Spanish Banks, Vancouver

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Take a trip to Spanish Banks, a series of beaches on the shores of English Bay. Technically only one bank, the beaches split into three main areas: east, west, and extension. The west beach offers the best conditions for skimboarding and kitesurfing, and has particularly extensive low tide flats. All three offer ample room for relaxation and recreational activities, including picnics, barbecues, and beach sports, while the east and west parts also benefit from concession stands and other amenities. For Spanish Banks and beyond, use our Vancouver driving holiday planning website to get the most from your Vancouver vacation.
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  • Spanish Banks is one of Vancouvers best places to enjoy the beach, surrounded by the mountains in the background. The zest of West coast living is at its peak on a sunny day. If you are so lucky to be...  more »
  • Hop on a bike or bus and head towards Spanish Bank, it will take ~30-minutes to bike there from Downtown (and is mostly on flat ground). This beach provides stunning views into the horizon. Play volle...  more »
  • Spanish Banks is a well known summer location for those who want to go to the beach. At other times of year when the water is too cold, it is an ideal place ride a bike, walk, or have a picnic. I conc...  more »
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  • Spanish banks beach is huge. It is world class. If you arrive and the tide is out, just be wary of where you lay your blanket. The beach is massive at low tide but when it comes in that tide comes in fast. Make sure you're ready to grab and go. Not a lot in the way of concession stands, so bring your own food and beverage. Please leave the glass containers at home and take your garbage out with you. There are some half decent portable toilets out house wash rooms. Plenty of parking just steps from the sand. There's also a very large grassy area, picnic tables and places to have barbecues and opened fire. If you go all the way down to the very far end of the beach , that would be South South West End, you will even find an off-leash Beach for your dog . Have a great time at the beach.
  • Long Sandy Beach with shallow water so you can walk far out into the ocean. Beautiful view of the North Shore.
  • Bring a sweet chick here at sunset, she'll love you for it!
  • Great place to take your dog
  • Great dog beach at the far end
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