The summer has begun, the kids are off school, the sun is shining and you are all itching to get your toes in some sand and cool off in the water. So load up the car with the sand toys, swim floaties and a cooler full of food and check out these perfect Fraser Valley beaches that you’ll want to add to your family’s summer bucket list!
Beaches in Langley
Brae Island Regional Park
While there aren’t any publicly accessible lakes in Langley for swimming, there is something just as good, or maybe better! Located just a short walk, drive or dragon boat ride from Fort Langley is Brae Island Regional Park on the mighty Fraser River. This Fort Langley beach park is home to a day-use area, a full-service campground, and, of course, one of our favourite Fraser Valley beaches. The day-use area has picnic areas, a boat launch, and a beautiful stretch of sandy beach. If the kids need a beach break or a little more activity, there are 2 km of easy trails suitable for both walking and biking. These trails lead to 4 lookout points that offer views of the Fraser River, perfect for watching fishing boats and tugboats. And with the Fort Canoe and Kayak Club and the Fort Langley Canoe Club located directly across the river, there’s a good chance of seeing outrigger canoes, sprint kayaks or even dragon boats in action! We love the close proximity this beach is to the village of Fort Langley, so you can take an afternoon break and wander into town for treats and ice cream!
Beaches in Surrey
When looking for the perfect beach Fraser Valley beach location for families, Crescent Beach is always a crowd-pleaser. With kilometres of shoreline to explore, you can always find a spot to lay down a blanket, set up the beach chairs, plop down the picnic basket and spend the whole day. Sullivan Point is a great location for families, as there are two designated roped-off swimming areas with lifeguards (they are on duty 11 am-7 pm every day during the summer), as well as a big grass area for sports or in case you need a break from the sand. Don’t forget to wander down Beecher Street and grab an ice cream! Crescent Beach is a very popular area, so come early to find parking and stay all day!
Beaches in Mission
Hayward Lake is a great spot for families to enjoy a day of boating, swimming, fishing, hiking, biking and playing on a lovely sandy beach. This recreation area boasts a washroom facility (complete with change rooms and a beach shower), open grass play areas, a picnic shelter, and an area to launch your car-top non-motorized boat, kayak, or paddleboard. The lakeside Railway Trail is a multi-use trail that allows hiking and biking. The trail is 12 km, flat, and wide and takes roughly 3.5 hours round trip to Ruskin Dam and back to the Recreation Area. An added bonus to Hayward Lake is that the Powerhouse at Stave Falls is also located there. This 100-year-old power generating facility is a National Historic Site of Canada and is a great family activity. With a Tesla coil electricity demo and many interactive and historical displays, you can take a walk back through time to see how hydroelectricity helped build our province. Arrive early on hot weekends, as this Fraser Valley beach area gets busy!
Beaches in Abbotsford
Albert Dyke Memorial Park
Photo Credit – City of Abbotsford
There is no doubt that Albert Dyck Memorial Park, home of Walmsley Lake (also known as Molson Lake), is another fabulous family-friendly beach area in the Fraser Valley. This park offers visitors a 1.6 km hiking trail around the man-made lake, a sandy beach area for kids to play, a swimming area, lots of spots to fish for bass, and an easy view to watch the people cable waterski and wakeboard. Located close to the Abbotsford airport, it is the perfect location to sit back and watch the planes come in. This Abbotsford beach is a popular spot for families on hot summer days, so pack a picnic lunch, arrive early and enjoy the day.
Beaches in Chilliwack
Located a short drive from the town of Chilliwack is our next Fraser Valley beaches hot spot, Cultus Lake. This well known and popular lake is a prime beach destination for families. The main beach area of town has lots of beach space, picnic tables, a dock and a well-marked swimming area. This beach is within walking distance to town, making it easy for families to head over to the Cultus Lake Adventure Park or Cultus Lake Water Park for some extra fun! There are also 3 beautiful day-use areas located outside of town, within the provincial park boundaries, which include roped-off swimming areas, docks and floats to swim off of, lots of picnic tables, washrooms and grass areas for playing and relaxing. From mild to wild, from relaxation to entertainment, from nature to amusement park, this Fraser Valley beach area has something for everyone.
