Though the unacquainted often consider it nothing more than a land of ice and snow, Canada boasts countless sunny, world-class beaches. Canada’s beaches have something to offer everyone, from adrenaline-fueled surfing and other water sports to lounging in beach chairs and sipping lemonade.
Kitsilano Beach, known by locals as “Kits,” is one of Vancouver’s most famous and popular beaches. In addition to the beautiful and well-kept urban beachfront, Kitsilano Beach offers visitors the opportunity to participate in a host of outdoor activities, including tennis, basketball, beach volleyball and, for younger beach-goers, a playground. Lifeguards are on duty from late May to early September, ensuring that a swim at Kits will be both enjoyable and safe. At the end of a long day at the beach, hungry visitors often find themselves dining at the beach’s waterfront restaurant.
Plage St. Pierre
Plage St-Pierre on Cape Breton Island in Chéticamp, Nova Scotia, is an ideal location for anyone seeking white sand and warm water. A great place for a family vacation, Plage St-Pierre is the ideal spot for taking it easy, and the warm water makes for very enjoyable swimming. The more adventurous can make an excursion to nearby Cape Breton Highlands National Park, which features vast expanses of pristine natural beauty and a number of excellent hiking trails. Lively local restaurants feature a family-friendly atmosphere, fresh seafood and even live music. Visitors not satisfied with a mere day trip can make use of the beach’s campgrounds or one of the area’s charming hotels.
Situated in Pacific Rim National Park, Long Beach is one of Vancouver Island’s most celebrated beaches and is easily among the most beautiful beaches in Canada. Long Beach lives up to its name, spanning 10 kilometres of gorgeous, seemingly untouched beachfront. More remote than the other beaches on this list, Long Beach is best suited for a relaxing day enjoying the area’s picturesque vistas. The beach is popular with surfers, and world-class hiking trails are a stone’s throw away. For longer stays, the area has a number of campgrounds available as well as high-class resort hotels.
Grand Bend, situated on the shores of Lake Huron in Ontario, draw crowds from all over the country to its sandy, swimmer-friendly beaches and lively surroundings. With more than 30 miles of beachfront, Grand Bend has something for everyone, from families planning a quiet picnic on the beach to young sunbathers seeking a lively nightlife. In stark contrast to Long Beach, Grand Bend’s beaches are nestled in the midst of a bustling town, offering visitors a wide variety of attractions, restaurants and hotels. Party-oriented guests will find the town replete with lively clubs and bars, while more family-oriented visitors can patronize one of the many charming family restaurants.
From white sands and warm water to hiking and water sports, Canada’s beaches accommodate every kind of visitor. This list comprises only a small sample of the various excellent beaches and beautiful coastline that Canada has to offer.
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