Do you know which country in the world has the most coast line? You guessed it, it’s Canada. Most people think of Canada’s natural beauty to be our magnificent mountains, amazing national parks and glorious lakes, but there are some world-class beaches across this great land that can’t be forgotten.
Here are the top five best beaches in Canada that I have visited:
1) Long Beach, British Columbia – Located on Vancouver Island, Long Beach is definitely not an easy one to reach, but once you get there you’ll quickly discover it’s worth the trip. Long Beach is on the west side of a peninsula that rests on the Pacific Ocean. Start swimming west and the next stop is Japan. If you get lucky, you might spot a whale off the coast! And if you’re looking for a great place to stay nearby, consider BEST WESTERN Tin Wis Resort Lodge in nearby Tofino.
2) Grand Bend, Ontario – Believe it or not, in my late teens a group of us would regularly make the seven-hour drive from Ottawa to Grand Bend for a week at the beach. We often stayed at the Pinery Provincial Park, which is located about ten minutes west of Grand Bend. The area has lots to offer, such as big, soft sand dunes, great golf and a fun little resort town. There are four Best Western properties within forty kilometers of the beach: , BEST WESTERN The Historic Parlour Inn, BEST WESTERN Guildwood Inn and BEST WESTERN PLUS Stoneridge Inn.
3) South Shore of Prince Edward Island – The red sands is a definite must-see destination in Canada. In fact, Prince William and Kate have included it on their upcoming Canadian tour. The area above Northumberland Straight consists of miles of unique red sand shores, stunningly high cliffs and lush rolling hills. It’s a great family destination with some of the most scenic and affordable golf courses in the country. A great hotel option in PEI is BEST WESTERN Charlottetown.
4) Wasaga Beach, Ontario – About an hour north of Toronto, Wasaga Beach consists of fourteen kilometres of white sandy beach along the southern tip of Georgian Bay. Though the permanent population is just about 15,000 full-time residents, the area attracts more than two million visitors every year. Among the famous Canadians who hail from this small town are NHL player Jason Arnott and Canadian rock icon Kim Mitchell. There are two Best Western hotel less than thirty kilometres from the beach: BEST WESTERN PLUS Highland Inn and BEST WESTERN Royal Oak Inn.
5) Queensland Beach, Nova Scotia – This beach may not make many top-five lists, but it makes mine. I spent many summers at a small cottage just fifteen minutes away in nearby Chester. Queensland Beach is on the Atlantic Ocean, just a short drive from many must-see attractions like Peggy`s Cove and Lunenburg, home of the Bluenose. A great place to stay is nearby Bridgewater at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Bridgewater Hotel.
I know this list only scratches the surface, so please let me know your favourite beaches in Canada by posting a comment below.