When you think of a beach, you probably think of somewhere far away such as French Polynesia, the Caribbean or the Hawaiian Islands. One of Canada’s little secrets is that it is full of beaches. With more than 124,000 miles of coastline, Canada has more coastline than any other country in the world. Some of the beaches are outstanding; in fact, any beach-enthusiast would think of them as world-class. If you ever visit, here is a list of some of the best beaches in Canada.
Long Beach, Vancouver Island
Situated in a place of great beauty, Long Beach is one of the best places to visit on Vancouver Island. For the visitor, there are accommodations such as hotels, resorts and lodges. Also there are cafes, restaurants and pubs. For the outdoor-enthusiast, the nature-trails are great and there is a great diversity of of fish, birds, reptiles and mammals. Lastly, the area is known for whale watching, in as the Pacific Gray Whales pass through in the spring and fall.
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island(PEI) and beaches are practically synonyms; when visitors think of PEI they image sandy beaches, blue-skies and beautiful sunsets. With more than 683 miles of coastline and numerous beaches, you will find one you enjoy. Three of the popular are Basin Head, Brackley Beach and the north end’s Cavendish. On PEI is about the outdoors; there is swimming, snorkeling, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Also there are twenty plus bicycle rental shops on the island and hundreds of miles of trails to explore. Each beach has its own personality, attractions and activities; choose well and enjoy your adventure.
Sandbanks Beach, Ontario
Sandbanks is known for its golden sands and sparkling water and is one of the popular places to see in Ontario. This destination is actually three beaches: Outlet, Dunes and Sandbanks Beach. With its large sand dunes these are among the most beautiful beaches in Ontario. The Shallow waters make this a great place for the kids; Also the conditions are good for sailing, windsurfing and canoeing. Lastly, Sandbanks has trails and dog friendly areas too.
Grand Beach, Manitoba
Grand Beach is located one hour north of Winnipeg in Grand Beach Provincial Park ; the beach is three kilometers in length with white sands backed by sand dunes. On the west-end there is a boardwalk offering food, drink and shopping. For the camper there are forty-eight seasonal camp sites, with electrical service. Popular activities include cycling, nature-walks, boating, fishing and bird-watching, Back in June 2012, Grand Beach received the international Blue Flag designation for extraordinary & safe beaches.
Devonshire Beach, Alberta
The Province of Alberta is land locked and sandy beaches are rare, which makes Devonshire Beach a popular place; the seven kilometer beach is located two and half hours north of Edmonton, AB on Slave Lake. In the area you will find campgrounds, towns, marinas and beach resorts along its shores. Popular activities include sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing, swimming and fishing. If you like hiking there is also a paved 23-km recreational trail. Lastly weather permitting, Devonshire hosts the annual sand sculpturing competition each July.