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Lions Bay.

LIONS BAY: Brunswick Beach. [Photo] [Map]
Brunswick Beach has been under attack for years by residents living nearby. The beach users' association is trying to work with the community rather than against it: "The clothing optional beach area is very small (about 100m in length) and almost completely disappears at high tide. Visitors to the area should be sure they are very clear about where the boundaries are and should not assume that if someone is using an area as clothing-optional that they should use it too; some people have been pushing the boundaries of what is accepted. Check to ensure that you know the 'etiquette' for this beach. Be very discreet and sensitive to the fact that there are residents/owners who have views on to the beach and would rather there was no clothing-optional use; do not give them any cause for further irritation. Be respectful and polite of anyone you meet that is clothed (on the beach or off) to demonstrate that naturists/clothing-optional users are some of the best people you can meet!" [Alberta Bay Naturist Community (ABNC), July 2001]
"If people find themselves looking at a piling with a sign prohibiting nudity, they should look to their left where they will find a scene very much like the photo. The nude beach is marked in this second photo by two orange triangles. The left triangle (right if you are looking at the water) marks the "rock groin" described below. The right triangle marks the end of the pebble beach and the beginning of more rocks." [R.G., May 2003]
Update: "I was there yesterday (July 6, 2013), and found approximately 25 people present, and all but one were nude. This is a very high number of participants for the average public nude beach and the vibe was excellent. It was a very friendly and surprisingly young crowd, and it was an excellent group to enjoy the afternoon with. The water was pleasant and warm and the beach is much more hidden from view than I remember from a trip I took many years ago. This is an excellent spot for a sunny afternoon because it faces the setting sun." [NudeState, July 2013]
Directions: "From Vancouver, take the Brunswick Beach exit - I have no idea why others have suggested the Lions Bay exit because there is nothing but resident parking there. As soon as you're off the highway, immediately park on the side of the road BEFORE the road goes under the highway. There is plenty of free parking here on the side of the road - you will likely not be the only vehicle there. If you park any further, I'm told by residents that you WILL be towed - apparently they make a point of it. Walk along Brunswick Beach Rd as it goes under the highway. Stay left at the stop sign, and left after the railroad tracks. Take your next and only available left onto an unnamed street, even though you will see a beach ahead of you, tempting you to go straight ahead. If you take the left, you will find a trail to the beach at the end of the road. Once you reach the beach, turn and walk to your left until you find a stack of canoes in the trees. Nude use starts just past here where the logs are positioned as to block the view to the houses." [NudeState, July 2013]

