Are you in Vancouver? I used to go there a lot until I moved back to TO. I was on the West Coast in my early 20's to 30's. I miss it. But over the years, the actual beach changed. In the beginning it was more towards the tower going to Spanish Banks. Later on due to erosion, the "beach" moved farther away directly below UBC. I'm not sure now because I haven't been there since late 80's. It was fun, and I remember the Coast Guard coming in to pick up the trash in garbage bags, and even invited some nudies for a ride.
Why haven't you been down there? The climb back up could be a challenge.