Guide to Canada’s Coastal Hotspots

lighthouse-canada-coast

For someone who has lived in Canada for most of my life, I’ve travelled and criss-crossed this country many times. But most of my trips have been to cities, lakes or mountains. I’ve very rarely made it to beach. Surprising, huh? It’s especially surprising when you learn that the world’s second biggest country has some 260,000 kilometres of coastline. We have more beaches and coastline than almost anywhere in the world! One of the little known facts about Canada is that it has one of the longest coastlines in the world!

It’s only when you look at the map you notice all the wonderful coastal destinations. From Prince Edward Island to British Columbia, you can enjoy amazing coastal scenery with either pure wilderness or  a cottage, a luxurious inn or a rental home nearby. Out of all the great places in Canada where you can visit the beach or enjoy the coast, here are some of the top ones you should visit.

Long Beach Tofino, British Columbia
Here is another place where you can enjoy eye-popping scenic sea views. Whale watching and storm-watching are among the major attractions at this beachfront. Every year, thousands of grey whales migrate to this coast in spring and summer. In fact, you can participate in whale-watching tours from Ucluelet and Tofino. However, since this area is a temperate rainforest, blessed with plenty of rain, the best time to visit is between July and September. Long Beach is actually the lengthiest sandy beach in the Vancouver Island with over 16 kilometres of sand within the stunning environment of the Pacific Rim Park. When you come to this beach, you can also indulge yourself a bit at the elegant Wickaninnish Inn.

Hopewell Rocks, New Brunswick
Hopewell Rocks provides dramatic scenery of rocks and shorebirds. Located in Rocks Provincial Park in Hopewell Cape, New Brunswich, these ancient rock formations have the highest sea tides on earth. This shoreline attains a tide of up to 14 metres in height. You can see the rocks created by the tide of the Bay of Fundy. They provide a place for kayakers to meander and enjoy their sport. But towards the end of July, you can see over a million shorebirds at Hopewell Rocks. These birds undertake a migration of about 4,000 kilometres south and stop here at the end of summer.

Mortinique Beach, East Petpeswick, Nova Scotia
Mortinique is a very beautiful beach with rather loud waves and a really gorgeous expanse of sandy shorelines that are great for surfing, beachcombing and swimming. You have about five kilometres of beach for playing, picnics and barbecue. In addition, this particular beach is home for varied species of birds, including the piping plover which enjoys special protection in this area. As you enjoy the scenic view of the sea, you may also be greeted by a friendly seal that may show up occasionally on the shoreline. Also, if you love diving, you will enjoy this beach because the temperature of the water usually rises to as much as 18 degrees Celsius.

Singing Sands Beach, Prince Edward Island
Singing Sands Beach is a distinct part of over 800 kilometres of beaches available on Prince Edward Island. This amazing beach, located about 93 km east of Charlottetown, makes a unique squealing sound when you walk on it or when the wind blows. Although scientists and tourism officials are still searching for the main cause of this strange sound, it is a great place to visit. As you enjoy the swishing sound made by the finely textured quartz beach sand, you will also enjoy the warm water which can attain a temperature of up to 21 degrees Celsius. This beach is part of the Basin Head Provincial Park and is currently available for day-use during summer.

Chesterman Beach, Vancouver Island
If you love watching whales, the Chesterman Beach is a great place to see at least four different whale species including: the minke, orca, grey, and humpback whales. Once in a while a massive blue whale may even show up. Apart from whales, you will see a wide expanse of white sand that extends for about 3 kilometres. This is the sandbar that separates the North Beach and South Beach and extends to Frank Island. Chesterman Beach is a great place for surfing in summer and storm-watching during winter. It’s a brief walk from the Chocoloate Tofino store and the popular Tofitian Expresso House. For a long stay, you may like to book a rental home or enjoy a luxurious treat at the Chateaux Wickaninnish Inn.

Sandbanks Provincial Park, Burgeo, Newfoundland
If you love nature and you are looking for a beachfront that will provide stunning views of water, rock, vegetation and wildlife, you should visit the Sandbanks Provincial Park. This place is serene and beautiful. It’s a bird watcher’s heaven, with thousands of plovers and sandpipers available to see. You can also catch a glimpse of the sprawling Annieopsquotch Mountains. One of the unique features of this beach is the amazing flow of salt water and fresh water. When the tide is high, salt water flows to the Grepesy Brook en route to the Heron Pond. But at low tide, you can see fresh water flowing down the same brook into the ocean.

Signing off
Those are some of the amazing destinations with exceptional beaches, coastline and sea views in Canada. These are beautiful places to visit any time of year but are best in July, August and September when the climate is warm. For active travellers, these destinations offer great opportunities to explore the coast on foot, on a bike or by kayak, while other beaches also offer surfing, swimming and other water sports. get out there and explore Canada’s coastline!