Editor's note: The battle between nudists and residents of this area has been raging for decades. Because of this, the directions to the beach have been in continual flux. The directions above seem quite concise. Please let me know if I should be keep any of the below information. Thanks.
Directions: From North Vancouver, follow the Squamish Highway (Hwy 99) north to Lions Bay. 1.5km north of the town, trails lead to Brunswick Point public beach. To the east, go past the rock groin to get to the CO section. Also known as Little Wreck Beach, nudity has been common on Brunswick Beach for many years, but has recently been met with some opposition. So far, nudity prevails, but parking has become a problem issue. Apparently someone has pulled some strings and the government has closed the parking lot, but there are buses that pass each way every day, 6 times in both directions. And there is a rest stop up the road where you can ride your bike from. [1996]
New Directions: "New Directions: Here is the solution to the problem: When driving, turn off the highway at the Lions Bay turn off that goes down to the marina. After crossing the tracks, turn right (north) on the road that runs parallel to the BC rail tracks. Parking on this road is posted as residents only, and is often ticketed at weekends. If you do decide to park there, you should try to park as close as possible to the railroad bridge that crosses the first creek near the end of the road. (There is no parking on the road past this bridge, and no access to Brunswick from the private property on the other side of the bridge that crosses the second creek at the turnaround at the end of the road.) On foot, turn right immediately north of the first creek and within a few metres you will find a short trail leading left up to the tracks. From there, it is about a 10 minute (1/2 mile) walk north to Brunswick beach along the tracks. If there is no parking on the road (which happens sometimes on hot weekends), there is a public parking lot where the tracks cross the road coming down the hill. Payment for parking there should be made at the Marina. Parking in this lot only adds about 5 more minutes to your walk." [Anonymous, June, 2013]
Update (nude use): "The beach is now part of the Villiage of Lions bay. They have put signs up saying "No Nudity...", but the 20 or so people on the beach (all nude) didn't seem to be concerned." [D.G., Aug 2002]
Update (towing): "We used to live in Vancouver (3 years ago) and used to visit Brunswick regularly. Our habit was to park in the margin of a small dirt road at the north end of the Magnesia Creek bridge. We are currently visiting BC on vacation, and went to Brunswick yesterday. When we got back from the beach (after 2 hours) our car was gone! It had been towed to North Vancouver. The taxi ride cost us $55 and the towing cost was $97. It was only after our car was gone that we noticed the new (since last year?) no parking sign 15 feet up in a tree behind the spot where we parked." [C., sept 2002]
Update (nude use and towing): "Nude use of Brunswick Beach is alive and healthy. Last year they put up signs saying "No Nudity" and "No dogs", but the 20 to 50 people that are there every day just ignore the signs and there have been no incidents with the authorities. Apparently Lions Bay has a new Mayor and eliminating nudity is now low on the agenda, but towing cars out of no parking areas seems to be a high priority. There is lots of legal parking on roads and in the parking lot in Lions Bay, but if you park under a no parking sign, you will probably be towed." [D.G., Aug 2003]
Update (walking on the tracks): "A rail-enabled BC Rail pickup truck stopped us while we were walking the tracks from Lions Bay to Alberta Bay/Brunswick Beach yesterday. They asked if we knew that it was illegal to walk the tracks, to which we replied 'no'. We saw no evidence of them carrying tickets, but they said they were going to start fining people because there had been some 'near misses' recently. There is one slightly dangerous area on that stretch of tracks--the point where the sidetrack is. The Horseshoe Bay to Squamish stretch is mostly a single track, but sidetracks are used to allow trains to pass in opposite directions. While the double track may seem roomy, there's not a lot of space on either side, and BCR does time trains so that they pass there. We saw that yesterday...." [D.B., Aug 2003]
Update (parking): "There is parking that does not require walking on the tracks---and some people use it---but the walk is a lot harder... coming back. There is parking (not a lot) on the street around the little store on the top side of the highway just north of the main Lions Bay turnoff. The walk to the beach from there (mostly along the highway) is about five minutes longer than parking at the bottom and walking on the tracks. But the walk back is all uphill and takes me at least 10 minutes longer (i.e., 20 to 25 minutes to get back). There is also one small pull-off on the beach side the highway in the 1st turn just north of the main Lions Bay pull-off. This spot will only hold about 5 cars, but parking there will take 5 minutes off your walk. My opinion is that is much safer walking on the tracks than on the highway. Trains are big, noisy, and not nearly as fast as cars on the road. You have much more time to see and hear trains coming and get out of the way, than you have to see cars on the highway." [D.G., Aug 2003]
Update (more parking restrictions): "On the road below the tracks in Lion's Bay (where most people going to Brunswick Beach park) a string of 'resident parking only signs' have been posted. There is still one unrestricted area along this road, according to the directions/arrows on the signs,. And the Lion's Bay marina parking lot on the road going down the hill (where it crosses the tracks) is still available, but this is a longer walk." [D.G., Jun 2004]

LIONS BAY: Brunswick Beach Bares -- No longer exists.
BBB was a group organized to fight a legal battle. They don't exist anymore. [Last info: Aug 2000]

LIONS BAY: Alberta Bay Naturist Community (ABNC).
"In August 2000, in response to potential threat to the current and historic clothing-option use of the beach, a number of regular and long-term users of the beach determined it was necessary to organize ourselves more formally as the 'Alberta Bay Naturist Community (ABNC).' This was done in order to : * reflect and communicate the interests and concerns of beach users in ensuring the current and historic use of the area as clothing-optional is maintained; and * establish an organizing body to help ensure appropriate use and care-taking of the area by current and future beach users (including communicating common-sense rules or 'etiquette' for beach use -- especially if it appears that such 'common sense' may be absent). The ABNC is current exploring and considering the option of incorporating under the Society's Act." [Alberta Bay Naturist Community (ABNC), July 2001]


