Jericho Beach & Spanish Banks, Vancouver
During my past three stays with in Laws, i have had the opportunity to stretch my legs and walk off some of the extra cholesterol from Dim Sums and Cantonese restaurant meals.
From across the West Point Grey Community centre/ Aberthau Cultural Centre.
Being the early waker, what better than to spend the hour or two then return back in time for a hot cuppa, and breakfast.
the options are head for Jericho Pier, turn eft along NW Marine drive, then Spanish Banks. The walk along the i de-stressing and calming down the monkey upstairs. Whilst the details of my Zoology and botany 1 have disappeared, i still am able to be awed by Mother Earth-Nature's handiwork, every step allows one to reconnect.
Othertimes, it is up the hill to see the rapidly upgrading or total replacement of near heritage homes for the sake of Glitz and Glam to be bigger and better eg. the Concrete and glass monsters eg. Belmont and the block of Blanca North orPoint Grey Road or am i just being sour grapes for not being able to build and own similar Architectural Digest mansions?
Just sitting with the trees and weathered pieces of wood, a pebbles and rock smoothened by tje tides perpetual motions and grains of sand under my soles and between toes, with the many sounds of nature. with simple foods sans caviar, truffles and bubbly is my choice . . . .
C19 for NW MArine Drive to Spanish Banks and UBC
4, 84 along West Broadway take Balaclava to see the Harmonious use of concrete aalss and instant gardens to blend into a pleasant Heritage area
One of my favorite beaches in Vancouver, next to Wreck Beach and Spanish Banks. Rather than a place of "fun" its had much more of a spiritual draw for me personally, as it was a place of engagement as well as a place of celebrating my divorce. It was also a place where I awoke one night while sleeping on it next to a campfire with some international friends and discovering that I needed to move to Vancouver. So it has been a place of many beginnings and endings as well as transitions for me. Also one of my best friends live in the community embarked upon the beach, so its often a place where I stay when in Vancouver. Jericho Beach to others is well known for its naturally sandy beaches nestled amongst treed copses and ponds. The first settlers in the area created a village here called "Ee'yullmough". Then in the 1860's, Jeremiah Rogers set up a logging camp here called "Jerry's Cove" which later evolved into the name "Jericho". Vancouver's first golf course was then built here until the Department of Defence in the 1930's took it over for development of a seaplane base which once housed numerous hangars along this shoreline. The Park Board took it over in the 1970's when it was developed into a public beach/park. On the east end is populated with beach goers and sunbathers while the west end is popularly used by sailboaters and windsurfers. There is a seaside seawall system along this beach, there is also a concession, washroom, play fields, tennis courts, picnic tables, a very popular Youth Hostel, a Sailing Center, and a lifeguard from late May until early September. There is also a swimming raft during swim season.
Jericho Beach borders the infamous Kitslano and Point Grey. Every summer there are major festivals held here. Rating: 5 stars out of 5.
Jericho Beach is a nice area of sand overlooking the bay and towards Vancouver.
Here you are close to the University of British Columbia and a fair distance away from town. And well I felt the distance did give me a sense of separation from everyday life, so I guess the visit here was a success.
The beach itself is the standard gray sand of Vancouver but thats not too big a concern. And the water I can only assume to be cold. I for one wouldn't go swimming. Then you also need to get used to the view issue. The view to the container ships is off putting. But alas it is what Vancouver has to offer. Next to the beach is a quaint nature reserve which one can walk around. Many of the locals here walk their dogs around the park. No dogs are allowed on the beach.
The beach has its own kiosk where you can get hot dogs, fish and chips, and hamburgers. I personally went for the small chips at $2.75 which was fair value. I took a seat and fed the seagulls and other birds.
Note I visited here in April. The weather has only just started to get warmer. I have no doubt during the height of summer this is a happening place of people sunning themselves, and families.
I find this is the best beach in Vancouver as it has easy parking and also it is a lot less crowded than Kitsilano beach. There are toilet facilities and several places where you can buy something to eat or drink. Personally I find it better to fill a cooler with some cold ones and bring a sandwich!
Ok,ok.... so your definately gonna go to Kits beach but make sure you take a walk along Jericho or Spanish Banks !! If you do decide to check out Jericho be sure to pop into the Jericho Sailing center for a tasty lunch on the 2nd floor of the building (recommended on a sunny day so you can eat outside). I highly recommend grabbing a of couple cold ones and chowing down on some of curly 'beerbatter' fries that they got there. You won't be disappointed ! Asside from that you get to enjoy a nice view, a calming breeze from the inlet and as expected, some great sun !! After this scoot over to Eco-Marine kayaks to do a little paddling or breaking out the old sailing skills to test yourself against our raging winds !!! Runners: rejoice ! because jericho / spanish banks is an excellent place to go for a run.... 1) start of path to the last concession and back is ~ 5km 2)to the anchor and back is probably like 6.5-7 clicks 3)for a nice 10km same starting point but head up the hill towards ubc (the path seems sketchy at first but gets better) follow this hill as it loops around the forest and at the top you'll encounter a rock formation (it's actually on the otherside of the road), this is your turn around point !
Between Jericho Beach and the UBC shoreline, there is stretch of sand known as Spanish Banks. It's one of the best areas to enjoy an unpretentious game of beach volleyball (as opposed to English Bay where the local poseurs go to show off their pecs and/or silicone transplants), or walk/rollerblade/bicycle with your sweetheart without fighting the huge crowds that jostle along the Seawall.
Over the past two summers there has been an unfortunate political fight between recreational users of the area and the local (rich) residents, who would like the area kept free of anything remotely fun. While city council is renowned for its near sighted decisions, Spanish Banks to this day remains one of the best spots for mingling with 20- and 30-somethings with a taste for summer fun.
And on these uncrowded beaches you can sit yourself down on one of the many log seats. This one is called Jericho Beach on English Bay.
- detailed info thanks to Carmanah