The Best Beaches in Canada for swimming
What makes a good beach one of the best beaches in Canada? The swimming, of course! Saskatchewan’s Manitou Beach has kid-friendly sandy expanses, but it’s the mineral-rich water that keeps bathers pleasantly buoyant. For extended submersions, Parlee Beach, N.B., has this country’s warmest salt water, and the shallow aquamarine Pine Lake in the Northwest Territories heats up to about 20 C under summer’s almost-endless sun.
The Best Beaches in Canada for building sandcastles
For a country with a reputation for harsh winters, it’s easy to forget that there’s plenty of sand to go around on Canada’s beaches. Prince Edward Island’s Cavendish Beach, Manitoba’s Grand Beach and Alberta’s Devonshire Beach host annual sand-sculpture contests, but they’ve also got, respectively, a live-lobster touch tank, three kilometres of dunes and hundreds of campsites.
The Best Beaches in Canada for small wave surfing
An hour from Halifax, Lawrencetown Beach is home to surf schools for beginners. In Kincardine, Ont., Station Beach offers consistent swells in salt-free water. Rocky Sombrio, a two-hour drive west from Victoria, is also popular with experienced surfers.