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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Wasaga Beach, Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, Ontario
This popular stretch of shore on Georgian Bay plays host to over two million people each year at its eight beaches. The Blue-Flag-rated spot has great water, sand and sun, and people watching. Beaches One and Two are livelier (think lifeguard championships and soap-box derbies), while the rest offer more family-friendly amenities and playgrounds.
Wow factor: At 14 km long, it’s touted as the world’s longest freshwater beach.
Where it’s at: Up the 400 from Toronto, north on Highway 26 from Barrie.