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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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Freedom13904084786
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
There are too many people with cameras and iphones taking pictures of nude people on the beach. Never take pictures of people there should be the mantra. I have seen a tall white guy and short white lady taking pics today of nudists, always tell people to put their cameras and iphone away if they are aiming at nudists.
Written 30 March 2024
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Travel25346533585
893 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Vancouver's Secret Beach. Wreck Beach is a wonderful quite secluded Beach away from most tourists. You have to be fit to go up and down a very long staircase cut into the side of the embankment. The water can be quite warm..
Written 26 March 2024
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LexGSR
LexGSR201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I have traveled to many clothing optional beaches, so that's key context. In general, nude people on a beach bring out a friendly vibe and expressions of delight. Wreck Beach is no different, so my comments below are relative to other beaches, not absolute. If you'll be in Vancouver, and you get good weather, go to Wreck Beach.

Pro:
It's a clothing optional beach. (HUGE)
It's generally clean
The vibe is positive, and often made more so by THC
Very friendly regulars
Little/no riffraff due to difficulty getting there

Con:
It's 475 steps down to the beach
Very limited facilities
No lifeguards
The water is cold (Men, remember George Costanza)
It's 475 steps back up at the end of the day

I usually say that the worst part of going to a nude beach is putting you clothes back on at the end of the day. But at Wreck Beach, those steps...

Written 8 September 2023
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esavino57
Mesa, AZ32 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
It is a beautiful beach, but you have to take hundreds of steps down to the sand and return up those same steps. There is a warning sign about 2/3 of the way down stating that it is a clothing optional beach. My 15 year old grand-daughter was uncomfortable with the nudity, but we were able to find a place away from others to enjoy the water. There were umbrellas for rent, but there are no chairs. Several decent options for food.
Written 1 August 2023
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Salsri
London, UK88 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
A lovely beach close to the Universty campus in Vancouver.

After coming down the steep steps I discovered Wreck Beach where the clothing optional signage attracted a group of naturists. There were no facilities, so if you venture down there expect to see sun worshipers seeking an all over tan and take any refreshments you might require. It was quite pleasant experience and with Canada's relaxed laws relating to cannabis sativa I noticed a familiar aroma. However, there was no pressure and it proved a very relaxing afternoon, although if you're looking for golden sands you wil be disappointed.

Oh, and the climb back up the steps is quite a challenge.
Written 3 December 2022
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Alexandra T
Murrieta, CA1,873 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Yes, there are almost 500 stairs to get down to the beach(and of course to get back up). The beach is clothing optional which is more common in Europe than North America. There are lots of logs spread out on the beach for people to sit, lean back and drink, play guitar and watch the sunset.
Written 10 October 2022
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chuck g
Olympia, WA21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
I'm going to miss my yearly visit to this little paradise. I'll miss my Wreck Beach friends and my doses of nudity, that keeps my free spirit afloat. See you next time!
Written 23 July 2020
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Fearless383186
Burk's Falls, Canada1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
There are 500 stairs to get to and from this beach. There is a nice view. The beach is certainly unique.
Written 9 February 2020
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vanisle_al
Vancouver Island, Canada299 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
Back in the sixties this beach was famous because it was one of North America's few nudist beaches. It is harder to get to than Vancouver's other beaches so it is less busy.
Written 23 January 2020
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Terry P
Coquitlam, Canada347 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
don't want to sunbath, go for a winter walk, beach makes for a great winter walk, great views of the north shore mountains and opportuntiy to view local wildlife
Written 22 January 2020
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