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“Great for a picnic, sunset watching and loosing yourself in the views”
Review of Spanish Banks

Spanish Banks
Ranked #10 of 310 things to do in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 17 July 2017

Went there to hopefully have a swim but found that the tide was out and you needed to walk a long distance out of of the beach to get to the water. So unfortunately no swimming. However, this did not stop us having a great day. The beach is large and went on a Tuesday so there was not large crown there at all. We had plenty of space to enjoy a picnic, place some beach rugby and just relax and admire that scenery. You get a very nice view of downtown Vancouver and North Vancouver with the mountains powering in the back ground. Parking is free and there is loads of it. If you did not bring any food, there are two little kiosks offering basic meals and coffee. If you are looking to have a swim, I would recommend to have a look at the tidal charts so you can work out when the high tide is in.

Thank Clifford M
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"favorite beach"
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"parks board"
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"the north shore mountains"
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"views of the mountains"
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Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Took an afternoon to sit at the beach read a book and enjoy the views. The parking was free once I found a spot. The park has vast green space with volleyball nets and picnic spots with BBQs. The tide when low provides a great place to walk out in shallow waters. The drift logs along the beach are great markers for belongings or to lean on when reading like I do. Very family friendly and community oriented.

Thank Canadianswhotravel16
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Reviewed 30 June 2017

huge beach and perfect for after-work family relaxation picnic. we've been on a weekday, and I can only imagine crowds of people on the week-end. but on a weekday evening the place is pretty empty. if you stay to watch sunset - it is truly worth it. stunning views of Vancouver island and Vancouver city.

Thank SSADCAD
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Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

At low tide you can walk almost a kilometer on the sand bar. It's very tranquil and peaceful here. A great place to sunbathe, read a book, meditate, do yoga, or just relax. So close to the city, yet feels like being in the country! Highly recommended!

Thank BC V
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Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

My favorite beach in Vancouver. Love watching the tides. Not as packed as Kits beach and even more breathtaking. Water seems cleaner than at English Bay or Kits Beach, but it's still vancouver so don't expect clear turquoise water lol.

Thank Kelsey K
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