About Wreck Beach
Located in the UBC endowment lands.
First To Review: Jeff B.
Aug 22, 2008
Really we are talking about two places: There is the fabled Wreck Beach, from the '60's and 70's, I guess. I have only heard the stories: there was free-love and free pot and everyone was free for the weekend. Sometimes longer... It was the best of times... it was... well, it was NOT the WORST of times. However... Times have changed. And we've often, rewound the clock, since the Puritains got a shock, when they landed on Plymouth Rock! That song is older than the 70's by far. It isn't even located on the right coast. Wreck beach is very west coast. Wreck Beach proper did not really pass very far into my experience: I went deeper into the woods and 'up the lazy river, where the robin's song', there is lush vegetation, huge old Douglas Fir trees (I think they're Douglas Firs), paths rough and muddy hewn or worn worm along the water or higher up into the ancient forests bush. Everywhere along here you will see, at Wreck Beach proper, and this trail-style Wreck Beach, many people who choose to walk or lie around in the nude. The ocean side Wreck is rocky with sand and pebbles. Vendors come around and sell beer, sandwiches or even marijuana, I think. I don't toke and I don't drink. But I do know how to have a good time. You will have one here. Whether you choose to hang on the gorgeous rocky beach which huggs the Pacific, with the straight crowd, or you adventure inland to hang in sporadic sandy spots as people meander upriver. It's the people you take who will make your fun. Plus the people you meet. I met at least two life-friends there. The upriver souls are fairly beautiful and friendly. Some go off and 'do-it' in the bushes. You can interpret the adverb any way you wish, but let's just say 'doing-it' shouldn't entertain the use of toilet paper. Yes, and if you do it up in the woods, there will likely be spectators, as this is the way of the fairies of the wood. So if you don't like clingers-on, don't be snotty. Just be prepared to climb high and deep into the ancient brushpiles. A quick note: the 'gay' and riverside version of Wreck Beach is accessible by wooden-laid and earthen stairways, which lead down from a road near the University of British Columbia. So if you climb-down like that, it is a both a great workout and a very scenic experience. You can also access the higher gay area from the ocean side. Ask locals how to get there. Don't expect to be swimming in the river along the more-gay pathways of Wreck Beach, though. There is a lot of logging up in this end, mainly logging boats and booms of logs, sunken logs and the water is mysterious, smelly and perhaps brackish . Save swimming for the ocean, if you have a buddy with you and you're good for deep Pacific paddling, but not many souls brave the dirty water along the 'gayer' stretch of Wreck Beach. Up there, 'taking a dip' has a far different meaning! JB