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Beaches in Canada

Canada is a land of contrasts. During the long cold, winter we bundle up and take part in our favourite winter activities in Canada. When the temperatures soar in summer, we flock to our favourite Canadian beaches and get reacquainted with sunshine. The beaches in Canada offer swimming, surfing, warm sand, and in a few places a nude beach. The following are some of the best beaches in Canada.
  • Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia is located about 45 minutes from Halifax and offers some of the best surfing in Canada. Swells can top 4 m (13 ft) on this 1.5 km (1 mile) stretch on the Atlantic Ocean. Although the weather conditions can be somewhat foggy, it is still one of the top Canadian beaches for surfers.

  • Prince Edward Island is known for quaint villages and "Anne of Green Gables" style of living. The picturesque scenery and rolling countryside can be observed along the Points East Coastal Drive. Along the way you’ll come across the white sand beach of Basin Head Provincial Park.

  • Kellys Beach, New Brunswick is located in the Kouchibouguac (which means "river of the long tides") National Park about an hours drive from Miramichi. The beach can be accessed by a 1 km boardwalk and for those who enjoy cycling in Canada, there are over 50 km (31 miles) of recreation trails. After you work up a sweat on the trails, take a dip in the lagoon where water temperatures can reach 20 C (68 F).

  • The residents of Quebec have tried to keep some of the best beaches in Canada a secret from the masses. The Canadian beaches of the Iles de la Madeleine (Magdalen Islands) offer water temperatures as high as 20 C (68 F) in late summer and plenty of white sand. There is plenty to do and see in these islands such as cycling, windsurfing, scuba diving, and windsurfing in Canada, among others. "Shhh", it's a secret!

  • Sylvan Lake, Alberta is the perfect family vacation destination in any season. Considered in many circles as one of the top 10 best beaches in Canada, this Alberta summer destination offers the Wild Rapids Waterslide, go-karts, golfing, boating, and camping in Canada.

  • British Columbia has lots to offer if you're looking for fun-filled summer activities in Canada. Hiking in the mountains or along the coastal rainforest trails, surfing, cycling, or sea Kayaking in Canada are some of the many activities to enjoy. When you tire yourself out, soak up the sun and play in the surf at Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park.

  • Grand Bend, Ontario has one of the best beaches in Canada for nature lovers at the Pinery. Located on the shores of Lake Huron it offers some interesting remnants from the last ice age. Sand dunes left by retreating glaciers tower 30 m (100 feet) above the surf, the largest oak tree savanna in North America, and an interesting collection of flora and fauna are some of the features. This tourist town is constantly upgrading its beaches and recreation to ensure fun for the whole family.

  • Don't have a bathing suit? Maybe a nude beach is more your style? Wreck Beach in British Columbia is a nude beach hidden behind a forest at the western tip of Vancouver. Another nude beach is on Hornby Island, British Columbia. Tribune Bay is divided into two separate beaches with Little Tribune being the nude beach. (I'm not sure using the names "Hornby" and "Little" when describing a nude beach is appropriate, but I digress)

  • Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia is a scenic, unusual island and Igonish Beach reflects this beautifully. The beach has a salt-water beach area and fresh-water beach area separated by a sand bar. Located in Cape Breton Highlands National Park and part of the famous Cabot Trail, this Canadian beach offers more than just playing in the surf and soaking up the sun. The Cabot Trail is well-known for its cycling, mountain biking, hiking, and backpacking in Canada. Ingonish Beach is also famous for its lobster-rich waters so head to the nearest seafood restaurant after a day at one of the most unusual beaches in Canada.

  • As its name implies, Sandbanks Provincial Park on Lake Ontario has two of the largest freshwater sandbanks in the world. There are 3 separate beaches for swimming, windsurfing, canoeing, or sailing in Canada. There are hundreds of campsites in the park for easy access to the beaches. Go hiking on the Cedar Sands Trail that overlooks 25 m (80 foot) sand dunes or stop by the Sandbanks Estate Winery for a tour and a taste.

  • Not all of the best beaches in Canada have "fun in the sun" as their main attraction. Point Pelee offers some of the best bird watching in Canada. Located at the southernmost tip of mainland Canada, bird watchers have sighted 80 % of Ontario's bird species in Point Pelee National Park. The lush, ancient "Carolinian" forest offers the perfect resting spot for migrating birds and monarch butterflies.
The best time to visit Canadian beaches is between June and August. No matter what part of the country you are in, the beaches in Canada offer "fun and sun" in the surf. We have tried to capture the best beaches for you to enjoy including a couple of nude beaches.
 
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