The best time to hit Spanish Banks West or East is when the tide is out. You can walk a LONG, LONG way out over the sand to the water and kids love it. I have taken my classes several times as year end field trips and one year when I was at an east-side school one of my little girls in grade two said, "Miss A, this is the best day of my life ever. I've never been to the beach before!" It was a cold, gray June day and she was shivering and starting to turn blue around the mouth from being in the water! On a hot, sunny, summer day with the tide out, there is no prettier place to be. You sit with a view of the North Shore mountains and downtown Vancouver. It is picture perfect.
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Like I said growing up in England we would go to the seaside for a holiday. I have many fond memories of playing in the sand and swimming in the water at Bournemouth. Unfortunately I can't find any old photos and don't have a scanner to scan them anyway. My childhood was long before the time of digital cameras! So thanks to FreeFoto.com for allowing their images to be shared.