Wreck Beach Foreshore West (Acadia Beach)

Vancouver, British Columbia

Acadia Beach is located between Spanish Banks and Wreck Beach on the northwest tip of the University of British Columbia.

From the parking lot there is an easy trail leading down to the beach. This beach ranges from sandy to rocky with lots of logs. There are a few places where you have to scramble over the logs. This terrain makes Acadia Beach less popular with sunbathers and perfect for walking along. There are quite a few nice spots to explore tidal pools and take photos.

There is no official trail on the beach, however by wandering west you will reach Tower Beach which is marked by two WWII Watch Towers built to look for Japanese submarines. Beyond Tower Beach lies Wreck Beach, Vancouver's only official nude beach.

There are several paths leading up from the beach to the top of the bluffs. Trail #4 actually comes out behind the UBC Museum of Anthropology. Walking back to the parking lot along the bluffs has some great views of Georgia Strait and the opening of Burrard Inlet.

There is no official trail on the beach, however by wandering west you will reach Tower Beach which is marked by two WWII Watch Towers built to look for Japanese submarines. Beyond Tower Beach lies Wreck Beach, Vancouver's only official nude beach.

DIRECTIONS:
The parking lot is just off of NW Marine Drive on the north side of the road. Parking lot gates are supposedly closed between 5 pm and 8 am.

FIRST NATIONS HISTORY:
Wreck Beach Foreshore West (Acadia Beach) is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam First Nation. The Musqueam have lived on this land since time immemorial. This area was known as “Ulksen” or “the nose” as it described the shape of the extending portion of the peninsula. The land and waters here have always been a place of knowledge for the Musqueam, where they would educate and train their youth. The sea was used for canoe pulling and fishing, the forest for hunting and gathering, and the beaches for crabbing.

The Point Grey cliffs acted as a place of defense. The Musqueam had specially selected people who were called “runners” that would stand guard on these tall cliffs. They would be on the lookout for incoming invaders from the north, particularly the Squamish and the Haida of Vancouver Island and the Queen Charlotte Islands. The runners would have to decide if these incomers were friends or enemies, and would sprint through trails in the forests to alert their tribal members. If the incomers were deemed to be enemies, the Musqueam defense would counter the aggressor by embarking war canoes and warding off the invasion.

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time

  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 28th, 2021. Fraser Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on October 4th, 2021 at 1:55 PM.
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Current Weather
13°C
Cloudy with a few clear breaks
Monitoring Frequency

Wreck Beach Foreshore West (Acadia Beach) is sampled weekly from May 10th to October 10th.

Source Information

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) monitors the water quality at 31 Vancouver-area beaches. Sampling is conducted during the height of swim season (May – September) and for the annual Polar Bear Swim (December).

VCH follows the Canadian Recreational Water Guidelines. Recreational water is considered safe if the geometric mean result is under 200 E.coli/100mL based on the previous last five samples or a single sample limit of under 400 E.coli/100mL. Should the results exceed the guidelines or in the event of a known hazard or spill, the Medical Health Officer will make an assessment of the risk to human health. If there is a risk to human health, a warning sign will be posted at the beach stating “This Water is Contaminated and Unsafe for Swimming.” Results are communicated on the Vancouver Coastal Health website. Data is shared on Swim Guide according to these results, as soon as they become available. Data is typically available on Thursdays or Fridays

Recreational water quality for a beach is determined by E. coli counts from the Greater Vancouver Regional District Water Quality Laboratory.

A beach is marked Green when geometric mean results are under 200 E.coli/100 mL and single sample results are below 400 E.coli/100mL.

A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean results are equal to or above 200 E.coli/100 mL water or single sample results are above 400 E.coli/100 mL.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information

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Wreck Beach Foreshore West (Acadia Beach)

Vancouver, British Columbia

COVID-19

Keep your distance from other people.

