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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
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Not good for kids

Our first time to nude beach and it was interesting.....clothing is optional so don't take your kids there. And you need to go down on almost 200 stairs and go up again. If you... read more

Reviewed 22 March 2017
Edmonton, Canada
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Unless you want to see thousands of naked young people hippies Better in winter no one there dangerous at night time sort of easy access to ubc behind stairs one two portable toilets police frequent for obviuos reasons accessible from local university express buses 99 on Broadway or granville street slower buses downtown 2.75 takes about 20-30 min accessible to... More 

Thank Rob B
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6 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Studying at UBC for a year I have been lucky enough to have this beautiful beach on my doorstep and it has fast become my favourite place in the world. The sunsets are insane and although the steps can be treacherous they're always worth it. Absolutely heartbroken to be leaving this beach behind, can't wait to return one day for... More 

Thank Pari S
Vancouver, Canada
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148 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

No worries if you have cloths on, it is optional to go bare! The beach is more than 100 steps down from the University main road and totally worthy the hike back! It has a family atmosphere despite its reputation to be a naked beach. The water is cold, but lots to do!

Thank mabrondani
Denver, Colorado
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34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

We heard about Wreck beach from the bartender of a restaurant that was at the bottom floor of a building we were staying in. The trip to Vancouver was different, usually we have a set itinerary, but this time around we asked locals for things to do and places to see. At the top of her list was Wreck beach.... More 

1 Thank jemcannu
Edmonton, Canada
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59 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

Our first time to nude beach and it was interesting.....clothing is optional so don't take your kids there. And you need to go down on almost 200 stairs and go up again. If you have heart problem or high blood pressure it's too many stairs.

Thank Mona123a
Miami Beach, Florida
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506 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 279 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

People laying around nude baking in the sun .. you bet. Still a nice beach but there are only so many oily people you can stand before you feel like flipping them over with a pancake flipper. Nice vibe to the place as everyone is laid back.

1 Thank Chris S
Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Access is via a long decent down a steep staircase. The ascent at the end of your day will be an exhausting test of your endurance. Fortunately you don't need much (including a swim suit). Independent vendors stroll the beach offering organic sandwiches, treats and drinks. Done with a beverage and the can will vanish by recycling gremlins within seconds.... More 

Thank beyondORD
Ponoka, Canada
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 7 January 2017

I knew that there was a nude beach in the Vancouver area and since I had a couple extra days before the convention I decided to check it out . It was a long wrong from the bus stop to beach I went the wrong way a couple of times but eventually reach the stairs as I went down the... More 

1 Thank raindropsmlp
American West
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

I spent a number of days at Wreck Beach in the summer of 2015. I was there with my girlfriend. The location is beautiful. The water is nice and refreshing. The opportunity to swim without clothes is great. There were a lot of people enjoying that option. All in all it was a great experience. Both my girlfriend and I... More 

1 Thank manof1900
Vancouver, Canada
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13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 19 October 2016

Noisy lots of illegal drugs, naked old men if that's your taste. Now overrun with vendors and noisy young adults, not a great atmosphere if you want somewhere quiet to relax.

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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.
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