Tucked away at the edge of the city, Wreck offers an oasis for queer people and in 1991, Wreck was officially granted the title of Canada’s first ever nude beach. About 30 minutes away from Vancouver's downtown core, Wreck isn't the easiest beach to find. The entrance is off to the side of a busy road, covered in trees, and in order to hit the shoreline you need to walk down a series of steps (490 to be exact).
“Wreck has a long history of being a naked haven, and a queer haven. The spot I sit in is down the main stairs, heavy to the left, where queer people have been hanging out for four, maybe five decades,” she said, “I can feel the energy, it’s wild. I can’t feel that at any other beach.” She’s not wrong. From my own personal experience, Wreck Beach is covered with eccentric personalities, queer folks and a large hippie community.
This sense of vulnerability within a no-judgement zone strikes a very different chord with Venus though. Her exploration sparked by places like Wreck allow her to reflect on the idea of acceptance not just in a physical space, but within language. “I understand the importance of words and how language makes up who we are. By opening up language, talking with other people on social media I’ve been able to explore my own identity,” she said. Venus now identifies confidently as a non-binary, queer femme. In tandem with being able to feel comfortable in her own skin at Wreck, she encourages others to tackle their own journey with the same sense of curiosity.