Want to make a road trip this summer? How about visiting one of the best beaches in Canada in honour of Canada 150?
It doesn’t have to be expensive to take a summer vacation, especially if you make it a camping trip. So get ready to celebrate this amazing country with an all-Canadian beach vacation!
Camping is a great way to stick to your summer budget while still enjoying a nice getaway. If you camp near popular locations, you can save a lot of money you’d otherwise spend on hotel or cottage rentals.
Here are the 10 best beaches in Canada and a few money saving tips to help get you there without going into debt.
Canada has a reputation for cold winters, but in the summer, it’s a completely different story. It’s a little-known fact that Canada actually has twice as many kilometres of coastline than the United States: at 265,523 total kilometres, we’re a world leader.
It’s no surprise, then, that our beautiful nation is home to some amazing beaches that make for great warm weather getaways. Here are our recommendations.
Known as one of the most popular surfing destinations in Canada, Long Beach is located on the Pacific Rim of Vancouver Island. It’s home to tons of nature and wildlife to explore, and if you’re lucky, you’ll spot a grey whale or two.
This gorgeous bay is truly a hidden paradise. Tribune Bay is home to clear, warm waters, gorgeous wildflowers, and fine white sand. You have to take a ferry to get there, but this is the closest you’re going to get to a tropical island experience in Canada.
Perhaps the most well-known beach in Alberta, Devonshire Beach, with its sandy dunes, is a popular spot for sandcastle building. It’s located on Lesser Slave Lake, nestled among the beautiful landscape.
Take a stroll along the boardwalk, visit the shops, or enjoy a day of fun in the sun along the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Grand Beach is a popular tourist destination and local hangout alike, with its powdery white sand and plentiful space.
A popular summer party destination for Ontario residents, Wasaga Beach is a hustling and bustling beach town with tons of activities to do. It’s also the world’s longest freshwater beach, so there are tons of places to park your towel and get your tan on.
Sandbanks Provincial Park, one of the most well-known parks in Ontario, is home to some of Ontario’s most gorgeous beaches. It’s known for its large amount of sand dunes. Since it’s located in Prince Edward County, you can also enjoy visiting the local wineries, shops, and villages.
Quebec’s hidden gem, the Magdalen Islands (official name: Iles de la Madeleine), are a group of about 12 islands that are home to some amazing beaches. The climate is mild here in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, which means you’re looking at some enjoyable water temperatures.
Located in the stunning Cape Breton Islands, Ingonish Beach is the perfect place to take in the eastern Canadian experience. Soak up the sun, take a whale watching tour, or hike along the scenic Cabot Trail.
The salty waters of Parlee Beach are appealing to those who want a relaxing beach experience. Float along the warm waters or visit the nearby town of Shediac, known as the lobster capital of the world.
This east coast beach is known for the mysterious swishing sound its sand makes. No one really knows why it happens, but it’s just one of the many appealing qualities of Singing Sands. Home to some of the warmest waters in the north, this beach is a must-see for anyone traveling the eastern provinces.
Camping costs can sometimes add up, especially when you don’t have a handy supply of camping gear ready to use.
Here are some ways you can go camping on a budget and have an awesome trip without worrying about your finances.
If you know someone who loves camping, they likely have a supply of their own gear and gadgets. Ask them if you can borrow their tent for your trip, especially if you don’t camp very often.
Some outdoors stores also rent items, or know where you can rent them. This could be another option if you’re only planning on camping once or twice.
Always make sure you bring their items back in the condition they gave them to you!
In many of Canada’s ultimate beach areas, there are plenty of campgrounds to choose from. If you do a bit of shopping around, you can often find a better deal than settling on the first park that you see in your search.
Second Hand stores like Goodwill and Value Village often have tons of dishes, utensils, and other items you might need on your trip. The dollar store is another place that has less expensive items you can use for camping.
Stock up there on anything you can, and check websites like Kijiji and Craig’s List for people who are selling their old camping gear.
Sometimes stores like Canadian Tire have tons of sales on outdoor equipment. All you have to do is check the weekly flyer to see what’s available. Search for coupons online to score deals.
When the summer is over, many outdoor retailers mark down leftover camping equipment from the season. If you buy then for the next year, you can save a ton of money.
Don’t wait until you get to your destination to buy your groceries. If you do, you’ll get stuck paying high tourist town prices and convenience store rates.
In addition, planning out your menu helps you know exactly what you need to buy and can help you cut down on any extras. Try to create meals that use up similar ingredients, so you can pack less.
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