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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 #35 of 184 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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Fort McMurray, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

I had heard a lot about this beach in Vancouver and decided to check it out for myself, because a) I love the beach b) I have never been to a nude beach before and want to see what it was like (out of curiosity). The beach is really a gem. It is tucked away from the city (by the... More

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Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

You can catch a bus from Downtown that takes you to the UBC bus loop so you get to admire the beautiful campus as you make your way to the beach. The beach itself is very nice, soft sand with minimal rock and debris and the water is not too deep. The water wasn't too cold either. Everyone seemed friendly... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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112 reviews 112 reviews
9 attraction reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

My partner and I go to Wreck Beach every trip to Vancouver, a yearly event now. It is a clothing-optional beach -- in the most stunning physical setting. There is pristine blue water ahead. Across the water, on a clear day, you can see the mountains of Vancouver Island and even the Olympic Mountains in northwest Washington State. To the... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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23 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Wreck Beach used to be a quiet beach for all to enjoy but, over time, it has become too commercialized for our taste. And there is always someone who seems to be peddling a cause and seeking approval for it. Access is also an issue for young children and those with mobility issues.

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Rescue, Ca.
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46 reviews 46 reviews
36 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

This "clothing optional" beach on UBC grounds can get busy on warm summer days, but usually, especially in the cooler months, it's pretty quiet. It's well maintained all year round and quite beautiful. If it's busy, be careful where you park. You'll get towed, and getting your vehicle back will be expensive.

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vancouver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

This is a very good clothing optional beach and stretches 6 km in total. There is far more to Wreck beach than the main section. The water is cold all summer. Don't be rude and stare at naked people if you are dressed. That is very tacky.

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Kitsilano, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Wreck Beach is at the base of cliffs facing in every direction around the University of BC, and accessible only via a steep but well-maintained trail. There are eagles, heron, and even the occasional otter, as there are no vehicles, and forest and marshlands support the wildlife. It is best visited in poor weather if you seek to commune with... More

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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Saw 2013 Wreck Beach Run. Participants were running to raise money to better the facilities at the beach, and it was quite a sight!!! Coming from an Asian culture, my friend was not comfortable seeing the naked bodies, but still it's something you've got to see at least once in your life.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

You have not seen all Vancouver has to offer until you've enjoyed a day at Wreck beach (summer....yes). Located near UBC on the tip of the land, the scenery is amazing. The beach has incredible life and activity. If you've never been to a clothing optional beach before then then this is a great beach to start with. You'll see... More

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