Visit Crescent Beach to swim, play volleyball, build a sand castle or walk the beachfront pathway.
City parks are open for casual use. To minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission, stay home when sick, stay 2 metres apart, do not gather in groups, and wear a mask in crowded spaces. Spectators for outdoor sports are not permitted as per new public health orders.
Dawn until dusk
Visit Crescent Beach for a fun day on the seaside! Enjoy swimming, beach volleyball and scenic views from the pier and nature trails. The best beach access points are found on Beecher Street, Sullivan Street, and Target Street. At Sullivan Point, you will find spots to play beach volleyball and a large grassy area ideal for a blanket picnic.
Crescent Beach Guidelines
Lifeguards are on duty at Sullivan Point during the summer from 11am to 7pm. Here, you can enjoy two roped off areas for swimmers of all ages. To stay safe in the water, please follow these guidelines:
- Swim within the designated roped area
- Have young or inexperienced swimmers wear a lifejacket
- Keep your children within arm’s reach
- Be aware of currents, tides and water conditions - ask a lifeguard if you’re unsure
Please note that dogs are not allowed on the beach from May 15 to September 15, with the exception of the designated off-leash area at Blackie Spit Park. Blackie Spit Park is located at the northern tip of Crescent Beach and has its own beach access, lots of parking, a trail system and two dog off-leash areas.
Please note that large group events over 75 people are not recommended at Crescent Beach during the busy summer months. Permits will not be issued for any new events.
Accessibility - Beach Wheelchair
Crescent Beach has a new beach wheelchair with special thanks the Self-Advocates of Semiahmoo.
The wheelchair is available for loan from the lifeguard station in Sullivan Point Park between the hours of 11am and 7pm throughout the summer. It has chest straps and a seatbelt and can be used with the assistance of an attendant, friend or family member.
Crescent Beach dates back to 1909 when development of the Great Northern Railway first made the beach easily accessible to the public. In 1912, this area was promoted as a resort area complete with a trendy hotel, pier and train station. One year later, dikes were built to prevent flooding and allow for development of the surrounding neighbourhood.
Today, the dikes are used as a waterfront pathway and while the hotel and train station have long since disappeared, the beach remains a popular summer destination for families.