Since there are still a few good weeks of summer left, you might be considering a last-minute escape to the beach. If that’s the case, we have great news. You don’t need to spend a fortune on expensive plane tickets to an exotic destination, since there are a myriad of awesome beaches waiting for you right here in the Great White North! In previous articles, we’ve already shown you around Canada’s lovely lakeside beaches and the most breathtaking beaches of the Atlantic provinces. This time we’d like to go west and show you around some of the finest coastlines of British Columbia.
Take a look here at some of the most beautiful beaches the West Coast of Canada has to offer:
North Beach, Haida Gwaii
Those who love remote beaches will definitely appreciate the wild beauty of North Beach on Haida Gwaii, located on the northern tip of Graham Island. Besides a well-equipped campsite you won’t find too many amenities here, but adventurous travellers might consider this to be an advantage. Since the beach is long and wide, it never really gets crowded, so you can leisurely enjoy numerous outdoor activities, such as surfing, hiking and fishing.
Long Beach, Tofino, Vancouver Island
The longest sandy beach on Vancouver Island, Long Beach truly deserves its name. Part of Pacific Rim National Park, it has been a paradise for surfers for a long time and it is also a beloved place among both kayakers and swimmers. In fact, many might well say that it is one of the most scenic beaches in all of Canada.
Brady’s Beach, Bamfield
If it’s a truly remote location you’re looking for, Brady’s Beach near the community of Bamfield will surely not disappoint. Reachable only by water taxi or plane, this secluded gem is worth the trip thanks to its scenic landscape and memorable views. Don’t forget to bring your own food, since there aren’t any amenities on Brady’s Beach—you could spend some time admiring the gorgeous scenery accompanied by a sumptuous picnic!
You don’t need to fly to a tropical island in the Caribbean to see a white-sand beach, because at Tribune Bay you can witness one firsthand! Tribune Bay is situated in the provincial park bearing the same name, on Hornby Island, and is an underrated gem with crystal-clear, shallow waters, ideal for swimming and for families with small children. There’s a generous campsite next to the beach, where you can set up camp in the shade and be located just a stone’s throw away from the beach.
The flat stretch of sand on Vancouver Island near the city of Parksville known as Rathtrevor Beach is a favourite among families with children and is perfect for people of all ages. Thanks to its clean, shallow waters and a handful of tide pools, kids can safely enjoy their time in the water here. The well-maintained campground offers the perfect base for some quality relaxation or for a nice day of hiking and/or biking near the beautiful coastline.
San Josef Bay
Located at the northern tip of Vancouver Island, San Josef Bay is yet another secluded place, reachable only by foot or boat. Chances are, you won’t encounter hordes of people here, and you might even find that you have the Avatar-like setting all for yourself!
Chesterman Beach, Vancouver Island
For a gorgeous and easily accessible coastline, Chesterman Beach in the Tofino district should not be overlooked. Although the waters aren’t too warm, a summer swim can be perfectly enjoyable with a wetsuit. It’s also a great place to up your surfing skills and you shouldn’t hesitate to bring your children along for the ride. In fact it’s a destination that is highly regarded by tourists and locals alike.
Wreck Beach, Vancouver
The largest clothing-optional beach in North America, Wreck Beach is a popular naturist place west of Vancouver. It is part of Pacific Spirit National Park and hosts a handful of events year-round. Since it’s quite an in-demand destination, it tends to get busy during summer weekends, being flooded by flocks of tourists who don’t mind negotiating the 500 steps required to get to the sands.
Jericho Beach, Vancouver
A sandy strand which is part of Vancouver, Jericho Beach can be found in the Kitsilano neighbourhood, right next to the park with the same name. As it is easily accessed, it can get crowded at times due to the myriad of people looking to admire a unique panorama made up of the city, the mountains and the ocean. It is the piece of coastline which boasts the most amenities on our list, featuring picnic tables, soccer and baseball fields, beach volleyball nets and public restrooms.
Last but not least, Ahous Bay in Vargas Island National Park is set to impress through its picturesque and untamed scenery. The vast coastline is a popular choice among sea kayakers and wild campers alike. If you decide to stay the night, you might like to know that there are wolves in the area, so listen out for the howling and make sure you’re not intruding in their habitat!
As you can see, you should never disregard the gorgeous West Coast of Canada when searching for amazing beaches. After having seen our selection, would you consider visiting some of the places mentioned here? Or do you know another British Columbia beach which you value as a holiday destination? Let us know in the comments section below!