WHISTLER VILLAGE: Lost Lake. [Photo] [Photo]
The north end of Lost Lake has had nude use for years. Floating docks provide space to lay your towel. The docks can be reached by a 20 minute walk or 10 minute bicycle ride along trails that lead through the trees. Follow the trail west from the village to the main beach, then carry on for another 5 minutes until you reach the docks. [Last info 2010]
Directions: Head from car park 3 in Whistler onto Lost Lake loop. A 5 to10 minute bike trip will bring you to a grass park and beach. Turn right and head along the trail. You'll see the pier in the distance (not the Rafts!!!), Walk down a steep enbankment to the pier!
Update: "The clothing-optional jetty was still alive and well in July 2006. Coming from nudist-friendly Germany, and warned by our daughter not to attempt to bathe naked in Canada, we were pleasantly surprised to discover this opportunity in such splendid surroundings. All ages, both sexes, no hassle. Great." [Escoville, Aug 2006]
Update: "Last year I sent a glowing report about Lost Lake. There again several times this year. Nothing has changed, except that the dock has been robustly refurbished. This is my favourite freshwater bathing place, anywhere. Period." [Escoville, Jul 2007]
Comment: "I discovered Lost lake last summer (June '04), while cycling in Whistler, It's the first time I skinny-dipped and sunbathed naked in public! There were about 20 people there on the pier. A lot of people stop and look and walk on. Some came down to the pier and had a swim. From talking to the locals, the pier will always be au naturel and open and I'm glad! " [skinnydip8888rc, Mar 2005]
Comment: "We spent two wonderful afternoons on the dock with many others. The atmosphere is fun and relaxed. The views? Spectacular. We were downhill mountain biking and could see the lake from the chair lifts all morning and by 3:00 each day we knew we would be on the dock, naked in the sun! What a fantastic way to end a day of mountain biking. The locals were friendly, an odd mix of clothed and nude visitors but, nevertheless, a great place to relax and have a few cold ones. The water was clear, cool and refreshing. Bring a mesh bag and 10-15m of light rope, place some rocks in the bag, and lower your drinks. The water is extremely cold down there and keeps your bevvies nice and chilled. Just remember to tie it off to the dock. We witnessed a fella lose his brand new iPhone to the depths. Locals say its over 15m deep at that point." [barbienken69 at, Jul 2010]


