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Best Beaches in Canada

Updated on May 29, 2010

Canadian beaches

 Canada is home to some of the best beaches in the world with some of the awesome beaches in British Columbia and Ontario. This list of best beaches in Canada include Long Beach, Sauble beach, Sandbanks, Grand Beach to the clothing-optional Wreck beach. Beaches are great places to spend relaxing time with family and kids. You can just dig a hole on the beach, or make a dam or construct a sandcastle with your kids or just do some sunbathing or relaxing stroll with your loved one, spending time on a beach is memorable and Canada provides some of the best beaches in the world.

best beach in canada
best beach in canada

1. Long Beach, Vancouver

Located on Vancouver Island's west coast, Long Beach is a glorious stretch of golden sand between Ucluet and Tofino. Surfing is a common sport in this great area. One million visitors a year make the journey west from Parksville on Highway 4 to experience the romantic isolation of the Long Beach region as it is one of the best beaches in Canada. The magnificent Pacific Rim National Park is the only national park on Vancouver Island, providing protection for substantial rain forests and an amazing marine environment. Radar Beach, Long Beach, Combers Beach, and Wickaninnish Beach run successively from north to south and stretch for about 15 miles between Cox and Quisitas Points. Together they comprise the Long Beach Unit of beaches, and the most visited portion of the park. Despite its popularity, Long Beach remains a magical place of sand and surf, sea lions and starfish.

2. Sauble Beach

Sauble beach sunset
Sauble beach sunset

 Gracing the lake Huron shoreline in Ontario, Sauble Beach is a pristine stretch of sand cradled by the shallow warmth of the lake - a great family favorite of all ages. Kite surfing, kayaking, swimming, skiing, fishing, boating, sun bathing, shopping, hiking, cycling, sunsets and several other fun activities make it one of the Best Beaches in Canada.  The sunsets at the Sauble beach are second to none. Sauble Beach is the second longest freshwater beach in the world after Wasaga Beach. A unique phenomenon of sandbar deposits on the shore keep the beach at Sauble very shallow and warm, making this a popular destination for families with kids.

3. Sandbanks Provincial Park

Sandy beach is home of three sandy beaches, great for swimming, windsurfing and sailing and boating. Sandbanks Provincial Park is one of southern Ontario's most delightful recreational spots, a summer magnet for campers and day visitors. Sandbanks boasts three sandy beaches in Canada, Outlet Beach, Sandbanks Beach and Dunes Beach, among the largest and most beautiful beaches in Ontario, with golden sand and sparkling water. Windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and boating compete with sunbathing and swimming as favourite park activities.

4. Grand Beach, Lake Winnipeg

 Grand Beach Provincial Park along the southeastern shore of Lake Winnipeg has grass topped dunes and silky white sands. Less than an hour from Winnipeg, Grand Beach has been called one of Canada’s best beaches. The beach has three kilometres of fine, white sand backed by 12-metre sand dunes on the edge of the town of Grand Marais in Grand Beach Provincial Park. Since the 1920s, the beach has been a regular destination for thousands of visitors in the summer. It sits on the eastern side of Lake Winnipeg, North America’s sixth largest freshwater lake. The lake and its surrounding beaches are a remnant of the prehistoric Glacial Lake Agassiz.

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      Dave C 5 years ago

      Grand Bend in Western Ontario is a beautiful white sand beach with a bustling main street full of restaurants and merchants

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      D. holland 6 years ago

      Best beach is by far the Cavendish Beach in PEI. Beautiful pure sand, ocean waters, big waves, large sand dunes...unspoiled..perfection!

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      Mike 6 years ago

      Tribune Bay, Hornby Island B.C. After Long Beach the best beach in B.C.

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      l. holloran 6 years ago

      thunder beach

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      David 6 years ago

      New River Beach in New Brunswick. Too cold to swim, but what a beautiful stretch of sand!

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      Patryce Kidd 7 years ago

      Grand Beach, Manitoba, is the best beach in Canada.

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      Sandria Green-Stewart 8 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Great hub and info. The pictues look great. The closest that I've come to a beach in Ontario is the Wasaga Beach. I haven't been for the last 2 years though.