Kits beach, which starts north of Cornwall Street, features a restaurant, concession stand, enormous saltwater swimming pool (open from Victoria Day weekend to mid-September), playground, basketball court, tennis courts, volleyball nets during the warm seasons, seawall, ocean swimming access, public washrooms, an off-leash area, grassy park areas, and the Maritime Museum and H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. Pay parking only.
There is plenty to do at Jericho Beach, which includes a gorgeous park with a wildlife pond that is home to ducks, geese, turtles, herons, red-winged blackbirds, and more. In addition to a sandy beach and gorgeous mountain and ocean views, there are tennis courts and playing fields for team sports; picnic tables and a concession stand; a huge wild blackberry patch where you can pick berries and see wild rabbits; and places to rent canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and skimboards or book windsurfing lessons. Those with disabilities can reserve specialized beach wheelchairs that travel more easily over sand. Jericho beach is located at the west end of Point Grey Road. Pay parking only.
Locarno Beach and Spanish Banks East and West
Locarno Beach, located on Northwest Marine Drive between Discovery Street and Tolmie Street, is a sandy, quiet beach (no amplified sound allowed). Parking is free, public washrooms are available, and in addition to park areas, ocean swimming access, and beautiful views, the beach features volleyball courts, a swimming raft, picnic tables, and a concession stand, and is very close to the Jericho Sailing Centre where you can rent kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards.
Spanish Banks, which is situated along Northwest Marine Drive, west of Tolmie Street, is actually two beaches – Spanish Banks East and Spanish Banks West, plus an extension area beyond the West Beach zone. The beaches feature concession stands, public washrooms, picnic tables, and volleyball courts. Spanish Banks West, which is a designated quiet beach (no amplified sound) has an off-leash area and a kiteboard launching site in the extension zone. Parking is free and barbecues are permitted.
Wreck Beach is a clothing optional beach, located near the University of British Columbia. See the Wreck Beach page for more information.
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