The Top 8 Beach Destinations in Canada

The Land of the Maple Leaf is not a country known for its beaches. However, once you get a work permit visa to Canada and move here, you will be astonished by the beautiful coasts you can see here.

These beaches are spread across the country, and once you have migrated and settled here, you can create a bucket list to visit them.

Aside from getting the chance to enjoy the surf and sand, you will be able to explore all the beautiful sights and amazing activities Canada has to offer. More importantly, you can know more about the locals, culture, and traditions that make this country stand out from the rest.

Below are the best beach destinations you have to visit once you’re in Canada:

1. Auger’s Beach

Although Ottawa, Canada’s capital, has plenty of beaches, Auger’s Beach is a standout. As such, it should be one of the first destinations you head out to if you move to or visit this city.

Located in Constance Bay Village, along the Ottawa River, Auger’s Beach is a picturesque, sandy beach. It is a family-friendly destination where swimming, fishing, boating, and sailing are the top and most enjoyable activities.

The area is not too commercialized, and because of this, Auger’s Beach manages to retain its charm and pristine sand, water, and sceneries.

Constance Bay Village is also a quiet and peaceful place. It is the perfect destination if you want to experience a relaxing getaway.

2. Wasaga Beach

Another must-visit beach in Ontario, Wasaga Beach has eight miles of sandy shorelines, thus making it the longest freshwater beach in the world.

Wasaga Beach has warm, shallow waters, making it perfect for swimming and frolicking. Its soft sands are ideal for sunbathing, relaxing, and picnics.

Tourists, both new and returning, say that the town of Wasaga Beach, which is located in the Georgian Bay area, is comparable to Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale. It has something to offer to people who want to relax and those looking for a more enjoyable and exciting time.

The area is also known for its huge events, which include the Wasaga Beach Fest and the Wasaga Beach Blues Fest.

3. Ingonish Beach

One of the most beautiful beaches in Canada can be found in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

What sets apart the Ingonish Beach is its natural barrier, which divides the freshwater stream and saltwater from the Atlantic Ocean. Because of this unique feature, swimmers can enjoy two different types of swimming experiences in just one beach.

Ingonish Beach boasts of warm waters and a large swimming zone. This destination also has several tour operators that enable tourists to go on exciting scenic rides over the areas with stronger currents. There are whale-watching cruises you can join as well.

The area is also home to the Cabot Trail, which gives tourists the chance to enjoy both fresh and saltwater fishing expeditions.

4. Penouille Beach

Quebec’s National Park Forillon boasts such a variety of attractions and activities that spending a day here won’t be enough. Renting a car for a road trip would be a smart decision if you want to explore this area.

Its most popular attraction, though, is Penouille Beach, a sandy beach near the Fort Peninsula, which is a garrison built during World War II.

Aside from swimming, you can enjoy kayaking and windsurfing here. You can also join a paddleboarding sunset or nighttime excursion where you will have a guide take you on a scenic tour of the area over water.

You can also enjoy whale watching through the waters of the Gaspé Bay and the Gulf of St. Lawrence while you are in the area.

5. Long Beach

British Columbia is home to one of the loveliest and most fascinating beaches in Canada: Long Beach.

With several miles of soft sands and clear waters, Long Beach is an excellent place for swimming and other water sports. However, to enjoy these activities, it is best to visit this place in the summer since it rains nearly every day here during the rest of the year.

Aside from the usual water activities, Long Beach is known for the thousands of grey whales that migrate to the area during spring and summer. You can see these amazing creatures via a whale watching tour.

In addition to whale watching, another must-try exciting activity here is storm watching.

6. Parlee Beach

When you live in or visit New Brunswick, make sure you drop by Parlee Beach.

Parlee Beach is near Northumberland Strait, which separates New Brunswick and Nova Scotia from Prince Edward Island. Its warm waters make it excellent for dips and long swims.

It is a popular destination for beachgoers who want to play beach volleyball and football. It is also a go-to place for camping.

Parlee Beach is near Shediac, a town known for its lobster fishing industry. It is also home to the largest lobster sculpture in the world. As such, it is an excellent side trip to include in your itinerary, too.

7. Brackley Beach

Although this beach has quite a dark history, Prince Edward Island’s most popular swimming spot boasts of miles of pristine sandy beaches and splendid dunes.

Brackley Beach is a magnificent spot for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and deep-sea fishing. It also has several camping grounds and accommodation options.

Dunes Gallery, which houses magnificent Island art, a craft shop, and café, is also worth a visit.

8. Grand Beach Provincial Park

Located in Manitoba, the Grand Beach Provincial Park is one of the most spacious and picturesque beaches all over Canada.

The beach is surrounded by attractive landscapes. As you stroll around, you are free to pick berries that you can see around.  The area is known for its variety of these fruits, which include blueberries and chokecherries.

Visitors can also enjoy bike rides, playing beach games, and watching the sunset in this beautiful coastal area.

Although you can visit these beaches by entering Canada with a tourist visa, if you are a skilled professional, consider applying for a work permit so that you can enjoy the benefits that come with immigrating to this country.

Look into the different migration pathways or speak with an immigration consultant to know more about your options.


Bevan Berning is an Immigration professional and owner of Pathway Visas, an Immigration Agency dealing mostly with skilled immigration to Canada and Australia. Bevan’s enthusiasm for the industry has kept in the Immigration field for the past seven years. Bevan is South African by birth and has been residing in Dubai for the past eight years.