Beaches in Maple Ridge
A visit to Alouette Lake, located in Golden Ears Provincial Park, is a popular spot for families in the summertime. It’s no wonder…with unmatched natural beauty that feels a hundred miles from the city and with 3 stunning day-use areas to enjoy, Golden Ears Park has a Fraser Valley beach that is perfect for everyone. The Alouette (south beach) day-use area features a vehicle accessible sandy beach with a roped-off swimming area, canoe & kayak rentals, washrooms and lots of picnic tables. The overnight camper’s beach day-use area is a hike-in area with a sandy beach and a roped-off swimming area. And the North beach day-use area is adjacent to the North Beach Campground and a short walk from the parking lot. Due to its distance and popularity, especially on weekends during hot weather, we suggest going early to snag yourself the perfect spot and pack a BBQ picnic and stay all day.
Whonnock Lake Park
Whonnock Lake Park is a wheelchair-accessible park in eastern Maple Ridge with a BBQ area, a reservable covered picnic gazebo, washroom facilities, a playground, and, of course, a small but lovely beach area! Rumour has it this Fraser Valley beach area has the world’s largest tadpoles. If you have a budding entomologist in your family, be sure to pack a bug net for your little one to study the local aquatic insect life (catch and release only, please!). This lake is usually quite calm and particularly well-suited to paddleboarding or other paddle sports.
Beaches in Harrison
Everyone knows about Harrison Hot Springs, but the Harrison area also boasts one of the largest Fraser Valley lakes featuring some of the best beaches in the Lower Mainland. Beyond the hotels and spas of the resort town of Harrison Hot Springs, the beaches at Harrison Lake are just as lovely as the scenery. Harrison Beach is a great place to go for a walk, build sandcastles, or just sit and enjoy the view. The man-made Harrison Lagoon offers a calm, safe place to swim and waters that warm up in the summer sun much more quickly than the colder, deeper waters of Harrison Lake. This, combined with its close proximity to all the amenities of Harrison Hot Springs, makes it one of the best kid-friendly beaches in the Fraser Valley. A relatively easy 1.5 kilometre (one way) hike west from the main beach area takes you to Sandy Cove, a wilder, more secluded beach for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking. Consider Sandy Cove one of the best not-so-secret secret beaches in the Fraser Valley. With its stunning scenery and wide range of activities, Harrison Lake is the perfect place to spend a summer day or entire vacation. Check out our amazing stay at The Lodge at Harrison Lake and our family kayak adventure on Harrison Lake.
Kilby Provincial Park
Kilby Park is the quieter alternative to Harrison Hot Springs. Located just outside Harrison Mills, the park includes a day-use area, a campground, a boat launch, and the Kilby Historic Site. The beach area is spacious and sandy… perfect for sunbathing or building sandcastles. There are picnic tables and pit toilets available for use. So whether you’re looking to relax or learn a bit about local history, Kilby Park is the perfect place for you.
Now that you have the list of Fraser Valley beaches, how many of these 9 are you going to visit this summer?
Fraser Valley Beaches FAQs
Where can you swim in Fraser Valley?
This list of Fraser Valley beaches is a great place to start. The Fraser Valley is blessed with access to the ocean, rivers, and lakes, so there is a place to swim for everyone!
Can I swim in the Fraser River?
It is not recommended. We have included Langley’s Brae Island Regional Park on this beach list which includes an area for wading in a shallower, calmer side channel of the Fraser River, but there are numerous hazards, both seen and unseen, in the Fraser River that make it unsuited for swimming. These include muddy water, debris, strong currents and undertows, and sudden drop-offs.
Does Abbotsford Have a Beach?
Yes! See Albert Dyke Memorial Park above.