Spanish Banks destination walk, at 2.46 km or 3,228 steps, provides a wonderful linear walking route. Spanish Banks is a fantastic destination to choose for walking in Vancouver and combines the energy and excitement of several recreational pursuits with the breathtaking beauty of an array of incredible views.
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The area commonly referred to as Spanish Banks is located beyond Kitsilano in Vancouver's most westerly neighbourhood: West Point Grey. The walking route spans the entire bank, which is divided into three separate sections: Spanish East, Spanish West and the Spanish Banks Extension.
The route travels along Vancouver's famous seawall. Adding to the array of opportunities for fresh air recreation, those who visit Spanish Banks Beach Park are treated to numerous stunning views. You can scan the open ocean or turn your gaze east to one of the most beautiful city skylines anywhere. The panorama offers awe inspiring diversity.
This walk is wheelchair accessible. The path is surfaced with gravel, and signage indicates when walkers and bikers have separate lanes.
Points of interest
Bowen Island, Gambier Island, and the Sunshine Coast are all within view if you look beyond the enormous freighters anchored in the bay. The interesting juxtaposition of nature meeting metropolis is realized at Spanish Banks. The bank is susceptible to erosion, and large boulders placed at the Spanish Bank Extension prevent the degradation.
Spanish Banks West
A stream restoration project completed in 1999 demonstrates the successful efforts to bring back the Chum and Coho salmon habitat which had been destroyed by a parking lot. The ecosystem is healthy, as evident by the numerous wildlife sightings. Seals are common, and the return of grey whale to English Bay has been a source of great excitement and pride.