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Wreck Beach Welcomes Sun Bathers, Hikers and Bird Watchers
by Staff Writer

When the sun comes out, locals and curious visitors come to Vancouver’s world famous Wreck Beach. For some, it is a favorite because it is a clothing optional beach. Others go there because it is a great place to view the scenery and  birds, including the fabulous Blue Heron.  The  7 km beach is also home to bald eagles, kingfishers and sea lions, which I’ve never had the good chance to see. Avid fitness buffs also go there to run down the easy steps to the beach.  The easy part is going down the steps.  Going up is a bit more challenging if you are out of shape. But if you take your time, you can  make it up the steps in fifteen minutes.  There are several benches available on the way up if you get out of breath.

Don’t worry if you feel uncomfortable about nude sunbathers.  On a sunny day, you may see a handful of brave nudists. There are more people fully clothed than the nudists. Many come to sit on the beach, play the guitar and enjoy a picnic.  It is a beach that is a favorite year-round.  It is not proper etiquette to take photos of the nudists, but feel free to take pictures of the wonderful scenery.  If you want to walk and explore the beach, it is mostly a rocky area, so wear sturdy shoes.

At the area known as Tower Beach, you can see two tall instrument towers, which are relics from World War II.

At the top of the trail, especially during the summer, you will find licensed vendors selling pop and ice cream. Once down the steps, you may not see any vendors, so be sure to pack some bottled water or pop, especially if it is sunny and hot. Portable toilets are available year-round.

When you are finished visiting the area, you might want to visit the nearby University of B.C.  We usually head to the Student Union Building, where on the weekend, you can find some good campus grub, including pizza, fish and chips, burgers or poutine. All at student prices. The area is home to new condo buildings, tennis courts and an indoor  swimming pool which is also open to a paying public.

If you plan to go, Wreck Beach is easily accessible  by bus or by car. Unfortunately, the beach requires a steep hike down the stairs and is not wheel chair accessible.  Dogs are also not allowed on the beach.




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