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British Columbia’s Best Beaches To Visit This Summer

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Photo: Tourism Tofino

Hello, Summer! We’ve been waiting all year long for the season and it’s finally time to soak up the best it has to offer by hitting up the province’s most pristine beaches.

Sandy shorelines, the smell of sea air and unbeatable views are just what you need. Explore the best beaches in BC to get a tan and catch some waves.

Whether you want to spend all day at one beach or do a self-guided beach hop—a beach day is always the answer.


Best Beaches In BC

Tribune Bay


Thought white-sand beaches could only be found in Hawaii? Think again. This beach is reminiscent of what you’d find somewhere far away and tropical—but guess what it’s in BC. Find this gorgeous area on Hornby Island. It’s the perfect place for canoeing, hiking and picnicking.

Long Beach


This gem can be found in Tofino, arguably the best place in the province to find sandy beaches worth traveling far and wide for. It’s the longest beach in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, hence its name. It’s one of the most picturesque spots in the province and the most idyllic place to kick off Summer.

Kalamalka Lake


This large lake is a hit with locals and tourists for its colour-changing qualities. Discover this spot in Vernon, with water that turns a vibrant blue-green hue when it warms up. The change is attributed to a reflection of the sunlight with limestone crystals. This is truly a unique paradise just waiting for you to explore.

Chesterman Beach


The kind of beach you keep dreaming of long after you visit. Of course, we have to include this serene spot that has routinely been named one of the best beaches in the world. This slice of heaven is just outside of Tofino and has nearly 3-kms of white sandy beaches to sink your feet into.

Wreck Beach


While the fact that it is clothing-optional might deter some people—this beach has an awesome location. It’s right by UBC and offers incredible views. It’s considered to be one of the largest clothing-optional beaches in North America. But the quirky urban beach setting can’t be beat.


Cox Bay


Tofino does it again. It’s a popular surfing destination with water views for miles and the best sunsets you can find. And don’t worry if you don’t surf, there’s still lots to do in the area—just soak up the beauty all around you!

Agate Beach


It doesn’t get much better than the stunning Haida Gwaii. And that’s exactly where you’ll find this beauty of a beach that is set amongst the rugged coastline of the region. If a remote beach getaway with wicked views is what you’re after, look no further.

English Bay Beach


The iconic Vancouver beach destination never disappoints. It’s always a hot spot, filled with a mix of people all in search of the perfect place to lay their towel or perhaps play some beach volleyball. This is the best spot to beach hop, because you can start at Sunset Beach and then make your way over to English Bay Beach, Second Beach and Third Beach.

Kitsilano Beach


A bustling city beach that also has a sprawling outdoor pool overlooking it. So no matter what your preference—go for a dip in the pool or at the beach. Either way you’ll be treated to good vibes and great views. Bring your besties and hit the sand.

Spanish Banks


Another Vancouver spot that is always a good time. It features a series of amazing beaches overlooking English Bay, in the Point Grey neighbourhood. Whether you want to partake in some water sports or just dig into a book by shoreline—it makes for a well-spent day.


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