Best Beaches in Canada
When people think about Canada, beautiful beaches may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, Canada boast a great many and TripAtlas.com has compiled a list of some of the best.
* Long Beach in Tofino, British Columbia. With 25 km of beach, Long Beach lives up to its name as one of the longest on the west coast. It's also known as the most popular surf destination in Canada. As a runner-up, Vancouver's clothing-optional Wreck Beach received a mention by TripAtlas.com.
* In the Prairie province of Alberta, Devonshire Beach in Lesser Lake Provincial Park is recommended thanks to its rich history and natural setting. Don't be surprised to catch a glimpse of a moose wandering near the beach!
* Saskatchewan's Manitou Beach, just north of Regina, received the nod for its mineral-rich water. Just like Israel's Dead Sea, swimmers easily float in the salty water.
* Churchill, Manitoba may be polar-bear country, but Grand Beach was recommended for its gorgeous white sand.
* The Central Canadian province of Ontario boasts a large number of beaches, but for those looking for a quaint getaway, Owen Sound's Sauble Beach, or Sandbanks Provincial Park in Picton, offer warm swimming waters due to their sandbars. Ashbridges Bay in Toronto was also listed as a must-visit beach for volleyball enthusiasts.
* There is sure to be a beach to your liking among the 300-km of white sandy beaches in the Iles de la Madeleine. For something more accessible, TripAtlas.com recommends Lac Saint-Jean, Lac Deux-Montagnes and the Laurentians.
* In New Brunswick, Val-Comeau offers beach-goers the closest Caribbean-like experience without having to board a plane. New River Beach Provincial Park is also recommended for its tidal pools, kayaking opportunities and wealth of marine life.
* For those looking to body surf or just take a leisurely swim, Nova Scotia's Martinique Beach receives top marks, while Melmerby Beach is recommended for having some of the warmest waters in Canada.
* In Prince Edward Island, Basin Head is a favourite destination for locals. The sands are said to "sing" due to quartz that causes friction and results in a squeaking sound when you walk along the shore.
* For those looking to escape the crowds and connect with nature, Sandbanks Provincial Park in Newfoundland and Labrador offers the Burgeo islands. Hiking and kayaking are popular here, and the herds of caribou known to traverse the area is a sight not to be missed.