Wreck Beach, Vancouver

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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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  • Beautiful and fun Beach, both by its sunsets, naturism and the hiking you can practice here. Wreck Beach is part of the Pacific Spirit Park, and practically borders to UBC from throughout the West. The more cheaply to get from downtown Vancouver is taking the 044 bus route, whose last stop is the heart of the UBC, and hence only have to walk few minutes west to the entrance of some of the paths of access to the beach. There are 4 paths of access to the beach: trail 3 trail 4, trail 6 (whose access is on the Street NW Marine Dr); and the trail 7 (in the street Old Marine Dr). All the trails are formed by many, but by many steps. Most favorite trail and the more noticeable from the street is the #6 (are more than 400 steps), since it leads directly to the "main" section of beach, where the sand ground is considerably more extensive and offers beautiful views of the horizon and the rest forest that hides the beach. If you arrive at the main beach from the other trails (3, 4 or 7), you will realise that throughout this area there are a lot of tree trunks pulled, obvious give a sense of "Privacy" for swimmers aiming. Taking as a point of reference to the base of the stairs of the trail #6, facing the sea, on the right side the baths are located immediately (latrines, so take your precautions) and if you walk a few meters further you will notice that they are also grouped around the naturists (people who practice naturism) older. Also if you continue walking through the right side for several minutes, eventually you will reach the foot of 4 and 3 trails. The left side of the main beach is usually the favorite of young naturists and where you will surely find the bodies more hot all over the place. On the left side, close to the foot of the stairs of the #6 access, another trailhead that leads to two very small beaches and more private is, one of them is called Oasis (30 min), and a little further to find the base of the trail 7. In addition to naturists, the main beach is very frequented by students at UBC since it has an orientation privileged, why offers sublimely wonderful sunsets, and is a meeting point for a few small fires and hang out with friends. Some locals in sportswear can also be seen going to exercise, and one that other "curious" tourist that explores the entire beach. The foregoing represents the only big complaint about the Wreck Beach in recent years, is very visited by people who are not going to practice naturism or Nudism is a clothing optional beach. I've been five times this fall, and what I notice is that throughout the morning until 4 p.m., the percentage of naked people and people with clothes is approximately 60% - 40% respectively; but that proportion is changing radically as moving towards the sunset coming to 10% - 90% at 6 pm. If you like to practice naturism, I recommend arriving at 12 pm (in autumn I've gone) which is when the Sun starts to stick more on the beach and the cold wind is minimal, in addition to finding a good place already either in front of the beach or elsewhere. The atmosphere of the beach is always very safety and relaxation (could that say something hippie), all care for each other (there are also police officers but not always), so much so in fact it is not uncommon to see solo nude women basking or walking on the beach. The beach is usually always very clean, and the sand is very fine and is very pleasant to the touch, but I would recommend you bring a towel to sit comfortably on the floor. To be a clothing optional place, and based on my previous comments, you must be very comfortable or comfortable with the fact that you will be seen or viewed by other people who will be always dressed. If you definitely need something a little more private (but boring if you only), I would recommend you go to the mini beaches located along the right or left the main beach. What I would not recommend is get to swim to the sea, since it is not remarkably clean although many people do it. If you are going to this beach but naturism is not your thing, the least expected of you is to follow label behavior of the Wreck Beach, which is shown clearly in both signs up under each of the paths of access. Basically be summed up in the following points: respect the privacy of the bathers, not to take photos or video to other swimmers without consent, not look uncomfortable with others, prohibited leaving trash, and not to drink alcohol or drugs...
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  • I absolutely love this beach!! The stairs are a work out for sure but once you get down there it's worth it the climb up and down. Easy going people who are comfortable in their own skin. You can rela...  more »
  • This beach is really beautiful and quiet, everybody is respectful considering is a clothing optional beach although there’s a lot of voyeurs. You have to go down aprox 450 steps so you already know th...  more »
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