Are you itching to dip your toes in Canada’s coastal waters during your summer vacation? Here are five Maritime beaches that are worth a drive east.
- Conrad’s Beach, West Lawrencetown (Nova Scotia)
Nestled between the more popular Lawrencetown Beach and Rainbow Haven Beach, Conrad’s Beach is a favourite local pocket of tranquility.
This is an ideal location to go paddleboarding, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Conrad’s Beach also stands apart with its 1.3 km of sandy beach ideal for long walks.
- Cavendish Beach, New Glasgow (Prince Edward Island)
A seaside destination par excellence on Prince Edward Island, Cavendish Beach promises vibrantly coloured dunes and reefs as far as the eye can see.
Besides walking along the beach and swimming, visitors can also enjoy kayaking, biking, geocaching and kitesurfing.
No trip to this area would be complete without a stop by Green Gables Historical Place, the enchanting farm where Lucy Maud Montgomery found her inspiration to create the story of red-haired orphan Anne Shirley.
- Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pelé (New Brunswick)
The first salt water beach in Canada to receive the world-renowned Blue Flag eco-certification, Aboiteau Beach has been extolled for its excellent water quality.
Located in the village of Cap-Pelé, this Maritime destination has all the facilities you need for a perfect beach day.
Offering a mix of family activities, ecotourism and entertainment, Aboiteau Beach is a no-brainer to visit to immerse yourself in Acadian hospitality.
- Singing Sands Beach, Souris (Prince Edward Island)
Often called one of the best beaches in Canada, Singing Sands Beach is the star attraction in Basin Head National Park. That could be attributed to having the warmest water around in the summer or also the bridge where daredevils show off their moves while bridge jumping (fyi: no diving or jumping signs are posted!).
Walking on the beach here produces a squeaking or whistling musical sound. The phenomenon is produced by vibrations caused when footsteps walk on the sand that contains a large amount of silica and quartz. Warmed by the sun’s rays, the sand makes a squeaking sound, hence the name Singing Sands.
- Carters Beach, Port Mouton (Nova Scotia)
With its white sand and clear turquoise waters, you will be forgiven for thinking you are in the Caribbean and not on the most beautiful beach in Nova Scotia.
Once one of the province’s best-kept secrets, word has been spreading and Carters Beach now attracts more crowds.
Word to the wise: it is recommended to visit during the week when it is less busy and during the month of August when the water temperature is the warmest.