Vancouver nude beach patrons seek noise regulation

A group representing Vancouver's best-known nude beach is asking Metro Vancouver to ban noisy water craft from coming within 300 metres of the shore.
Wreck Beach is Vancouver's best-known nude beach. (James Loewen/Wreck Beach Preservation Society)

A group representing Vancouver's best-known nude beach is asking Metro Vancouver to ban noisy water craft and from coming within 300 metres of the shore.

The Wreck Beach Preservation Society is presenting the municipal authority with a petition signed by more than 2,500 people, saying that party boats and jet-skis are polluting the area and ruining the ambiance of the secluded beach, located on the north arm of the Fraser River near the University of B.C..

"The party boats come in... and there are these big jet boats... they come in, they raft together and they put amplified music on and you can't hear the seagulls, the eagles cry," said society spokeswoman Judy Williams.

"I was sitting against a log where a man down the log was trying to play his guitar. I could see his hand moving... I couldn't hear his guitar."

Williams also said jet skiers pose a danger to swimmers at the beach.

"Other beaches in the Lower Mainland have a 300-metre buffer between their swimmers and jet skis and motorized vessels. We have no protection at Wreck Beach," she said.  

But it's not clear who is responsible for the waters around the beach, said Heather Deal, the chair of the Metro Vancouver environment and parks committee.

A nude bather floats in the water while taking part in a world record skinny-dip attempt at Wreck Beach in July, 2010. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

"Rather than just saying, 'They shouldn’t be here, we are going to ban them,’ we need to find out actually who has jurisdiction and can we define an area within that water lot that is excluded for motorized vehicles," Deal said.

Metro Vancouver staff members have been asked to investigate the jurisdictional question and prepare a report before the next council meeting.


  • A previous version of this story incorrectly implied that the beachgoers were concerned with gawking by those on the boats. In fact the concerns of the Wreck Beach Preservation Society focused on the noise and safety hazards presented by the boats and jet skis.
    Sep 17, 2012 7:45 AM PT

With files from the CBC's Emily Elias