BARE IT ALL ON WRECK BEACH
By Daniel Wood
To some this is Sodom and Gomorrah: to others, it’s the Garden of Eden.
One thing is certain. Wreck Beach, northeast of Vancouver’s Point Grey
headland, is a symbol of all that is hedonistic, eccentric, and
nature-loving in Lotusland.
The famous beach is British Columbia’s leading “unofficial” tourist
Each summer tens of thousand of nudists descend on Wreck Beach
for an exhibiton of skin unequalled in North America.
It began in the early 1970’s as a hippie/anarchist enclave where
long haired drummers and naked dancers improvised and vendors
shouted “Choclate Shroooms” and “happy cookies”
In recent years, it has morphed into a less bohemian place where
all ages and body shapes recline against beach logs to soak up the sun,
and vendors require licences to sell food, drink, apparel, massages a
nd Tarot readings.
While authorities once tried to stop the mass nudism, tody, police are
unperturbed by the naked assembly (though happy cookies are still
a no-no) tourists may sometimes gawk at the display of tanned flesh.
But Wreck Beach has attained a sort of mythic status, unassailable as
an icon of maverick West Coat freedom
Wreck Beach Day with sandcastles and nude games
Butoh dancers’ nude beach Performance in July
250.000 Annual number of people using Wreck Beach
CHERYL C YOUNG
SAANICH PENINSULA REALTY