A lot of people are quite surprised to find Vancouver surrounded by beaches (Palm trees and all) and in the summer months May to Sept. there is great sunbathing and yes swimming!
Source:Vancouver Parks Board
One of the natural amenities which makes our city among the most livable in the world is public access to the waterfront. Almost 18 kms (11 miles) of beaches surround Vancouver. Enjoying waterfront access can take many guises: observing the beautiful landscape while cycling, walking or driving by; playing in the sand, swimming, windsurfing, sailing or merely sitting