Spanish Banks

Spanish Banks, Vancouver: Address, Spanish Banks Reviews: 4.5/5

Spanish Banks
4.5
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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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Neighborhood: West Point Grey
West Point Grey is one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, especially known for its easygoing and admired beachfronts. Locals crowd the Spanish Banks and Jericho Beach, especially in the summer, where a sprawling view of the English Bay awaits. The central village is an oasis of sovereign shops, many of them in local operation for years. The neighbourhood has a more personal feeling to it, and can be a wonderful and much-needed break from the bustle of big-city life, being a little haven of peace and quiet with an almost village temperament in the heart of Vancouver.
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RogueTowel
Vancouver, Canada50 contributions
Simply a great beach in an urban area (without feeling too much like the city)
Jun 2021
Good beach with amazing views and lots of amenities. Before you go know that it's pay parking, very popular and can get busy, but is fairly long, so there's usually at least some room to swim and sit (if not park).
Written June 28, 2021
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Maggie May
Regina, Canada810 contributions
Beautiful area
Aug 2020
Lovely area to walk around. Beautiful view of the ocean and the mountains. Best on a sunny day, but also lovely to get out and walk on a cloudy, cool day.
Written August 23, 2020
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S F
Vancouver, Canada206 contributions
Spanish Banks Wret Concession Stand: What a View
Aug 2019 • Family
It is difficult to decide what rating to give the Spanish Banks West Concession Stand.
Tough to beat the view one gets seated at the outdoor tables, provided close to the order counter - a view spectacular, even as compared to the many great views along this beach strip, which extends from the first beach one reaches after driving down from U.B.C. campus to the last beach after Kits Beach, just ahead of Burrard Bridge.
But food is limited, at later times being just package goods like crisps, cookies & some drinks, which was what we had as we arrived close to closing time.
Hot foods such as burgers & hotdogs are available but we were told emphatically that was not an option. It was not that late - early part of a misty late summer evening.
One knows one does not argue with, indeed beseech or beg ,when staff are packing up ahead of the shutters not down yet but coming down shortly.
Same with Canada Post outlets.
One gets a snake of the head in either case.
Service was not great - if one wants friendly outside service with staff willing to go the extra mile to make customers happy go to Japadog.
We settled for packaged goods they just passed to us. But the view & location were perfect - a five-star rating.
We - my wonderful son, his two terrific children &me had just come from an exhilarating time at U.B.C.’s new swimming facility, followed by an exploration of the campus, very changed from the one we knew as students in the 1990s,- my son then doing an undergraduate premed B.Sc. & me an interdisciplinary .PhD , followed by teaching as an adjunct professor into the early 2000s.
As I said to my son as we looked almost in disbelief at all the new development; if dropped from a helicopter blind folded at Oxford, or Cambridge or Harvard, I could tell which campus I was on when the blindfold came off &I knew them not as a full-time student, as I was at U,B. C, but as places visited with friends at them or, in the case of Oxford & Cambridge, when I stayed in residences white presenting papers at conferences.
U,B,C was so drastically changed that I was unsure I would recognize it once the blindfold was removed.
Neither of us are anti-development but surprised at just how many chains etc, were located on campus.
My son has to try hard to point out buildings he had had classes in to his children as he told them of the great times he had had as a student, & I, too, recognized little from what I knew from walks then across campus. Don’t even think of blindfolds on Spanish Banks!
Posted by S Fuller
Written April 3, 2020
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SMH-BC-CDA
British Columbia, Canada3 contributions
lovely spot
Sep 2019
Sit on/beside a log and read a book, have a picnic. Dinner/evening will provide an amazing view of the sunset. Bike to this spot on the nearby path, wade in the water to cool off. Enjoy the view of the north shore and downtown.
Written March 5, 2020
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Wilson L
Coquitlam, Canada2,744 contributions
Beautiful beach
Sep 2019
It's a great beach to check out. Super nice area, highly recommend it. Great views and nicely maintained.
Written February 9, 2020
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LauwersS
Stabroek, Belgium79 contributions
Impressive
Sep 2019
This beach is very impressive. You have a beautifull panorama when you're walking on this beach. Parkingspace more than enough.
Written October 21, 2019
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just0netraveler
Victoria, Canada247 contributions
A nice area West of Kitsilano Beach
Sep 2019
A nice walk along the sea West of Kitsilano Beach will get you to a quieter area.
Beautiful scenery and if you keep going you end up in Pt Grey and can see the parks in the area.
Lovely beaches and a great place to enjoy a sunset!
Written October 5, 2019
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Rosemary P
Vancouver, Canada18 contributions
Chai and the Sea: Best way to start my day
Sep 2019
I like to get a Chai, grab my best friend, and go for a long leisurly walk along Spanish Banks in the mornings. The weather is cool, few people on the beach, dogs running in the dog park, gulls, waves, and good conversation. If we are not watching the waves and birds, commenting on the small sail boats racing across the harbour, listening to the wind, we are talking talking talking. This beach has a way of brining out good conversation, meaningful dialogue, and very silly storeis.
Best way to start my day
Written September 11, 2019
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vekel
Vancouver, Canada263 contributions
Favorite Stroll
Aug 2019
Bike or stroll its brautiful. Not as crowded as some walks in Vancouver. Not a whole lot of shade or seating. Great for picnics and plenty of psrking.
Written September 4, 2019
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Kraig M
Annapolis, MD799 contributions
Sandy Surprise!
Aug 2019
If I did not spend summers at Nags Head I probably would have given this 5 stars. Never would I have thought that a nice sandy beach would be just outside the city limits. Ample parking, restrooms and space. The line of beaches also has food joints along the walkway. A little bit of trash and debris but not much. People, as everywhere it seems in Canada, were friendly. The water is cold but seemed clean, and you can wade out quite some distance.
Written August 11, 2019
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