Each time summer draws near, we’re reminded of thousands of kilometres of British Columbia coastline and countless panoramic destinations to visit. This year might feel different, but it doesn’t mean you should cancel your summer plans!
As the quarantine restrictions ease up, the following months can be a good time for us to safely explore our local communities and enjoy their beaches. Living in Metro Vancouver also means that most of the excellent sunset spots and panoramic destinations are just under an hour away by public transit. We’ve compiled a list of awesome transit-friendly spots for you to check out this summer.
While visiting public outdoor spaces, please don’t forget to maintain at least 2 metres (6 feet) from others. Note lifeguards are not on duty at certain beaches and some facilities may remain close. We advice that you to check the official websites before planning your trips.
1. White Pine Beach
How to get there: Bus 150
Location: Sasamat Lake, Port Moody
If you want to go for swimming, consider checking out the White Pine Beach on Sasamat Lake. Sasamat Lake is one of the warmest in Greater Vancouver and the beach is located just a few minutes outside of Coquitlam in Belcarra Regional Park. It’s a family-friendly spot that has great walking trails, a beach area and swimming in the lake.
2. White Rock Beach
How to get there: Buses 361, 362
Location: Marine Drive, White Rock
A beautiful gem located just a few kilometres north of the US border and only 35 minutes south of the City of Vancouver, BC. White Rock is known for it’s sandy beaches and stunning sunsets. The 2.5 km long beach promenade, which connects west beach and east beach at the ocean’s side, will offer you a nice stroll.
3. Centennial Beach
How to get there: Bus 619
Location: 541, Centennial Parkway, Delta
If you live nearby or want to avoid the Vancouver crowds – this is a perfect destination for you! Located in Boundary Bay Regional Park, this spot has sandy beaches, salt marshes, tidal flats and lagoons.
4. Barnet Marine Park
How to get there: Bus 160
Location: 8181 Barnet Road, Burnaby
Barnet Marine Park is located on the Burrard Inlet and offers ocean swimming, walking trails and dog off-leash area. Whether you prefer an early morning walk, or views of the setting sun, this park and beach have something for everyone.
5. Ambleside Park Beach
Note: The beach is undergoing annual clean-up and log removal. Please check the official website for further updates.
How to get there: Buses 250, 253
Location: 1150, Marine Drive, West Vancouver
Ambleside Park Beach offers a stunning view of Stanley Park and Lions Gate Bridge. This is one of the dog-friendly destinations with large off-leash area for dogs that you can visit with your furry friend. Another perk includes a large waterfront walking path that stretches throughout the park.
6. Crescent Beach
How to get there: Buses 351
Location: Sullivan Street, South Surrey
Visit Crescent Beach for a fun day on the seaside! It is a beautiful family-friendly beach and residential area in South Surrey not far from White Rock. Enjoy swimming, scenic views from the pier and nature trails. Dogs are not allowed along the walkway at Crescent Beach from May 15 to September 15, as per municipal bylaws.