While most of us weren’t able to take in a beach holiday this year, did you know that Canada has its fair share of beautiful beaches just waiting for you? Even though the weather has to be warm enough for sunbathing and swimming, the views from any of these beaches are sure to have you feeling like you’ve escaped to a faraway destination. Of course, make sure you travel responsibly and don’t leave any trash or items behind. These beaches are only as beautiful as we make them and they’re ours to protect.
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Wasaga Beach – Ontario
Just a stone’s throw away from Toronto is Wasaga Beach and it’s one of the top beach destinations in the GTA. Wasaga Beach is the longest freshwater lake in the world (bet you didn’t know that!) and its sandy beach is split up into different zones depending on what experience you’re after. Areas one and two are the most heavily trafficked, while five is best for families. Zone six is for those social distancing but all zones have warm, shallow water that’s safe for swimming.
Parlee Beach – New Brunswick
Parlee Beach in New Brunswick is known for having the warmest saltwater north of Virginia and it’s a fave among families for its shallow water, golden sand, and lifeguard patrol. The spot is super close by to the nearby lobster capital of Shediac so make sure you bring your appetite with you.
Cobourg Beach – Ontario
Under two hours from TO is Cobourg Beach and if you haven’t been yet, you’re seriously missing out. While Lake Ontario isn’t known for its crystal clear waters, Cobourg Beach has a clean shoreline complete with beautiful white sand.
Kathleen Lake – Yukon
Fancy a trip up to Yukon? If you’re headed up that way this summer, make sure you pay a visit to Kathleen Lake. The 80 km lake is a wildlife lovers paradise as it’s complete with fishing lodges, camping outposts and rugged treks for hiking. Plus, there’s even a 100 pound fish that’s said to reside in the water.
Long Beach – British Columbia
If surfing is your thing, don’t miss out on visiting BC’s Long Beach in Pacific Rim National Park. At 16km long, the beach has some of the most consistent surf and it’s plentiful with the history of the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations. Make sure you head to nearby Wickaninnish Beach for breathtaking views, too.
Good Spirit Lake – Saskatchewan
No matter what you’re looking to do, Good Spirit Lake in Saskatchewan has you covered. The sandy spot is perfect for anybody looking to relax, sunbathe, golf, hike, or fish. There are also three separate campgrounds if you’re looking to make your beach day a weekend trip.
Kitsilano Beach – British Columbia
This list wouldn’t be complete without adding in one of Canada’s most famous beaches. Kitsilano Beach in BC is a fave and for good reason. Its Southern California charm is everything we need up here and folks love the laid-back, sporty energy. The views are spectacular and the sand is sublime and perfect for relaxing or throwing a frisbee with pals. If swimming in the bay isn’t for you, take a dip in the saltwater pool, instead.