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Wreck Beach

University Blvd and South West Marine Drive | (Foot of Spanish Banks), Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2, Canada
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Ranked #47 of 185 Attractions in Vancouver
Type: Beaches
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: Wreck Beach is Vancouver's famous nudist beach. Protected from prying eyes by a steep cliff and a descent of nearly 500 wooden steps, Vancouverites... more »
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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Warning: there is a homeless bum who lives under a blue umbrella at the bottom of the stairs at this beach, and likes to pull out a film camera and take random pictures of people on the beach....avoid that area and you will be fine. Also watch for the random old men that like to walk up and down and... More

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Woodstock, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

What else is there to say? Naked people, water, sand. Kind of nice that no one bothers you and it's really, really quiet. Great place to relax and you don't have to get naked if you don't want to. Little hard to find the trails and avoid #6 at all costs! Lots and lots of stairs to climb!

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Langley City, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is one beach(nudist beach)optional that will amaze you and educate at the same time. But there is 498 stairs to go down....then the hard part all the way up....But it is a true experience!

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Vancouver Island, Canada
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

After almost 20 years of going to Wreck Beach, I will be avoiding this place until something is done about the vagrants that now plague the beach. I live within walking distance, but could not be asked to suffer one more day on this overcrowded beach, where the homeless and severely-intoxicated encroach on my blanket, striking up phoney conversations whilst... More

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Birmingham, Alabama
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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

This beach is very difficult to access. Parking is a mess as well. Once you get to it - all you see is an ugly beach. Don't waste your time - go to a CA, OR, or WA beach for real beauty.

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Toronto, Canada
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104 reviews 104 reviews
38 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I cycled over to Wreck Beach from Yaletown (downtown Vancouver) and had a great ride out. It's about a 13K ride ach way and takes anywhere between 45 mins - 1 hr to get there, depending on the route and the speed at which you travel. I took the bike trail (seaside trail?) that goes around UBC and passed some... More

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Calgary, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

First off, this is a nude beach. You do not have to be nude, but others have the option to. You see it all, older people, children, teens and adults all baring it in the sand. I found this beach to have the nicest sand and general atmosphere. You do not find a lot of boisterous families here, causing problems... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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115 attraction reviews
390 helpful votes 390 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Myriad sun bathers -- adults and children -- flock in summer to the sandy stretch of Wreck Beach that is accessed from Trail 6 near the Museum of Anthropology. The water is invigorating and the views of mountains and distant islands, lovely. But the big attraction for many is the opportunity to go " natural" at this clothing-optional beach. When... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

This great spot minutes from downtown Vancouver is a jewel in our worldly travels, you don't have to be a nudist to enjoy this incredible world class secluded beach, although at least top less for gals is recommended. Being an ex police officer I had my druthers about ever going there..but...so glad I caved in and experienced this unique bit... More

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Fort McMurray, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This is a very interesting beach. There are stairs to the beach, but dense trees obscure the beach and the tail end of the stairs and we were staggered to find the number of stairs to be 490. It was summer and the beach was quite crowded. Water although apparently cold, actually felt quite comfortable once we got into it.... More

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