With three ocean coasts and thousands of freshwater lakes, Canada’s beaches are as diverse as its people. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best beaches in the country. This will help you keep cool this summer.
Best Beaches in Canada
Sandbanks, Lake Ontario
With three expansive sandy beaches, the world’s largest baymouth barrier dune formation and clear shallow waters, this Lake Ontario getaway is packed in the summer. The long, classic sandy shores at Outlet and Sandbanks beaches are wonderful for playing in the surf. Dune’s beach is for climbing, with its neighbouring, towering sand dunes.
Bonus: Sandbanks is located in Prince Edward County. The “new Muskoka” filled with wineries, antiquing and an easy two-hour drive east of Toronto.
Cavendish Beach, PEI
Seven kilometres of soft white sand trimmed with PEI’s famous red soil make Cavendish Beach perfect for kids and families. Dig for clams, explore the nearby dunes or join a sandcastle-building contest. This popular beach is well loved by locals as well as visitors.
Long Beach, Vancouver Island
Aptly named, Long Beach is—you guessed it—the longest beach in Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim National Park. Spruce and Hemlock forests stand tall beside hard-pack sand and the crashing waves make Long Beach one of the most popular surfing destinations in the country.
The Beaches of the Magdalen Islands, Quebec
This small string of tiny islands is an archipelago off the coast of PEI. Part of the province of Quebec, the Magdalen Islands has a very unique cultural heritage—and nine distinct swimming beaches, some with expanses of flat white sand, others with dunes or caves. A unique and stunning family getaway.
Grand Beach, Lake Winnipeg
Just one hour north of Winnipeg, this three- kilometer stretch of pure white sand along the coast of Lake Winnipeg is one of the most popular beaches in North America. Stroll along the boardwalk, soak up the sun on the powdery white sand or explore the towering 12-metre high dunes. This beach has been well loved by locals since the Canadian Northern Railway arrived in 1916 and established the resort area.
English Bay, Vancouver
As urban beaches go, English Bay Beach (or First Beach) is a breath of fresh air. Perched on the edge of Stanley Park, and just across the road from Denman Street’s vibrant restaurant and shopping scene, English Bay Beach is well-frequented by folks taking a moment for themselves. People sunbathe, practice yoga, meditate or head off for a jog along the Stanley Park Seawall, a popular bike path running along the east side of the beach.
Rossport Beach, Lake Superior
Snug in one of the most spectacular stretches of Lake Superior’s north shore, the endless shallow sandbars at Rossport Beach let kids appear to walk on water. Enjoy crystal clear water and the lovely adjacent village of Rossport with its cafe, tiny marina and delightful museum and craft store.
Katherine Cove, Lake Superior
If it weren’t for the rolling bedrock and the stands of Evergreen trees, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the Caribbean when you visit the shallow waters and fine sand beach at Katherine Cove. Clear and blue, Lake Superior’s chilly waters roll in gently at this beach, making it a great place for kids. Located about an hour-and-a-half west of Sault Ste. Marie.
Martainique Beach, Nova Scotia
Almost four kilometers of golden sand and excellent surfing make the longest beach in Nova Scotia a wildly popular getaway for locals. Halifax is just an hour down the road. Well equipped with change houses, BBQ pits and picnic tables, the beach also boasts high sand dunes and stands of white spruce trees.
Parlee Beach, New Brunswick
The warm salt waters of the Northumberland Strait provide Parlee Beach with the warmest salt water in Canada. This busy family getaway includes a supervised swimming beach, volleyball, football, a sand-sculpture competition and daily scheduled sports activities.
By: Cindy Mcglynn
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