St Martins, New Brunswick

St Martins, New Brunswick

Photo: New Brunswick Tourism Parks

10 Best Canadian Beaches

1. Kitsilano Beach, Vancovuer, British Columbia

In the heart of Vancouver, this is definitely a happening place, with a stunning view of the city and mountains spanning from open bay, to North Shore mountains, to Stanley Park. There are loads of activities on offer here with something for everyone, no matter who's in your motorhome tarvelling group. Swim in the heated salt water Kitsilano Pool, play beach volleyball, or snowball fight in winter. If you’ve brought the dog on your RV road trip, this is a must-visit as there is a fantastic dog park about five minutes away. This is one of the best beaches in Vancouver, nicely showing off this city's best assets - ocean, city, and mountains - all at once.

2. Grand Bend, Ontario

The beach at Grand Bend in Huron County is simply awesome. There’s lots to do in the summer as they have recently spent a boatload of money on their waterfront, which is now open. Grand Bend also is one of a very few Ontario beaches that still has lifeguards so it's very safe. It’s a beautiful beach, but parking is premium – it’s hard to find on strip and $3 an hour at beach. There’s showers, a washroom, drinks, and snacks available at the beach so it's a practical stop for RVers as well as being a gorgeous location.

3. Carter's Beach, Liverpool, Nova Scotia

A beautiful, hidden beach with powdery white sand and turquoise water. Carter's beach is actually three beaches in one - the first a gentle shallow crescent beach that is fairly shallow bordered by sand dunes. The next beach is a little rougher and is divided by a tidal river which is fantastic for kids to play in. It looks tropical, but the icy water reminds you you’re definitely still in Canada! You can scuba here and it’s great to photograph as it’s never crowded due to the lack of parking. Which, of course means you'll have to park the RV a while away and walk - but it's worth it.

4. Hopewell Rocks, Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick

At low tide, explore quiet coves with flowerpot-shaped rock formations, then, as the tide gently shifts, experience the unbelievable sight of 100-billion tonnes of salt-water slowly filling the Bay of Fundy during the highest tides in the world. At high tide, paddle a kayak around these same sandstone pillars or visit the multi-media interpretive centre where you'll learn about the fascinating geology and forces that crafted them.

5. Bluffer’s Park, Scarborough, Ontario

An incredibly wide sandy beach, quiet scenery, and some amazing cliffs. They run 14 kilometres from the foot of Victoria Park Avenue in the west to the mouth of Highland Creek in the east, reaching as high as 65 metres, the equivalent of seventeen storeys. A park created from fill has been built in the lake below the cliffside named Bluffer's Park. Natural beaches extend past the park and you can walk "under" the bluffs. Placing an ear on the bluffs you can actually hear movement within them! Bluffers Park has a day use park including a sandy beach, picnic areas with barbecue grills (perfect for RVers), walks, lookouts, a double launching ramp and visitors dockage. After you have enjoyed your picnic, you can stroll the shoreline and see mallard duck and Canada geese.

6. Barachois Beach, Barachois, Newfoundland

The Grand Barachois lies between the two arms of an isthmus on its northern part, a shallow salt lagoon with large sand banks exposed at low tide. It is even shallower on the western end, exposing a wide beach of fine sand. The Harbour seal breeds inside the lagoon, and give birth to their pups during the last week of May and the first week of June. The grey seal is another visitor from spring to fall. They breed on Sable island where they give birth to their pups at the end of January. You’ll also see seabirds such as sandpipers, godwits and ducks, and free-roaming wild horses on the isthmus.

7. Cavendish Beach, Cavendish, PEI

Located on the North Shore of Prince Edward Island and in Prince Edward Island National Park, Cavendish Beach is known the world over for its soft, creamy sand, cradled by gentle red sand dunes on one side, set against a backdrop of sparkling sapphire water on the other. You can swim in the water (considered the warmest in the area, reaching 15-20 degrees in the summer months) or stroll along walking trails and boardwalks that transform into floating bridges stretching out over a lake.

8. Parlee Beach, Shediac, New Brunswick

Parlee Beach Provincial Park in New Brunswick on the Northumberland Strait has the warmest salt water on the Eastern Seaboard north of Virginia. One of North America’s finest beaches, you’ll really enjoy the variety of activities offered, including a supervised swimming beach, volleyball, football, a sand-sculpture competition, and daily scheduled sports activities. Its seaside campground boasts over 190 RV sites on a beautifully-groomed property that has a restaurant, canteen, amphitheatre, change houses, showers, washrooms, playground, picnic area and ample parking. Nearby you'll also find shopping centres and boutiques, marinas, restaurants, accommodations, cultural activities and the World’s Largest Lobster sculpture.

9. Martinique Beach, Musquodoboit Harbour, Nova Scotia

This is a very beautiful, large and uncrowded beach with great sand and surf. The longest white sandy beach in Nova Scotia, Martinique Beach with its teeming wildlife has been designated a wildbird sanctuary. Depending on the season, you might see not just the famous Canada goose but a wide variety of birds clustered around the area en route to the southern climes. On the shore at any time of the year there aren't just birds; you may sometimes see seals playing in the waves. For the ambitious, it is almost a 2 hour walk to reach the end of Martinique Beach. Picnic tables, campfire pits, and easy parking make it a great RV stop. Visit the Sunflower Café 2kms away for homemade ice cream and cinnamon rolls.

10. Georgian Bay, Tobermory, Ontario

Vibrant maritime village Tobermory is a paradise for RVers, offering a wide variety of outdoor activities and breathtaking scenery. Hike the majestic cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment along the world famous Bruce Trail or the inland trails of Bruce Peninsula National Park. Tobermory has the largest concentration of orchids in North America as well as many unique, one-of-a-kind wildflowers. Scuba-dive the crystal clear waters of Georgian Bay and explore the many shipwrecks in Fathom Five National Marine Park or take a cruise on a glass bottom tour boat. You can canoe, kayak or sail around the many islands of Fathom Five or charter a boat for a day of fishing, or enjoy a round of golf at Cornerstone Gold Club.

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