Surfrider Vancouver Chapter

-

Surfrider Vancouver holds regular beach cleans on the most popular beaches in the Greater Vancouver area. Whilst we also include other clean-up locations, such as trails, riversides and urban shorelines, the following beaches receive annual clean-ups and data records to monitor their ongoing threats and health.

Our Urban Beaches

What beaches do we clean in Vancouver?


Jericho Beach

About
Jericho Beach (Squamish: y’a’l’mexw) stretches out to the west of the seaside neighbourhood of Kitsilano. The beach overlooks the mountains of the North shore and downtown Vancouver. Jericho is regularly used for swimming, kitesurfing, sailing, soccer, volleyball and general recreation.

Threats
In peak of Summer, Jericho is the perfect spot for family picnics, BBQ’s and hot beach-day swims. But as visitors increase, so does the left-behind trash. Bins overflow with discarded food wrappers, beer cans and gas bottles – too much for bin capacities to handle. Strong winds can blow the trash around the beaches and into the ocean.

Jericho Beach Cleanup History: 2017 – 2019

jericho-beach-vancouver
jericho-beach-vancouver-cigarettes
Wreck Beach

About
Wreck Beach (Squamish: Ts’at’lhm) is located in Pacific Spirit Regional Park. It is a clothing-optional beach and stretches approximately 6.7 kilometres or 4.2 miles from Acadia Beach, in the north, to the Booming Grounds Creek on the north arm of the Fraser River. It lines the West of the University of British Columbia campus.

Threats
Wreck Beach is one of Vancouver’s most popular beaches in the summer. Its proximity to the University and short distance from downtown attracts students and the public, where they can escape to a beach that’s aesthetically iconic of the wild west coast.
Because of its location and secluded nature, it’s a popular party spot. Wreck Beach usually tops the charts with drink cans and beer bottle caps out of all our cleans. The recycling bins for Wreck Beach are located at the entrance to the beach, at the top of the 365 step staircase you have to climb to leave. A little too much for some to carry, and trash is left on the beach.

Wreck Beach Clean-up History
2017 – 2019

*Coming soon

Kits Beach

About
Kitsilano beach (Squamish: Xwupxpayʼem) is often likened to the ‘Venice Beach’ of Vancouver. Located at the north of the Kitsilano neighbourhood and looking across to English Bay beach, Kits beach is perhaps the most popular beach in Vancouver. It’s a popular spot for fitness enthusiasts, particularly volleyball, tennis, open-water swimming, and soccer.

Threats
With the influx of beach-goers in the Summer comes the influx of left-behind trash. Kitsilano beach has the highest count of cigarette butts and food wrappers of all our cleans. Alongside this, the beach often encounters closures during the Summer months due to water contamination (high counts of E. coli) deeming it unsafe to swim. Rates of E. coli increase after a bout of rain, where the sewers in False Creek can overflow into the surrounding waters.

Kits Beach Clean-up History
2017 – 2019

kitsilano-beach-vancouver
kitsilano-beach
English Bay Beach

About
English Bay, near the city’s West End residential neighborhood, is the most popular sunbathing, swimming, and sunset-watching beach in the downtown Vancouver area.

Threats

English Bay hosts many events year-round due to its convenient location downtown. Fireworks night in mid-July attracts crowds of thousands, leading to mass amounts of disposable cups, bottles and cigarette butts discarded on the beach. Like all other Vancouver beaches, it has the potential to be impacted by passing tanker ships. In 2015, an oil spill occurred from a tanker in the Burrard inlet, devastating the English Bay beach. 

English Bay Clean-up History
2017 – 2019

english-bay-beach
english-bay-beach