Wreck Beach (Trail 6, Breakwater)

Vancouver, British Columbia

When people in Vancouver refer to the "Wreck beach" they generally mean this one (trail #6); this one is considered to be the "main" beach. Wreck Beach is Vancouver's first and only "clothing optional" beach and it is considered to be one of the best beaches to be in terms of experiencing the culture and vibe in Vancouver.

The beach boasts a nice view out into the ocean and the atmosphere at this beach during the summer is certainly one-of-a-kind. It is almost always guaranteed to hear some live music at this beach (as well as music being pumped out of industrial ghetto blasters) and the beachgoers at this beach are very friendly in general. While people have initially frequented this beach for the shallow water and seclusiveness, the beach nowadays is very busy in the summer. On summer days, there are lots of vendors selling conventional beach-side goodies like jewelry, souvenirs, and hot dogs as well as those more daring vendors who sell "unconventional" things like exotic meat burgers, magic mushrooms, and not-so-innocent baked goods. Although fires, drugs, and alcohol are illegal on this beach (as with any beaches in lower mainland), like in most beaches, they do happen. However, police do patrol this beach frequently during the summer months (and they are always fully clothed), so the rowdiness is always somewhat controlled.

Although people have to walk up quite far into the water to swim (because the waters are very shallow), the swim here is always nice and refreshing.

AMENITIES:
Parking is somewhat hard to find around marine drive area in the summer, so the use of public transit is highly recommended. The top of trail 6 is only about a ten to fifteen-minute walk from the UBC bus loop. The hike down the stairs to the beach (and the hike back up) is not really easy for those who are not in tip-top shape. There are outhouses near the beach now (before they had them on the beach people had to hike up the stairs to go to the washroom), but always be prepared for the smell.

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 27th, 2018. Fraser Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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CURRENT WEATHER
6°C
Cloudy
MONITORING FREQUENCY

Wreck Beach (Trail 6, Breakwater) is sampled weekly from May 10th to October 10th

SOURCE INFORMATION

Special note: Data on Swim Guide corresponds with the date that samples were collected. However, sample dates are unavailable for Vancouver beaches at this time. Data is displayed based on the VCH test results shared on Thursdays. Please note that for Vancouver the data entry date corresponds with the date samples became available, rather than the date that samples were taken.

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. Should the geometric mean exceed 200 E.coli/100 mL, 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 (http://www.vch.ca/your-environment/water-quality/recreational-water/beach-water-quality-report/beach-water-quality-report). Data is share on Swim Guide according to these results, as soon as they become available. Data is typically available on Thursdays or Fridays.

Test results from the weekly samples for the Vancouver-area beaches are typically posted on 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 single sample results are under 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

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

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Wreck Beach (Trail 6, Breakwater)

Vancouver, British Columbia

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 27th, 2018. Fraser Riverkeeper updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   
CURRENT WEATHER
6°C
Cloudy

When people in Vancouver refer to the "Wreck beach" they generally mean this one (trail #6); this one is considered to be the "main" beach. Wreck Beach is Vancouver's first and only "clothing optional" beach and it is considered to be one of the best beaches to be in terms of experiencing the culture and vibe in Vancouver.

The beach boasts a nice view out into the ocean and the atmosphere at this beach during the summer is certainly one-of-a-kind. It is almost always guaranteed to hear some live music at this beach (as well as music being pumped out of industrial ghetto blasters) and the beachgoers at this beach are very friendly in general. While people have initially frequented this beach for the shallow water and seclusiveness, the beach nowadays is very busy in the summer. On summer days, there are lots of vendors selling conventional beach-side goodies like jewelry, souvenirs, and hot dogs as well as those more daring vendors who sell "unconventional" things like exotic meat burgers, magic mushrooms, and not-so-innocent baked goods. Although fires, drugs, and alcohol are illegal on this beach (as with any beaches in lower mainland), like in most beaches, they do happen. However, police do patrol this beach frequently during the summer months (and they are always fully clothed), so the rowdiness is always somewhat controlled.

Although people have to walk up quite far into the water to swim (because the waters are very shallow), the swim here is always nice and refreshing.

AMENITIES:
Parking is somewhat hard to find around marine drive area in the summer, so the use of public transit is highly recommended. The top of trail 6 is only about a ten to fifteen-minute walk from the UBC bus loop. The hike down the stairs to the beach (and the hike back up) is not really easy for those who are not in tip-top shape. There are outhouses near the beach now (before they had them on the beach people had to hike up the stairs to go to the washroom), but always be prepared for the smell.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Wreck Beach (Trail 6, Breakwater) is sampled weekly from May 10th to October 10th

SOURCE INFORMATION

Special note: Data on Swim Guide corresponds with the date that samples were collected. However, sample dates are unavailable for Vancouver beaches at this time. Data is displayed based on the VCH test results shared on Thursdays. Please note that for Vancouver the data entry date corresponds with the date samples became available, rather than the date that samples were taken.

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. Should the geometric mean exceed 200 E.coli/100 mL, 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 (http://www.vch.ca/your-environment/water-quality/recreational-water/beach-water-quality-report/beach-water-quality-report). Data is share on Swim Guide according to these results, as soon as they become available. Data is typically available on Thursdays or Fridays.

Test results from the weekly samples for the Vancouver-area beaches are typically posted on 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 single sample results are under 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

A beach is marked Red when the results are equal to or above 200 E.coli / 100 ML water.

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

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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