Summer in Vancouver at its Three Western Beaches

One of my favourite places to be in the summer is at home in the city. Vancouver (and points south along the Washington and Oregon coasts) have gloriously mild summers where people start complaining if it gets above 28°C/85°F.

Of course, when it does get hot, you can just go down to the beach. My favourites are the three West Side beaches of Jericho Beach, which turns into Locarno Beach, which turns into Spanish Banks.

We love to check for really low tide and then go mucking in the tidal flats along Spanish Banks. Here’s some low tide stats and a message: ‘It’s summer! Wear sunscreen. Drink water.’
Spanish Banks Low Tide TableWalking along the tidal flats one might see all kinds of sea birds. Cue the bald eagle.Cue the Bald Eagle at Spanish BanksOr you might see someone catching up with their social networking during a kayak stop.
Spanish Banks Beach at Low Tide: Kayak Stop for a Bit of Social NetworkingOr kids doing all manner of kid things, swimming, throwing mud at each other, skim boarding, building sandcastles and generally being kids.
Spanish Banks Beach at Low Tide This year, for the first time, we used the iPhone to see how far we’d walked while the tide was out. And the answer was 7.8 km. That deserves a beer and oysters at the Jericho Sailing Club, which is the next beach over from Locarno.
Oysters & Beer at the Jericho Sailing ClubThis is what you see looking down from the Jericho Sailing Club while devouring oysters and beer. They have opportunities for inexpensive sailing, paddle boarding and windsurfing.
rental at Jericho Jericho Sailing Club On the way back to the car from the Jericho Sailing Club we come upon the beach volleyball courts.
Spanish Banks beach volleyballThis is disorganized sports at its best; first come first served at the few dozen courts spread along Vancouver’s beaches.
Spanish Banks beach volleyballIf you don’t want to splash out for a meal you can always go for a picnic. There are lots of driftwood ‘tables’ along the beach, as well as bbqs.
Spanish Banks: Picnic on the Beach The lifeguards have long days but they don’t seem to be complaining.
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