Spanish Banks Beach

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Spanish Banks Beach
Spanish Banks Beach
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Key Info

4801 Northwest Marine Dr.

Price & Hours

Sunrise-sunset daily


Beaches, Recreation, Free Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 5.0Atmosphere

Spanish Banks boasts a few features that set it apart from the city's other beloved shorelines. Thanks to its location about 5 miles northwest of downtown Vancouver, Spanish Banks is the least crowded and most quiet. It's also the best place to try your hand at skimboarding – a cross between surfing and skateboarding – due to the low tidal conditions (at low tide the water is more than half a mile off shore). If the ocean water is too chilly, there are plenty of volleyball courts available for pick-up games. Visitors call the beach beautiful and say exploring at low tide can be lots of fun, especially for kids.

The easiest way to reach Spanish Banks is by car, but several bus routes also service the area. Parking is free from Oct. 1 to March 31. The rest of the year, it costs CA$3.50 (about $2.70) an hour or CA$13 (around $10) for the day. To find out more about the facilities offered at the beach, consult the Vancouver Parks and Recreation website.

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