PEMBERTON: Meager Creek Hot Springs. (GPS: N50 34.65 W123 27.633)
Located approxiamately 70 km west of Pemberton, these are the largest springs in BC and the best-known of the undeveloped springs. Because of this they can become crowded with rowdy teenagers on weekends.
> "The hot springs are now operated by Lil'wat Nation (the original users) (under the guidance of Ministry of Tourism, Sports and the Arts) as it is in their traditional territory. The springs are now open from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week. PLEASE NO DOGS or Coastal Health Authority will shut it down!!!! It is still only $5.00, which some seem to think is too much--hmmm almost a million dollars to open it and some think they shouldn't have to pay a measly $5 to keep it going--go figure! Parking is .3km from the pools and there is now a toilet at the car park after that long drive so people wont have to go in the bushes leaving **** and toilet paper scattered all over. Although there is a bear-proof garbage container at the pools, there is no vehicle access to the area so the heavy bags of garbage have to be carried out. Please take out what you bring in. It is a magical place and hopefully it won't be ruined be those few or the masses." [, Lil'wat Business Corporations, July 2008]
> In 1996, Meager Creek was closed to all public access due to health and safety issues. All tubs and pools were drained. But the springs were quietly reopened with one major change: camping was restricted to the junction of Meager Creek and the Lillooet River. Somewhere along the way, camping was again allowed right at the springs, but recently the access road has been closed because of washouts. Now you must walk from the junction of the Creek and the River. Signs are still posted warning that the springs are not safe due to pollution.
> In 2000, the site underwent some development. There are now three Japanese-style rock soaker pools which are regularly drained and cleaned by the BC forest service. There is an outhouse on site and a changing room to keep your clothes dry. Unfortunately, the springs are only open until 8pm and the only camping allowed is 8km away at Upper Lillooet Campground.
> The 30 campsites are $10/night, which includes one person's access to Meager hot springs. If you have others with you they will still have to pay $5 for access to the hot springs. NO DOGS are allowed at the hot springs or the health authority will shut it down!
Update: According to the BC Forestry website "Site Closed. Meager Creek hot springs are closed until further notice. Capricorn Creek washed out the road, no access. Expected opening date, end of June 2010." [Apr 2010]
Update: "Meager Creek Hot Springs will open on Monday July 4!!! The bridge is now in. Fees are changing so beware!! I believe the fees for the Springs will be either $6 or $9. The fee at the campground will now be $15 per vehicle." [J.C., 4 Jul 2010]
Update: "Bridge has been repaired BUT the hot springs have not been re-opened." [Pemberton visitors center: 604 894-6175, 13 Jul 2010]
After Whistler, heading north on Hwy. 99, you will come to the town of Pemberton. At the T-junction, by the Petro-Can gas station, turn left and head into Pemberton, over the railway tracks and into town. Here you will find another T-junction with an ESSO gas station on the left side, a Grocery Store on the right, and a bank straight ahead.
Turn right at the ESSO station (last chance for gas) and follow the paved road for about 2km until you come to a stop sign at a T-intersection and turn left. Drive 22 km on Pemberton Meadows road. At 22 km watch for the sign on your right to turn right for Bralorne, Goldbridge and Meager Creek Hot Springs. After another 1 km you will cross over the Lillooett river where the pavement ends. Here you begin your 40 km of dirt road travel. Be careful of the many large rocks on the road and falling from the mountainsides. At 8.5 km, take the left fork. (If you go right, you end up in Bralorne/Gold Bridge.) Some 26 km further up this road you will come to the Upper Lillooett Campsite. A further .7 km from the campground is the left turn and final 7 km stretch to the hot springs. Again be careful of large rocks or even slide debris. You will soon come to the bridge to cross back over the Lilloeet River and (eventually) the creek and finally comes to the parking lot close to the the springs.
Details: A $5 day use fee applies. Children under 12 and under are free. Access is by 45 km of rough road suitable for two-wheel drive vehicles. No vehicle access in winter. Accessible approximately May 15. This site is now walk-in day use only (300 metres) from 8am to 8pm in Summer and 8am to 6pm in the Fall. Vehicles must use parking lot on north side of Meager Creek bridge.
Comment: "My wife and I visited on the September long weekend. When we first got there everyone was in a bathing suit. As soon as my wife and I went nude in the lower pool, the rest of the pool soon shed their suits as well. All in all it was a pleasant weekend." [J.Z., Sept 2000]
Comment: An article titled "Funding secured for new bridge across Meager Creek" appeared in the Whistler Question 2005 Mar 18.
Note: Check the Squamish Forest District website (dead link) to get updated on the condition of the road. Look for "Upper Lillooet/Meager Creek" near the bottom of the page. (604) 898-2100.
Link: Jack Christie article in the Georgia Strait newspaper.

PEMBERTON: Pebble Creek Hot Springs. (GPS: N50 40.288 W123 27.913)
Located approxiamately 70 km west of Pemberton, these are the largest springs in BC and the best-known of the undeveloped springs. Because of this they can become crowded with rowdy teenagers on weekends.
Directions: Follow the Meager Creek direction until you get to the Upper Lillooet Campground. Drive a further .7 km from the campground and, instead of turning left to Meager Creek, continue straight for approximately 7 km, passing a mining camp just past the Meager Creek turn. As you cross over a creek, there will be a pull out on your left, just before a steep, uphill section.
"This is the trail head, a small opening in the bush opens to a faint trail. About 100 feet ± along this trail the trail joins another faint trail. Turn right and follow the trail as it goes along level at first then descending down. There are markers but they are sparse, after descending at a easy pace you come to a marvelous look out point. It is here that you will have to look harder for the trail.
"Back away from the cliff edge and look to your right for a trail steeply going down and around the bluff. The trail is more of a slide at this point, grabbing onto roots and branches as you scramble down. Several switchbacks and some attempts by previous trekkers to put steps into the trail are visible. I found following the trail most traveled was the best way, although where some had taken short cuts or pushed debris off the trail made for some pondering. At the bottom of the trail I came across a tree stand where the tourism group have stored some items high up out of the bears reach. When you pass this the trail split, to the left was the camp and to the right the hot springs. Again down some more step sections you come out on to the river bank and the first pool.
"Keeping to the right and traveling upriver there are several pools built into the sand and further upriver when you come to rock cliffs again there are some pools built into the cliff. This sandy area is from what I see a good place to camp as well. Although be aware that it can and does flood washing away the pools. This was evident by the large logs that had been tossed up onto the cliff and surrounding area. So I'd keep
an eye on the weather, if it calls for rain or even high temperatures (glacial melt) camp higher. Getting out is going to be the toughest part. That steep trail down now becomes that steep trail up. It took all of 30 minutes to go down with all my uncertainties and pausing to take in the view at the viewpoint, closer to an hour to climb back out." [Bulldozer, posted on SoakNet]
Link: More information and pictures at SoakersForum.

