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Clothing optional beach Wreck Beach

Wreck Beach is a popular clothing-optional beach located Pacific Spirit Regional Park, which in turn part of the University Endowment Lands just west of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.



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Every year, Wreck Beach Day celebrates the beach—and beach bodies—with a range of wholesome, naked fun:  volleyball, and body-painting competition,  Kite-Flying, an art show, and a sandcastle event. (“Sandcastle” categories include “the Sea and Sea Fantasy,” “Imaginary Animals,” and “Naked Glories”—all of which sound like the best reason ever to go to Wreck Beach Day. Sand-made “Sea Fantasy?” Awesome.)

But this year has a special bonus: Wreck Beach Day coincides with Body Acceptance Day (BAD), the goal of which is to liberate beaches from bathing suits and help us all love our bodies.

To symbolize the freedom BAD offers, the Wreck Beach Day organizers have created a Body Acceptance Machine (BAM): You enter the machine a “textile” (i.e., clothed), emerge liberated (i.e., naked), and get rewarded with a free Wreck Beach Passport 2010.

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It was more than 15 years ago that I first experienced Wreck Beach – a long recognised, well-established nudist beach in Vancouver – there’s even a book chronically the beach’s history.

A few months ago I returned for a second time to discover a more sophisticated beach – while still retaining its hippie heart – in it’s offerings of mixed drinks alongside a medieval fair of tents selling food, sarongs, massages and impromptu music. (Not too mention my swim with a seal!)


Nudism, I appreciate, is not for everyone. But that’s one of the first things that struck me about this inclusive beach on my first visit: that despite it being a nude beach you didn’t have to go naked, if you didn’t want to. Those patronising the beach were mix of ‘au natural’, half-dressed and fully-covered in swimwear.

About the only thing that’s not excepted is to be fully dressed in street clothes. That’s just creepy.

All ages too were in attendance. I distinctly remember sitting next to a grandmother who was there with her granddaughter, and me thinking ‘how cool is that?!’ The range of ages gave the place an unparalleled sense of community.

The other distinctive memory I had from my first visit was how cool it was that the drink sellers wandering the beach were also naked except for their bum bag/change purse clipped around their waist. I don’t know why that struck me as odd. The alternative, had they been dressed, would likely have been odder.

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