Practicing social distancing is still essential. Only go to the beach if you are able to keep 6 feet or 2 meters away from others. Follow the instructions provided by your local health authorities. If your community has asked that you remain indoors and away from others, do so. Spending a day in any crowded place is the worst thing we can do for our most vulnerable right now and will counter our efforts to curb the virus’s spread.

Water Quality
  • Passed water quality tests at least 95% of the time
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on September 28th, 2021. Fraser Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on October 4th, 2021 at 1:55 PM.
For water quality icon legend, click:  
Current Weather
13°C
Cloudy with a few clear breaks

Acadia Beach is located between Spanish Banks and Wreck Beach on the northwest tip of the University of British Columbia.

From the parking lot there is an easy trail leading down to the beach. This beach ranges from sandy to rocky with lots of logs. There are a few places where you have to scramble over the logs. This terrain makes Acadia Beach less popular with sunbathers and perfect for walking along. There are quite a few nice spots to explore tidal pools and take photos.

There is no official trail on the beach, however by wandering west you will reach Tower Beach which is marked by two WWII Watch Towers built to look for Japanese submarines. Beyond Tower Beach lies Wreck Beach, Vancouver's only official nude beach.

There are several paths leading up from the beach to the top of the bluffs. Trail #4 actually comes out behind the UBC Museum of Anthropology. Walking back to the parking lot along the bluffs has some great views of Georgia Strait and the opening of Burrard Inlet.

There is no official trail on the beach, however by wandering west you will reach Tower Beach which is marked by two WWII Watch Towers built to look for Japanese submarines. Beyond Tower Beach lies Wreck Beach, Vancouver's only official nude beach.

DIRECTIONS:
The parking lot is just off of NW Marine Drive on the north side of the road. Parking lot gates are supposedly closed between 5 pm and 8 am.

FIRST NATIONS HISTORY:
Wreck Beach Foreshore West (Acadia Beach) is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam First Nation. The Musqueam have lived on this land since time immemorial. This area was known as “Ulksen” or “the nose” as it described the shape of the extending portion of the peninsula. The land and waters here have always been a place of knowledge for the Musqueam, where they would educate and train their youth. The sea was used for canoe pulling and fishing, the forest for hunting and gathering, and the beaches for crabbing.

The Point Grey cliffs acted as a place of defense. The Musqueam had specially selected people who were called “runners” that would stand guard on these tall cliffs. They would be on the lookout for incoming invaders from the north, particularly the Squamish and the Haida of Vancouver Island and the Queen Charlotte Islands. The runners would have to decide if these incomers were friends or enemies, and would sprint through trails in the forests to alert their tribal members. If the incomers were deemed to be enemies, the Musqueam defense would counter the aggressor by embarking war canoes and warding off the invasion.

Monitoring Frequency

Wreck Beach Foreshore West (Acadia Beach) is sampled weekly from May 10th to October 10th.

Source Information

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) monitors the water quality at 31 Vancouver-area beaches. Sampling is conducted during the height of swim season (May – September) and for the annual Polar Bear Swim (December).

VCH follows the Canadian Recreational Water Guidelines. Recreational water is considered safe if the geometric mean result is under 200 E.coli/100mL based on the previous last five samples or a single sample limit of under 400 E.coli/100mL. Should the results exceed the guidelines or in the event of a known hazard or spill, the Medical Health Officer will make an assessment of the risk to human health. If there is a risk to human health, a warning sign will be posted at the beach stating “This Water is Contaminated and Unsafe for Swimming.” Results are communicated on the Vancouver Coastal Health website. Data is shared on Swim Guide according to these results, as soon as they become available. Data is typically available on Thursdays or Fridays

Recreational water quality for a beach is determined by E. coli counts from the Greater Vancouver Regional District Water Quality Laboratory.

A beach is marked Green when geometric mean results are under 200 E.coli/100 mL and single sample results are below 400 E.coli/100mL.

A beach is marked Red when the geometric mean results are equal to or above 200 E.coli/100 mL water or single sample results are above 400 E.coli/100 mL.

A beach is marked Grey when there are no current results or there is no available information

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