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Jun 30, 2016

15+ of Canada's best beaches

By: Caryn Ceolin

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Travel
Jun 30, 2016

15+ of Canada's best beaches

By: Caryn Ceolin

 

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15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for catching waves

Long Beach Location 20km south of Tofino, Vancouver Island The Vibe While the pristine sands make you want to lounge on shore, you can’t visit Long Beach without enjoying the surf. Rent a wetsuit and surfboard and see if you can get upright before the day is through. The Details Nestled between the rainforest and Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim, Long Beach is popular for surfers of all levels because of its gentle tows and mellow winds. GALLERY: The best tropical celebrity destinations

By: Caryn Ceolin Source: Courtesy of Destination British Columbia Credits: ELLECanada.com

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for taking it all off

Wreck Beach Location Where the Strait of Georgia mingles with the English Bay in B.C. (that’s West Vancouver for you non-west-coasters) The Vibe This prime-location stretch of sand is one of North America’s top nude beaches. GALLERY: The best celebrity destinations in Asia The Details You’ll get a great glow sans tan lines (but don’t dare skip on the sunscreen). Plus, it’s in a great location – where else can you spend the morning skiing and the afternoon baring your buns?

By: Caryn Ceolin Source: Courtesy of Wreck Beach Preservation Society Credits: ELLECanada.com

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for a trip back in time

Patricia Lake Location Four hours’ drive west of Edmonton. The Vibe Yes, it’s surrounded by aspen forest and the slopes of Pyramid Mountain rather than silky sand, but Patricia Lake is ideal for the tourist who’d rather explore its historic shores. The Details This was once the test site for a top-secret Second World War project to build an unsinkable aircraft carrier, and bits of the prototype vessel can still be found at the lake’s bottom. GALLERY: The best celebrity destinations in North America

By: Caryn Ceolin Source: Courtesy of Travel Alberta Credits: ELLECanada.com

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for a picnic

Cascade Ponds Location Just off the Trans-Canada Highway in Banff National Park. The Vibe Shallow waters and a scenic mountain view make this perfect for a family hangout or outdoorsy date. The Details Grab marshmallows in nearby Banff and roast them over the on-site firepits while enjoying the view of Mount Rundle. READ MORE: Inspiring Instagram accounts that make you want to travel

By: Sarah Veenstra Source: Sarah Veenstra Credits: ELLE Canada

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for a spa-like soak

Manitou Beach Location 100km east of Saskatoon The Vibe Visitors enjoy the therapeutic effects of bathing in water so buoyant it’s impossible to sink, bobbing about like rubber ducks under sunny skies. The Details The high salinity of Little Manitou Lake is nothing short of curative (it has five times more salt than the ocean). The list of health benefits – from increasing blood circulation to preventing hair loss – is long. GALLERY: The best celebrity destinations in North America

By: Caryn Ceolin Source: Courtesy of Flickr/Drew And Merissa Credits: ELLECanada.com

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for activities

Grand Beach Location On the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg, 80km north of the capital The Vibe This little paradise on the prairie rivals a community centre in leisure activities and Banff in beauty. Whether you want to swim, stroll or play sports by the lagoon, the whole family can dip their toes into the bustling beachfront. The Details The endangered piping plover nests here, which makes it a great place to bird-watch. MUST-READ: Top summer travel trends

By: Caryn Ceolin Source: Courtesy of Travel Manitoba Credits: ELLECanada.com

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for a city escape

Sugar Beach Location The heart of Toronto The Vibe Once a parking lot, this city beach at the edge of Lake Ontario is now the perfect place to lounge under hot-pink umbrellas when a getaway to cottage country is not on the cards. The Details Nestled between the Redpath Sugar Factory and Corus Entertainment headquarters, Sugar Beach also hosts concerts and film screenings. GALLERY: 10 of the most beautiful hotel-room views

By: Caryn Ceolin Source: Courtesy of Canadian Tourism Commission Credits: ELLECanada.com

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach to cross off your bucket list

