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Spanish Banks Beaches

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Spanish Banks Beaches - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT

Panorama taken from one of the Spanish Banks beaches on the south side of English Bay in Vancouver. The day was clouding over, but there were still good views across the Burrard Inlet to North Vancouver and the mountains beyond. Virtual tour taken in early June 2012.

Spanish Banks Beaches - FURTHER INFORMATION

Spanish Banks Beaches - Vancouver visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Spanish Banks Beaches' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from British Columbia.

The Spanish Banks Beaches were named by early European Spanish explorers in the 1770s and are considered to be among the best beaches in Vancouver. The beaches lie between Locarno Beach and University of British Columbia on the southern shores of English Bay. They are off the regular tourist track and therefore usually quieter than English Bay Beach and the beaches of Stanley Park and the West End.

The beaches here are on the Seaside Seawall system, all have lifeguards between Victoria Day and Labour Day and, at the time of writing, free parking. They are popular for windsurfing and kite-surfing because of the shallow waters that stretch out for quite a distance. At low tide vast flats are exposed, especially around Spanish Beach West. The three beaches found here are:

  • Spanish Bank East Beach - found west of Tolmie Street on Northwest Marine Drive it has eight sand volleyball courts, picnic tables, BBQs permitted, refreshment stand and is popular for skimboarding.
  • Spanish Bank West Beach - located west of Spanish Bank East on Northwest Marine Drive with eight sand volleyball courts, BBQs permitted, washroom, concession stand, picnic areas and is designated a quiet beach (no amplified music allowed).
  • Spanish Bank Extension - found west of Spanish Bank West on Northwest Marine Drive, BBQs permitted and a Dogs off leash area.

Running behind all the beaches is an open grassy area.


Bus: Spanish Banks Loop (C19)

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