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Spanish Banks

Address: 4707 North West Marine Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1A1, Canada
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Ranked #28 of 231 Activities in Vancouver
Activities: Jogging, Sailing, Hiking
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This expansive beach offers fantastic picnicking opportunities, swimming, beach volleyball, or...
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Activities: Jogging, Sailing, Hiking
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.

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Bellingham, Washington
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338 reviews 338 reviews
84 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

One of my many favorite spots in Vancouver with miles of beaches, walkways, and unhindered views into the coastal mountains as well as of the great silhouette of the city of Vancouver. Great spot for a pick nick.

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North Vancouver, Canada
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16 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This is a great dog beach. Safe, clean and lots of space for dogs and their humans. We had a picnic lunch and our dog enjoyed his play time, especially at the beach. Charmaine Hammond Team Toby's Paws Across Canada Tour

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Vancouver, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Miles of uninterrupted, barely-developed beach. Long shallow tidal area. Usual dangers of undertow or sudden holes opening up if you walk too far out. But a lovely, lovely place to tan, picnic or play volleyball at one of the many City-installed nets. Some lifeguarding during conventional hours.

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Vancouver, Canada
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24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We often meet friends at Spanish Banks for potluck dinners on Friday evenings in the summer. Can't think of a better way to connect with family and friends. Both kids and adults have a wonderful time enjoying the stunning vistas and the large grassy area to play and relax. So lucky to have this right in the centre of the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Regardless of the time of the year, this is a great place to go for a walk on the beach and in the park and to enjoy the vista -- great views of the ocean, north shore mountains, and Vancouver. Though the food choice is limited, there is a nice place to get coffee or tea.

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

It's a giant beach with lots of park space to play bocce or volleyball. Set up your hibachi and hang out with your friends. Usually lots of parking but traffic can be a bit messy on the way out

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Coquitlam, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

As a citizen living on the far side of the lower mainland, I make it a point to steal a day off or two each year to plant my feet in the sand here and enjoy the view. With a picnic lunch and a friend, or a visit to the concession for very decent fish and chips and other options,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

An amazing place to walk and enjoy the outdoors. Such an easy and beautiful trail, and not too busy. It was very relaxing.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Peaceful, not many people there on a cold November day during the week. The views were spectacular with the ships on the water and the fog rolling in.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Spanish banks-the closest family beach to UBC is an amazing place to just relax yourselves after a hectic day. A 3 km walk from UBC or a 20 minute bus ride from Downtown Vancouver lands you in Spanish banks. The view from there is incredible and one can fall in love with serene atmosphere.

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