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Wreck Beach

University Land Endowments
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Address: 6344 University Blvd | (Foot of Spanish Banks), Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z2, Canada
Phone Number: 604-856-9598
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Around 440 steps down, lovely beach, clothing optional......

We didn't realise this beach is optional nudist. We went down the many steps though the forest to be greeted by some folks surveying the appetite for nude beaches. A woman behind... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Julia M
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Calgary, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I just came back from Wreck beach. First time to the nude beach but I was aware that people will be naked there. Well, it was not bad. Fine. The sand was mixed with branches and some unknown trashes everywhere so it was not that soft between my toes. I have to mention this first though- I don't know why... More 

Thank JM K
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Guess I'm just jaded, not easily shocked, or more refined but either way this is a great way to experience "something different" :)

Thank MamaRoxy
Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

\\\there are cleaner beaches, This is popular but I don't want to hang around a bunch of naked people jumping around. and I am uncomfortable people staring at me. Its not like Paris.

Thank ahha2014
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We didn't realise this beach is optional nudist. We went down the many steps though the forest to be greeted by some folks surveying the appetite for nude beaches. A woman behind us was taking photos of the view across to Vancouver Island and there followed an irate exchange, during which they tried to force her to delete all her... More 

Thank Julia M
Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Did you know this was a nude beach? Well, I didn't, only a mild shock, I was still panting from the 400+ steps we walked down. Really quite a cool beach - lots of logs scattered as if Pail Bunyan threw them. Seriously, if you go, wear sneakers to do the steps and flip flops or water shoes to walk... More 

Thank Sara T
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live near Wreck Beach and so spend a lot of time on the beach in the cooler months. There are between 200-400 steps down the cliffs, depending on your access point, and there are no facilities at beach level. The beach is quite crowded on hot summer days, and there is a wide variety of people who use it.... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

This clothing optional beach is amazingly beautiful and makes for a great place to spend an entire day. Also makes you work out with all the stairs that you have to climb! It's perfect as there were very few people and is a secluded quiet place just the way I like it :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

Abundance of sea life and activities for children. My son especially loved the log "camps". Parking was limited and I would imagine on a sunny day it could be very busy, but we had most of the beach to ourselves. I will dream of coming back to Wreck Beach. Our family loved it.

Thank waitaminutesally
Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Wreck beach is an unique place, a great way to spend a summer day. There is nothing like being free and nude in a public place, jumping into the ocean, nude, was one of the greatest experiences of my life.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Having been to nude beaches all over the world I have to say this one has some uniqueness to it. The word "retro" certainly comes to mind as you feel like you've stepped into the '70's and the hippie generation is alive and well :) Parking: I went on a Tues in June of '16 at 1:00 pm. The Beach... More 

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University Land Endowments
An area as rich in history as it is in natural beauty, the expansive parkland of the University Land Endowments is protected by the city in cooperation with the University of British Columbia. A large green space studded by rose gardens, Japanese rock gardens, botanic gardens, canopy walks, regional parkland, and hiking trails, the University Land Endowments are a breath of fresh air. Combining a commitment to preserving nature with a similar promise to preserve culture, its valleys are also home to the First Nations heritage museum, the biodiversity museum, and anthropological and memorial exhibitions. From its highest canopies to the sandy shorelines of Wreck Beach, its serenity is preserved by the University buildings that dot it, combining Mother Nature and scholarship.