PEMBERTON: T'sek (Skookumchuck) Hot Springs (St. Agnes' Well).
A cedar A-frame covers a large tub with taps to control the temperature of the water. Outside the structure are several other tubs (of varying types and sizes) and an open-air shower. Skookumchuck can be crowded during the summer. The springs are fairly easy to get to, but not as aesthetically pleasing as Meagre and Sloquet.
For decades, the hot spring was owned by a logging family and known as both Skookumchuck and as St. Agnes' Well. However, in the last few years the springs have been turned over to the local First Nation and are now officially known by their native name: T'sek (pronounced "Check"). There is plenty of space for camping. Camping and day use fees are collected at the entrance (CASH ONLY!). Outhouses are plentiful and well maintained. As 2016, there are eleven tubs (2 very large, 4 medium, 5 small) with hot and cold water taps in each. Nudity and clothing are both common in the tubs. Most people are unconcerned with how others are dressed...or not dressed. A short walk to the south leads to a small sandy beach at a bend in the river where the water slows enough to make wading possible. Be careful not to get caught in the current of this river... it is fast and dangerous. We used the beach naked. As did the two other people who visited while we were there. We also hung around our campsite naked. We tried to be discreet, but felt that people were unlikely to be concerned if they saw that we were naked. [Editor's last visit: Oct 2015]
Directions: From Mount Currie, north of Pemberton, head southeast on a very rough logging road (the In-Shuck-Ch Forest Service road) for about 90 minutes (55km). The springs, visible from the road, are located between the hydro poles numbered 22 and 21, and near tower #682. Right at the springs there is a camp site that has about 20-30 sites. Nearby is a BC Forest Service campsite with pit toilets. (Where??)

PEMBERTON: Sloquet Creek Hot Springs.
30km beyond Skookumchuck, near the north end of Harrison Lake, another rough road heads west for 8km along Sloquet Creek to a campground near the springs. Like Skookumchuck, I haven't visited it and don't know how much nudity is tolerated (but I doubt it is a problem). It is supposed to be possible to continue along the main logging road for 100km, down the west side of Harrison Lake to Hwy 7, but the road is extremely rough.
Comment: "...a sequence of progressively cooler pools leading down to Sloquet Creek. Actually, the last pool right next to the creek, is the only one cool enough to spend any length of time in. The pools seem to be dug out of the stream bed so I expect they have to rebuild them every year. The washout that kept cars out of here the past few years has been repaired, so you can drive to a parking lot just up the hillside...It's still a hell of a drive -- four and a half hours from Vancouver via Pemberton, or five-plus from the Lougheed Highway, and then only if you've got good clearance." [Coast Magazine, May 1999]
Update: "Sloquet is open but now has a SEASONAL USER FEE. That means the grounds-keepers are only there for peak season (I think it is May to November...Not certain of the dates). It's a First Nations operation." [T.S., 2005 Dec 28]

BIRKEN: Birken Lakeside Resort. [Map]
"Birkenhead Resort has a campground and cabins in Birken, north of Whistler and Pemberton. Fairly rustic, but very open minded. I've seen plenty of nudity all over the campground but especially at the dock and the hot tub. I'd say its about 50/50 gay/straight. It's advertised in the gay press in Vancouver, but it certainly wouldn't be considered an exclusively gay resort. Call ahead to find out if anything is going on the weekends." [Dan, Aug 2004]
Directions: Leaving Vancouver, head north on Hwy 99 to Whistler. Continue through Whistler toward Pemberton. At Pemberton, keep to the right through the intersection at PetroCan  head to Mt. Currie. Continue straight through Mt. Currie to Birken (about 25 min.). The resort is located right at Gates Lake on the left side of the road. Phone: (604) 452-3255
Update: Birkenhead Resort was for sale in 2007. It is now advertised as The Birken Lakeside Resort, so it is likely that it is under new ownership and might not be as nude-friendly (or gay-friendly) as it was in 2004. [Oct 2009]