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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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Stairs nearly killed me.

First off, this is a nude beach. You do not have to be nude, but others have the option to. You see it all, older people, children, teens and adults all baring it in the sand. I... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2014
Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2014

First off, this is a nude beach. You do not have to be nude, but others have the option to. You see it all, older people, children, teens and adults all baring it in the sand. I found this beach to have the nicest sand and general atmosphere. You do not find a lot of boisterous families here, causing problems... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Myriad sun bathers -- adults and children -- flock in summer to the sandy stretch of Wreck Beach that is accessed from Trail 6 near the Museum of Anthropology. The water is invigorating and the views of mountains and distant islands, lovely. But the big attraction for many is the opportunity to go " natural" at this clothing-optional beach. When... More 

1 Thank Rumples
Edmonton, Canada
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45 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2014

This great spot minutes from downtown Vancouver is a jewel in our worldly travels, you don't have to be a nudist to enjoy this incredible world class secluded beach, although at least top less for gals is recommended. Being an ex police officer I had my druthers about ever going there..but...so glad I caved in and experienced this unique bit... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2014

This is a very interesting beach. There are stairs to the beach, but dense trees obscure the beach and the tail end of the stairs and we were staggered to find the number of stairs to be 490. It was summer and the beach was quite crowded. Water although apparently cold, actually felt quite comfortable once we got into it.... More 

1 Thank travellalone
San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 July 2014

I had heard a lot about this beach in Vancouver and decided to check it out for myself, because a) I love the beach b) I have never been to a nude beach before and want to see what it was like (out of curiosity). The beach is really a gem. It is tucked away from the city (by the... More 

1 Thank Stephanie Y
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
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22 reviews
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Reviewed 2 July 2014 via mobile

You can catch a bus from Downtown that takes you to the UBC bus loop so you get to admire the beautiful campus as you make your way to the beach. The beach itself is very nice, soft sand with minimal rock and debris and the water is not too deep. The water wasn't too cold either. Everyone seemed friendly... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

My partner and I go to Wreck Beach every trip to Vancouver, a yearly event now. It is a clothing-optional beach -- in the most stunning physical setting. There is pristine blue water ahead. Across the water, on a clear day, you can see the mountains of Vancouver Island and even the Olympic Mountains in northwest Washington State. To the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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93 reviews
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Reviewed 24 June 2014

Wreck Beach used to be a quiet beach for all to enjoy but, over time, it has become too commercialized for our taste. And there is always someone who seems to be peddling a cause and seeking approval for it. Access is also an issue for young children and those with mobility issues.

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

This "clothing optional" beach on UBC grounds can get busy on warm summer days, but usually, especially in the cooler months, it's pretty quiet. It's well maintained all year round and quite beautiful. If it's busy, be careful where you park. You'll get towed, and getting your vehicle back will be expensive.

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Reviewed 21 May 2014

This is a very good clothing optional beach and stretches 6 km in total. There is far more to Wreck beach than the main section. The water is cold all summer. Don't be rude and stare at naked people if you are dressed. That is very tacky.

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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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