Are the beaches near your home too crowded? Well guess what—if you travel just a little ways outside of your usual circle, I'm sure you can find less-busy beaches to stretch out on.
Get inspired with this list of uncrowded beaches in Canada. Is one near you?
Jáji7em and Kw’ulh (Sandy Island) Marine Provincial Park
Access from Comox Valley, British Columbia
Locals call this one “Tree Island”—it looks like an islet where you might find pirate booty, but instead, you’ll find a ring of sandy beaches, arid fields and dense forest. This 30-hectare park is accessed by foot via sandy isthmus at the northern tip of Denman Island during low tide, or anytime by boat from Union Bay (Vancouver Island). Day trip or camp out—no facilities.
Devonshire Beach, Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park
Access from Slave Lake or Edmonton, Alberta
Set on the northeastern end of Alberta’s northern giant, Lesser Slave Lake, Devonshire Beach is a stunning 1.5-kilometre long sandy beach that attracts families from all over northern Alberta. Sandcastle building is de rigueur, and the water is cool and refreshing—perfect for quick dips in the Wild Rose Country sunshine. The town of Slave Lake is next door, and it’s all about three hours from the provincial capital.
Old Woman Bay, Lake Superior Provincial Park (pictured)
Access from Sault Ste Marie or Wawa, Ontario
Situated in the northern reaches of Lake Superior Provincial Park, just 20 minutes south of Wawa, Old Woman Bay is iconic. Flanked by 200-metre-tall granite cliffs to the south (if you look closely, you can see the face of an “old woman”) where an outlet creek meets the turquoise waters of Lake Superior, it’s a showstopper. For the best view, hike the nearby Nokomis Trail and relax at a Great Lake overlook.