Wasaga Beach Location On the southern tip of Georgian Bay, a two-hour drive north of Toronto. The Vibe The youthful atmosphere and infectious buzz of this destination will have you getting involved in the many events, activities, water sports and festivals taking place all season long. The Details This 14-kilometre stretch is the longest freshwater beach in the world. READ MORE: What to do on New Zealand's North Island

By: Sarah Veenstra Source: Instagram.com/chef_mauricio_melendez Credits: ELLE Canada

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for a party

Grand Bend Location On the sands of Lake Huron, 220 kilometres west of Toronto. The Vibe Packed with sun-kissed visitors enjoying waterside patios like Coco’s and watching holiday fireworks displays, this beach doesn’t sleep. The Details Take a break from sunbathing and check out the unique shops and restaurants lining Main Street. READ MORE: Weekend getaway to Miami

By: Sarah Veenstra Source: Instagram.com/anirac_anne Credits: ELLE Canada

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for exploring

Katherine Cove Location Tucked into the eastern shore of Lake Superior, 155 kilometres north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. The Vibe Crystal-clear water creeps up the sand and into the evergreens. Go exploring beyond the beach for new sights and uncharted territory around every corner. The Details You might spot First Nations pictographs on rocks in the area if you go for a hike. And don’t miss nearby Bathtub Island, where a warm shallow pool awaits. READ MORE: An insider's guide to Oregon

By: Sarah Veenstra Source: Instagram.com/mmi_nk Credits: ELLE Canada

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for building sandcastles

Du Havre-Aubert Beach Location Surrounded by the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, in Quebec’s Magdalen Islands. The Vibe Home to the world’s biggest sandcastle contest, a sense of childlike wonderment exists for all ages at Havre-Aubert, where elaborate castles always blanket the beach. The Details Resisting the urge to create a show-stopping castle is hard, so come prepared with a bucket and shovel. GALLERY: Top 10 travel fashion essentials

By: Caryn Ceolin Source: Courtesy of TQ/Louise Mondoux Credits: ELLECanada.com

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for swimming

Parlee Beach Location Less than 200km northeast of Saint John, N.B. The Vibe Trade in your deck chair for a towel because the best thing to do on this beach is dive in and get wet. The Details With the warmest water in the north (reaching up to 25°C), Parlee Beach can make you feel like you’re vacationing further south. MUST-READ: Expert summer packing tips

By: Caryn Ceolin Source: Courtesy of Tourism New Brunswick, Canada Credits: ELLECanada.com

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for meditation

Sandy Cove Location A three-hour drive north of St. John’s, Nfld. The Vibe The calm waters and spectacular views offer a serene oasis for those looking for a scenic walk or a place to finally read that book that’s been collecting dust on a bedside table. The Details Minutes from the historical town of Sandy Cove, the beach is surrounded by picnic areas, hiking trails and the famous Sandy Cove Head Lookout, where a view of the entire beach can be captured in one photo. READ MORE: New Zealand's art deco time warp

By: Sarah Veenstra Source: Instagram.com/charlenecullen12 Credits: ELLE Canada

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for hiking

Salmon Cove Sands Location 120km from St. John’s, Nfld The Vibe With a hiking trail rising over 60 meters above the heart-shaped beach, Salmon Cove Sands offers a high for those who want to trek on the clifftops overlooking the Atlantic. The Details Fishing boats making their way past the rocky shores and whales feeding on caplin at the mouth of the cove can be spotted from the trail. GALLERY: What to pack for a summer city getaway

By: Caryn Ceolin Source: Courtesy of Newfoundland and Labrador/Barrett & MacKay Photography Credits: ELLECanada.com

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for a “Caribbean” escape

Carters Beach Location 160km southwest of Halifax The Vibe With turquoise tides and sparkling white sand, Carters Beach lends a tropical touch to the east coast. The clear water is perfect for snorkelling, giving you a glimpse of the sealife lurking below the surface. The Details The sand gets its sparkle from the surrounding granite – but granite holds cold temperatures, which means the water is icy enough to remind you that you’re still in Canada. GALLERY: Travel beauty guide – the editor's picks

By: Caryn Ceolin Source: Courtesy of Helen Potgieter/Sandy Lane Vacation Rentals Credits: ELLECanada.com

