Credit: Pierre Lambert
Beaches. The best ones are crowded, right? Well—not in Canada.
We have beaches that see fewer footprints than the summit of Everest! We have sandy stretches so far out you've likely never even heard of them.
So let's look at three remote beaches that you won't find crowds on—or human footprints at all.
Nels Bight, Cape Scott Provincial Park
Picture a 2.4-kilometre crescent of sand, backed by lush coastal rainforest and lapped by rolling Pacific waves. Now imagine you’re the only person there. Welcome to Nels Bight, a secluded stretch of sand on northwestern Vancouver Island at the end of a 17-kilometre trail. Backcountry camping is permitted—and necessary unless you plan a 34-kilometre day-hike.
Parc national d’Anticosti, Anticosti Island (pictured)
Anticosti Island is hiding in plain sight—at 160 kilometres long and just a short hop from mainland Quebec at the mouth of St. Lawrence River, it’s fairly easy to get to. So why do so few go? It’s home to impressive waterfalls, densely forested hiking trails and rich culture. But we’re here to talk about the beach—and the pristine pebble-sand in the park is about as serene and beautiful as it gets.
Wonderstrands, Akami-Uapishkᵁ-KakKasuak-Mealy Mountains National Park
Newfoundland & Labrador
One-thousand years ago, when Vikings sailed across the Atlantic and landed on Labrador’s shores, they saw this staggering 50-kilometre-long whitesand beach and named it “Wonderstrands.” It’s easy to see why—and today, where else in the world could you find a pristine, protected beach of this magnitude with zero people on it? Yup, if you can make the trek to this newly-formed national park, you’ll likely be the only one there (or at least your group will be). It’s boat-access only, with no services, but backcountry camping is allowed with permit.