What are the best beaches near Vancouver?

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Carolyn B. Heller

Vancouver is ringed with beaches, both along the downtown peninsula and on the city’s West Side. The most popular downtown stretches of sand are the always bustling English Bay Beach (which is great for people-watching) and Second and Third Beaches in Stanley Park.

On the West Side, Kitsilano Beach is another prime people-watching spot, with both sand and grassy areas for lounging. Further west, Jericho, Locarno, and Spanish Banks Beaches are all popular with families. If you find the ocean water too cold for swimming, head for the oceanside pools at Second Beach and Kits Beach.

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