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Wreck Beach

University Land Endowments
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Address: University Blvd and South West Marine Drive | (Foot of Spanish Banks), Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2, Canada
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Retro Nude beach worth the trip.

Having been to nude beaches all over the world I have to say this one has some uniqueness to it. The word "retro" certainly comes to mind as you feel like you've stepped into the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 June 2016
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

Did you know this was a nude beach? Well, I didn't, only a mild shock, I was still panting from the 400+ steps we walked down. Really quite a cool beach - lots of logs scattered as if Pail Bunyan threw them. Seriously, if you go, wear sneakers to do the steps and flip flops or water shoes to walk... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

I live near Wreck Beach and so spend a lot of time on the beach in the cooler months. There are between 200-400 steps down the cliffs, depending on your access point, and there are no facilities at beach level. The beach is quite crowded on hot summer days, and there is a wide variety of people who use it.... More 

Thank Slow-travel
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

This clothing optional beach is amazingly beautiful and makes for a great place to spend an entire day. Also makes you work out with all the stairs that you have to climb! It's perfect as there were very few people and is a secluded quiet place just the way I like it :)

Thank AbbyDoo12
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

Abundance of sea life and activities for children. My son especially loved the log "camps". Parking was limited and I would imagine on a sunny day it could be very busy, but we had most of the beach to ourselves. I will dream of coming back to Wreck Beach. Our family loved it.

Thank waitaminutesally
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

Wreck beach is an unique place, a great way to spend a summer day. There is nothing like being free and nude in a public place, jumping into the ocean, nude, was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

1 Thank EdmondK
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2016

Having been to nude beaches all over the world I have to say this one has some uniqueness to it. The word "retro" certainly comes to mind as you feel like you've stepped into the '70's and the hippie generation is alive and well :) Parking: I went on a Tues in June of '16 at 1:00 pm. The Beach... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

This clothing optional beach is a wonderful experience for any visitor to Vancouver. Stunningly beautiful beach with water which in May was already swimmable. The clothing optional component is a real release from the everyday. A trip not to be missed. Must keep an open mind

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

Went down in a chilly Mayday with my daughter and liked the flush forest trail from the road to beach which was impressive with all the logs around. What you should know about going here is that there is some 400 stairs on this path. So if you plan to go down with stroller, make sure it foldable one and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

I went in early spring and there were a couple of folks, all clothed. The beach itself is unkempt with driftwood and the shore is rocky. Not quite ideal. Coming from the tropics, I've seen way better beaches, but I guess this one is an attraction in its own right because of the clothing-optional policy.

Thank gboi77
Carrying Place, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

Coming from Germany myself I was surprised to find out that there is a "Clothing Optional Beach" in Canada. Spent a few hours on this beach today enjoying the ocean and a cold beer. A great workout also going back up the UBC campus on the > 400 steps.

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University Land Endowments
An area as rich in history as it is in natural beauty, the expansive parkland of the University Land Endowments is protected by the city in cooperation with the University of British Columbia. A large green space studded by rose gardens, Japanese rock gardens, botanic gardens, canopy walks, regional parkland, and hiking trails, the University Land Endowments are a breath of fresh air. Combining a commitment to preserving nature with a similar promise to preserve culture, its valleys are also home to the First Nations heritage museum, the biodiversity museum, and anthropological and memorial exhibitions. From its highest canopies to the sandy shorelines of Wreck Beach, its serenity is preserved by the University buildings that dot it, combining Mother Nature and scholarship.
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