sense with both it's great views and beach access. I highly recommend making a stop here for picturesque views of both the downtown skyscrapers and the North Van shoreline.

Thank WorldTravel2192
Markham, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed an evening out while the tide was out. Breezy but fun and interesting to see what the tide brought in.

Thank Valerie F
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

The name is really The Spanish Bank. No Captain Cook nor Captain Vancouver were the first Europeans gere. It was Captain Galiano and this destination represented the northern most reach of the Spanish Realm. Cook bumped into Galiano in this arwa and the two exchanged maping information. But the area of The Spanish Bank was the site of a now... More 

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Reviewed 22 February 2017

Always a great place to stop, relax and take in the views. You can take a walk along the gravel path. In the summer you can get refreshments. Enjoy French fries while wiggling your toes in the sand

Thank Teresa W
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

This beach is one of the best places to go sailing of skim boarding. Plan out the tides so you get to enjoy this beach to its fullest. There is a concession stand and lots of places to explore. Bring a packed lunch and enjoy the amazing view of Downtown Vancouver and the North Shore Mountains.

Thank peterknight54
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

It is located on the west side of Vancouver. It is great for a walk,suntan and families. You can walk for miles if you like as along the shore

Thank ramcreations6
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Nice walk not only on the beach but in the surrounding area as well. Need to go early for parking as it gets full up pretty quick.

Thank elephant47
Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 19 December 2016

A great place to visit the ocean ... water warms up more here in the summer than elsewhere as the floor is shallow and sandy. You can walk out seemingly forever when the tide is out.

Thank GaryN4321
Newport News, Virginia
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Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We spent our first morning in Vancouver exploring Kitsilano and then strolling along the beaches of Spanish Banks. Such a nice relaxing start to a busy vacation in this beautiful area!

Thank SuzanneSays

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West Point Grey is one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, especially known for its easygoing and admired beachfronts. Locals crowd the Spanish Banks and Jericho Beach, especially in the summer, where a sprawling view of the English Bay awaits. The central village is an oasis of sovereign shops, many of them in local operation for years. The neighbourhood has a more personal feeling to it, and can be a wonderful and much-needed break from the bustle of big-city life, being a little haven of peace and quiet with an almost village temperament in the heart of Vancouver.
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