Did you know that Canada’s abundance of shorelines stretches farther than in any other country? Coupled with thousands of kilometres of lakes and you have beach paradise. Because there were so many, we decided to make this beach series a two-parter and start with our favourite West Coast beaches – warm water, sunny sand, surf and swimming included.
Skaha Beach, Penticton, British Columbia
Why we love it? Located in the loved Okanagan Valley it beach hosts volleyball, picnic tables, tennis and basketball courts. There is also a water splash park, a marina with a boat launch, and a playground marina. Oh, and did we mention some of the best wind and kite surfing around?
Not to miss event: Penticton’s Annual Peachfest
For more info: Okanagan Vacation Guide
Kluane Lake, Kluane National Park and Reserve
Why we love it? If you’re looking for a wildlife paradise, this is the place. Kluane translates to “big fish” and it won’t disappoint with lake trout and arctic grayling. The park is also a UNESCO World Heritage site and for good reason.
Not to miss: A 100-pound “monster” fish is said to inhabit the lake. Watch your toes!
For more info: Parks Canada
Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia
Why we love it? Long Beach lives up to its name spreading between Ucluelet and Tofino and offering 16km of accessible sand. This is one of Canada’s most famous west coast beaches. It’s a surfing hotspot.
Not to miss: Some of the most consistent surf on the planet.
For more info: Long Beach Maps
Chesterman Beach, Vancouver Island, British Columbia
Why we love it? With three km of white sand that reaches out to Frank Island, the winds might blow you away but the view is amazing.
Not to miss: Whales! Humpback, grey, orca, minke and if you’re lucky a great blue.
For more info: Tourism Tofino
Sylvan Lake, Alberta
Why we love it? It’s family-friendly and offers everything from boating, fishing, scuba diving to golfing, volleyball and go-carting.
Not to miss: Wild Rapids Waterslide Park
For more info: Sylvan Lake Tourism
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