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Spanish Banks

4707 North West Marine Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1A1, Canada
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As featured in Vancouver for young kids
Ranked #11 of 181 attractions in Vancouver
Type: Beaches
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.... more » 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. « less
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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347 reviews 347 reviews
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234 helpful votes 234 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

You get to have an awesome view of Vancouvers skyline and the mountains. My friends say at low tide when you can walk forever on the sand flats, then turn around and feel you are right in the middle of the bay which seems like you walking to the freighters but I wasn’t lucky enough to experience that. It has... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The tide goes way way out here, leaving sand. Possible to walk way out into where the channel meets the tankers. Always somewhere to park. Washrooms, snackbar. Continue up NW Marine Drive to UBC and drive around a bit.

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Vancouver, Canada
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55 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

My wife and I walk the beaches of Spanish Banks every summer weekend. Best to get their early for free oceanside parking. Dogs friendly beach area and get there 30 minutes before low tide to enjoy the sand banks. . . . . . awesome ocean, city and mountain views . . . . . the absolute best!

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Vancouver, Canada
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

My favorite beach to play beach volleyball and it is more secluded than other beaches because it is harder to get to than others this one is further towards the university of British Columbia. You can take one bus here from Burrard street in down town. A must see beach

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Vancouver
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

the best views in the city Great beach, lots of activity going on, washrooms and food stands along the stretch of parking area. Make sure you bring your camera

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Vancouver, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Spanish Banks goes on forever, but it creates amazing vistas and includes great picnicking beaches. Don't be limited to the stretches by Jericho Beach. Rent a bike and explore it end to end.

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Vancouver
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36 reviews 36 reviews
10 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Lovely beach where you can do lots of things from having a picnic to volleyball to dog walking to jogging...the limit is your imagination and how legal said activity is.

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West Coast, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Locals and visitors love it. Kids are delighted by the fact that when the tide is out we can walk out on the wet sand almost to the ships at anchor in the harbour. Please don't bring a radio to this contemplative space of utter beauty.

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North Vancouver
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

Beautiful beach area with tidal sands for walking and enjoying, the views over English Bay, the city and the North shore mountains. A must in the summer months.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

There are many beaches along the sea side. But this is the best. It has grassy areas if you would like to BBQ and play on the grass. And it's more for families. If you are a younger Kits beach is where it's at. That's where all the young babes. Or if your seeking one... But Spanish banks is where... More

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