I've been trying to go swimming as much as possible this summer. In the ocean, because that's what I'm used to from growing up on an island.
Usually this is Jericho / Locarno Beaches here in Vancouver, or farther along at Spanish Banks. These are also great places to take along a little Hibachi and have a cook out or throw a frisbee around.
I'm going tonight (Tuesday) and will likely go most days while it's still sunny and warm. Give me a call if you want to come: I usually aim to go around 6:30pm or so.
In sending out an email about this to some friends, James responded with a mention of the Vancouver Open Water Swimmers Association. Huh. An association for swimming in the ocean. Again, just seems strange 'cause I grew up swimming by myself in the ocean all the time. In any case, looks like an interesting group, especially if you want to push yourself a little more and go for longer swims.