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A beach in British Columbia has been named one of the best in Canada, and it’s right here in Vancouver.
Travel publisher Lonely Planet has released its list of the top 10 beaches in the country, and BC has come up swimmingly.
Instead of ranking each beach from one to 10, though, each sandy spot has been given its own “best of” title.
Vancouver’s own Kitsilano Beach, located in its namesake neighbourhood, has been crowned the best urban beach in Canada.
“A freewheeling nugget of Southern California chopped off and transported one thousand miles north,” Lonely Planet writes. “The yellow arc of sand is sugary and clean.”
“Backed by cool cafes and an attractive park, Kits exudes a sporty, laid-back vibe, especially in summer.”
The publisher highlights the beach’s breathtaking views, as well as its ample options for leisure sports – from volleyball nets to grassy expanses that beg for a game of football.
Kitsilano’s enormous saltwater pool, one of the largest in the world, is also listed as one of the beach’s best features.
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Two other beaches in BC made it onto Lonely Planet’s list, making it the province with the highest number of “best” beaches in Canada.
San Josef Bay, located in Cape Scott Provincial Park, has been named the best wilderness beach, while Tofino’s Chesterman Beach was deemed the best for surfing.
The other beaches on the list are:
- Stanhope Beach, Prince Edward Island – Best beach for avoiding the crowds
- Wasaga Beach, Ontario – Best beach for swimming
- Parlee Beach, New Brunswick – Best beach for families
- Shallow Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador – Best beach for kayaking
- Annette Lake, Alberta – Best beach for wildlife
- Plage de la Grande Échouerie, Québec – Best beach for kitesurfing
- Dunes Beach, Ontario – Best beach for sand dunes