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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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Good walk down; fine beach

If you walk down by the botanical gardens there is a small beach; then a walk between the trees for about 20 minutes walk to the beach. The walk is fun and there is a small beach... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Reykjavik, Iceland
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you walk down by the botanical gardens there is a small beach; then a walk between the trees for about 20 minutes walk to the beach. The walk is fun and there is a small beach on the way. The beach it self is 3 and a half star. There are alot of logs on the beach and between... More 

Thank gudrunjj
San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the reasons my nephew and I visited this beach was the challenge of going down the ~500+ steps from the street to the beach. It was on a weekend afternoon and it was very crowded. The beach itself was ordinary, nothing to brag about except for the "clothing optional" aspect. Mostly younger people were naked, but there were... More 

Thank Edgar I
Calgary, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

\\\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.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016

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 August 17, 2016 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 July 26, 2016

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.

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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.