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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Grand Beach, Grand Beach Provincial Park, Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba
The three-kilometre stretch of silica sand set among the rolling dunes of Lake Winnipeg, Canada’s sixth-largest lake, sees thousands of visitors each summer taking in the sun, surf, and self-guided trails. Home to the endangered piping plover, the area is great for boardsailing, boating, birdwatching, fishing and strolling the boardwalk, with tennis and golf nearby.
Wow factor: Big sky country meets big lake country = stunning natural beauty.
Where it’s at: One hour north of Winnipeg on Highway 59.