For a place without a sun-and-sand reputation, Canada certainly has an abundance of shorelines, stretching farther than in any other country in the world. Add to this the thousands of kilometres of lakeshores big and small, and you have a waterfront scene that could take lifetimes to explore. Here are our picks for the best beaches in Canada — those with the warmest water, the best sand, surf and swimming, the tiny hidden gems and the bountiful aquatic wonders, all right under our noses, from coast to coast.
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Kathleen Lake, Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon
Located in Yukon’s southwest, Kluane translates to “big fish,” and for good reason: Lake trout and Arctic grayling are in abundance. The area around this 80-km-long lake is a wildlife paradise, complete with fishing lodges, camping outposts and rugged treks.
Wow factor: This park is not a UNESCO World Heritage site for nothing. The lake’s panoramic beauty is beyond belief.
Nota bene: Grizzlies are plentiful. Also, a 100-pound “monster” fish is said to inhabit the lake.
Where it’s at: From Whitehorse, take the Alaska Highway toward Destruction Bay.