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for wildlife watching

Ingonish Beach Location On the Atlantic coast of Cape Breton Island, NS The Vibe This whale-watching mecca is a marine wonderland, so don’t forget the binoculars. The Details Secure a spot on a whale-watching tour, as there’s no better place than this stretch of shore to see seals, dolphins and fin, minke, humpback and pilot whales. GALLERY: The best celebrity destinations in Europe

By: Caryn Ceolin Source: Courtesy of Wally Hayes/Nova Scotia Tourism Agency Credits: ELLECanada.com

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for a kayaking trip

Cabots Landing Beach Location The northern tip of Cape Breton Island, NS. The Vibe Paddle out to enjoy the view of the island and feel the salty air on your face. Stop for a picnic lunch and an afternoon hike through the trails on Wilkie Sugar Loaf mountain. The Details Cabots was once a launching site for First Nations Mi’kmaq heading to Newfoundland. READ MORE: Weekend getaway to Portland

By: Sarah Veenstra Source: Instagram.com/meredithhigginss Credits: ELLE Canada

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for making music

Singing Sands Beach Location 100km east of Charlottetown, PEI The Vibe This beach, quite literally, speaks for itself – believe it or not, you’ll create your own soundtrack by simply shuffling along the sand. Don’t forget to pack a guitar for accompaniment. The Details The theory is that the perfectly rounded quartz sand is what produces a clear “singing” sound while you walk – but scientists still aren’t quite sure. MUST-READ: 30 must-have travel apps

By: Caryn Ceolin Source: Courtesy John Sylvester/Tourism PEI Credits: ELLECanada.com

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for taking postcard-worthy pictures

Bennett Lake Beach Location A 45-minute drive south of Whitehorse The Vibe Come armed with a camera, as you’ll want to capture this unique landscape. Think blue waters fringed by the snow-capped Coast Mountains and impressive stretches of sand. The Details Sand from Bennett Lake Beach is carried by the wind to the nearby Carcross Desert — the “World’s Smallest Desert,” as named by Guinness World Records. GALLERY: What to pack for a summer beach escape

By: Caryn Ceolin Source: Courtesy of Derek Crowe/Governmentt of Yukon Credits: ELLECanada.com

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for a walk on the moon

Grosbeak Lake Location Cross Great Slave Lake with Jazz Air from Yellowknife, N.T. The Vibe Glacial boulders left behind from the Ice Age form a fascinating visual moonscape here. Visit at dusk for a truly alien experience. The Details The area is also on a band of salt flats formed by water that has percolated through underground salt deposits left by an ancient sea some 390 million years ago. GALLERY: The best tropical celebrity destinations

By: Caryn Ceolin Source: Courtesy of Cheryl Hval Credits: ELLECanada.com

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for a polar-bear plunge

Hay River beach Location On the south shore of Great Slave Lake, across from Yellowknife, NT. The Vibe With calm, cool waters that don't warm up until mid-summer, this beach is a prime spot for kayaking, boating, fishing or a refreshing dip after a day of soaking up rays. The Details Once the home of an active northern trading post, Hay River is now a hot spot for viewing the natural waterfalls and the aurora borealis and for fishing expeditions. READ MORE: Travel video diary: Kamalame Cay private island in the Bahamas

By: Sarah Veenstra Source: Instagram.com/ayrajanephotography Credits: ELLECanada.com

15 of Canada's best beaches

Best beach for an adventure

Brady’s Beach Location To find your way to Brady’s Beach, you have to first find your way to tiny Bamfield, B.C. There are no paved roads leading into town, so visitors get here by hiking the West Coast Trail or catching a floatplane from Port Alberni. The Vibe Beautiful and secluded in the most wonderful way, this rugged bit of coastline will keep you intrigued for days. The Details Brady’s Beach is one of B.C.’s best-kept secrets. Search out the blowhole in the craggy rocks – it’s said to spout water six metres in the air when the waves crash. Stylish summer travel: Your ultimate guide

By: Caryn Ceolin Source: Courtesy of Tourism Vancouver Islandtktktktkktktk Credits: ELLECanada.com
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15+ of Canada's best beaches