This gorgeous + serene beach is near the Vancouver Airport y’all. What??!!
Yeah, that’s right! You literally have to drive past the airport to get to Iona Beach – a 35 minute drive from Metro Vancouver.
Iona Beach is basically a long, thin stretch of sand + grass that comes along the mouth of the Fraser River + into the Pacific.
I would never have known about it until Jeff randomly took me here last year because I love me some bird watching + they really love to hang out around here. I totally want to be one of these guys.
You don’t? Well that’s weird. Doesn’t everybody? The gentleman on the left is Mr. Tom Gullick + he’s the first person in the world to officially see 9,000 species of bird!!! Top that!!! Booyah!!!
Okay sorry I always go off on tangents. Where were we……oh yes!!! See the little airplane in the sky?
There is drift wood o’ plenty.
Ripples in the sand.
A little driftwood shelter. So cute! I would like to summer here! Who made it? And it’s amazing to me that it’s still so intact. Oh, Canada! If it was on a Southern California beach it’d be GONE because some mean teenagers would completely destrrrrrroy it!!!
There is a lot of wood just willy nilly piled up in some areas.
Here’s a picture I took of Jeff last year:
I love the texture + colors of the weathered wood. I wanted to drag this log around with me, but then I thought better than to do something ridiculous such as that.
Iona Beach may be near the airport, but it is so tranquil + gorgeous! Bring good walking shoes because it is a long stretch of sand + your dogs will be barking! 6km or 3.728227 miles of walking on sand! My calves were aching the next day, for real homies.
Lookit this big ass tree at the shoreline! How did it get there? C’mon big ass tree, what’s your story?
There was not much for bird watching on my side of the beach, but a little shy sand piper.
As I walked, it kind of kept along beside me. It was skittering about, skitter skitter! After a while it sort of forgot I was there, stopped spazzing out + didn’t mind me around so much.
Oh, thank the lord! The tip of the jetty!!! I was working up a lather, y’all! Walking in the sand is good exercise!
I was going to scramble to the tip over the granite boulders, but it was getting late in the afternoon, so I’ll give it a go next time! Yes, I wussed out.
On the other side of the jetty a little tug boat that could is hauling two gigante shipping containers. I don’t understand how that little boat can tow so much!!! Go tug boat!!
On the way back in I took the grassy trail to give my calves a break.
There’s not much ambiance or a view, so I soon found myself wanting to be closer to the ocean.
Soooooo beautiful! I’m definitely going to return to Iona Beach more often. It’s a peaceful walk, a great place to think, bring a book + reflect!