Pacific Spirit Regional Park is a network of trails right in the city of Vancouver. On the outskirts of UBC campus, it’s great for students or anyone else who needs a quick getaway to destress. It’s a great shoulder season hike for any canine-loving humans and their pets, as dogs are allowed in the park from October to March.
We entered the trail near the Botanical Gardens at UBC and were hoping to walk along the shore line all to Tower Beach. However, the water levels were unusually high, cutting off the trail. We had to turn back even though we were three-quarters of the way to Wreck Beach and could see it in the distance. We hiked back the way we came and drove closer to the Wreck Beach entrance. I haven’t been to Wreck Beach since my university days and I forgot how amazing it is to watch the sunset disappearing into the ocean.
My pen-pal, whom I’ve had since the first grade, came along for our day adventure. I just want to give her a shout out and welcome her to Vancouver! She recently moved from Toronto to study architecture at UBC. She was really feeling the West Coast vibes!
The trail from Wreck beach to Tower beach was also non-existent due to the high tide. It took quite a while to find free parking on campus so we unfortunately didn’t have time to climb back up the Wreck beach stairs and hop down to Tower Beach.
Wreck Beach is a great area to take your dog to run around during the fall and winter, as our four-legged friends are not allowed on the clothing-optional beach during the summer months. Hope you enjoy this video of our adventure dog, Rey!
Hikers: Josie, Nick and Sara
Four-legged Friends: Rey
All photos by me, Josie.