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Wreck Beach, Vancouver

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Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Be at one with nature at Wreck Beach, Canada's first official clothing-optional beach. A sweeping golden shoreline stretching 7.8 km (4.8 mi) provides a scenic retreat to swim, sunbathe, and chat with locals. Known for its friendly, welcoming atmosphere, the beach is a naturist's haven with a lively selection of bare-all events, including "Skinny-dip Day" and the popular "Bare Buns Run." Take a stroll via the various trail sites around the beach. You'll find a selection of street food and refreshing ice-cold beverages nearby. Using our online itinerary creator, Vancouver attractions like Wreck Beach can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I'm going to miss my yearly visit to this little paradise. I'll miss my Wreck Beach friends and my doses of nudity, that keeps my free spirit afloat. See you next time!  more »
  • There are 500 stairs to get to and from this beach. There is a nice view. The beach is certainly unique.  more »
  • Back in the sixties this beach was famous because it was one of North America's few nudist beaches. It is harder to get to than Vancouver's other beaches so it is less busy.  more »
  • There is no "official" parking lot, so you need to get there early mainly on summer to park near the stairs you need to take to reach the beach. I consider the beach a small size so again, it will be crowded on summer after 3 PM. Additionally, a lot of people arrange fire pits and they leave the remaining wood there and you must wear shoes. I has a splinter in my feet twice when shoeless.
  • a little slice of heaven in Vancouver ... I love how chill this place is and the regulars are so friendly. best place to have an honest conversation with a complete stranger. a body positive sanctuary where you can be authentically yourself. go get your naked on and be free.
  • Parking is a bit difficult to find during the summer months but there are definitely "peak" times you can work around. There are quite a number of stairs to go down before reaching the beach and are a bit of a workout to go back up on.
  • Probably the best beach in Vancouver. Sandy all along, with clear(ish) water and at a decent temperature considering that it's the Pacific Northwest. It's nudist friendly (albeit almost half the crowd is usually in swimming wear), so if that's a concern, might not be for everyone. Worth mentioning the vendors, decent selection of food and other items. All in all, great atmosphere!
  • Beautiful beach. You can be naked there, but it is not mandatory. 🙂 In order to access the beach you have to go down a lot of stairs. We were lucky to see a mink there!

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