Officially, this country was “born” in 1867 when a collection of regions were brought together by their representatives at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, and it was declared, “Henceforth we shall rank among the nations.” Then the gentlemen retired to Cavendish Beach (or so we’re told…) and the first Canada Day was celebrated on July 1st. Canada is a relatively young country, and it remains a member of the British Commonwealth. It is the 2nd largest nation in the world and has the longest shoreline.

Canada is not always the first place most people dream of when they think “beach”. Except for Canadians, that is! Canadians love their beaches and flock to them in droves, mostly in the summer, to places like Wreck Beach in Vancouver, British Columbia, for a little sun, fun and nudity (yes, Canada is a tolerant country where same-sex marriage is legal), or Cherry Beach (known locally as cheery beach because of its family-friendly nature) in downtown Toronto, Ontario, and Mavillette Beach on the north shore of gorgeous Nova Scotia. Canadians know what many foreigners don’t: the beaches in Canada are clean, safe and beautiful.

With a small population for its size, many of Canada’s beaches are not terribly busy, a romantic option for sun and sand. Some Canadian beaches could easily be mistaken for far more southern locales; Cobourg Beach in the province of Ontario boasts white sand and lively surf on one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. Ontario is also home to Wasaga Beach, the longest freshwater beach on the planet.

Canadians are proud of their country, their tolerant and giving nature, and the extremes of climate and topography that comprise their country. They camp near and swim in chilly glacier-fed lakes in Alberta. They party at sunset on popular summer beaches in Ontario. They swim and play in the safe surf on Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. They dine at exclusive lodges on beaches on Vancouver Island.

The diverse peoples of Canada patronize their beaches, from temperate to continental to maritime climates. They respect and admire their waters, from the Atlantic to Pacific Oceans, Arctic Ocean to the Great Lakes and the tens of thousands of lakes that exist in the area of the Canadian Shield. Even the wide shipping lane, the St. Lawrence Seaway, is lined with beaches, and is home to the Thousand Islands, also with beaches galore. Canadians travel in the winter to places like Mexico, Florida and the Caribbean, but there’s no place like home, and Canadians love their beaches! You will, too.

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