Palm trees, warm water, tropical drinks – these are some of the things that come to mind when it’s time to start planning a beach vacation. While taking off to a white sandy beach in a Mexican resort has its appeal, there are other kinds of beach destinations worth exploring. You don’t have to look too far, either. Canada has some fantastic beach towns, offering an abundance of water activities, gorgeous nature, infinite hiking and walking trails, and a whole lot of charm. The great thing about exploring a beach town in Canada is that it’s so much more than a beach. Check out these 10 most beautiful beach destinations north of the border.
1) St. Andrews, New Brunswick
Sometimes referred to as Saint Andrews by-the-Sea, this seaside resort town has long been one of Canada’s top vacation spots. Situated on Passamaquoddy Bay on a small peninsula jutting into the Bay of Fundy, St. Andrews boasts more than 50 beaches for tourists to frolic on. With miles of golden sand, rocky cliffs, rugged terrain, and lots of wildlife, each beach in St. Andrews offers visitors something different. If you can’t bear to pull yourself away from the gorgeous coast, pitch your tent and stay a few nights at Herring Cove Provincial Park. Here you can also enjoy hiking, kayaking, and whale-watching. The Bay of Fundy is famous for having the highest tides in the world. This phenomenon can best be experienced by walking around The Hopewell Rocks at low tide. Finally, St. Andrews is also blessed with beautiful coastlines – experience it with the extensive Fundy Trail Parkway hiking trails.