Spanish Banks Beach
NW Marine Drive at Blanca, Vancouver, BC
We have to hand it to them; the Spanish sailors of old sure knew how to pick their beaches.
Profile Last Updated: February 03, 2009
Just West of the busy Jericho beach, the tamer Spanish Banks is popular with families with small children. In fact, it is home to three of the city’s superior beaches – Spanish Banks East, Spanish Banks West, and Spanish Banks Extension. The low tide reveals miles of sandy beach spotted with warm, shallow tidal pools that are perfect for a child's first ocean experience. More of a family environment than the neighbouring Kitsilano beach, Spanish Banks is full of children flying their kites, with shovels and pails in tow. Concession stands dot the beach and the wafting aroma of French fries and vinegar is guaranteed to have anyone’s mouth watering in a matter or moments, whether they are a health-conscious beachgoer or not.
One of the Few Places Where "Go Fly a Kite" is Not an Insult.
A path brimming with joggers and cyclists separates the beach, and grassy areas are ideal for picnicking and tossing the disc. The Seawall winds all the way from Jericho to Spanish Banks, but prudes should beware. Wander too far west, and you’ll find yourselves surrounded by naked flesh at the clothing-optional Wreck Beach.
Don't Miss Out
Pull up a log and watch the sun fall behind the Point Atkinson Lighthouse - this western facing beach is one of the best spots in the city for sundowners. If you don’t fancy cavorting alongside our canine friends, steer clear of Spanish Banks West, where dogs are allowed.