Best beach trails in Canada

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Explore the most popular beach trails in Canada with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
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#1 - Bow Glacier Falls Trail
Banff National Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 20 m
Bow Glacier Falls Trail runs along the shores of Bow Lake. Featuring the ice-blue glacial Bow Lake and stunning panoramic views of its headwaters. The trail starts at the Num-Ti-Jah Lodge just off HWY 93 (Icefields parkway). It wraps along the shore to the southwest corner of the lake, meeting a long rustic staircase that will take you up the hill into a valley where you can venture over to Bow Glacier Falls.Show more
#2 - Jug Island Beach Trail
Belcarra Regional Park
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 47 m
Fun little hike to a relaxing, secluded beach. Not too difficult but expect many incline/decline switches.Show more
#3 - Buntzen Lake Trail
Buntzen Lake Reservoir Park
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 3 h 4 m
As of June 2020, Buntzen Lake Trails have reopened. Some trails are only open one-way and others allow only a limited amount of visitors. Please be mindful of social distancing. Dog friendly trail with some nice lake views. A bit of loose rock on the west side of the lake heading back. Note that the front gates close at 7:30pm.Show more
#4 - Diez Vistas and Lake Buntzen Loop
Buntzen Lake Reservoir Park
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 4 h 38 m
Please note: Due to COVID protocols when starting at the parking lot you will be asked to start at the dog park to reach the North Beach before looking for the Diez Vista entrance. This trail loop around Lake Buntzen has lovely viewpoints along the way. The first switchback section is steep but not too technical. The parking area gets busy in the warmer months. Try it as a winter hike if you enjoy more solitude or want to make it more challenging. Going clockwise means you will be going up the steeper part and down the slightly less steep part, which is easier on the knees. Due to Covid, the Buntzen trail is now one way only. So, you can only do this loop clockwise which adds 2.2 km to the hike. Show more
#5 - Valley of Five Lakes and First Lake
Jasper National Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 36 m
#6 - Wild Pacific Trail: Lighthouse Loop
Ucluelet, British Columbia
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 46 m
As of June 2020, this park runs one-way due to COVID 19. This easy coastal path is great walk around the coastal headlands. There are views of the Barkley Sound, Amphitrite Lighthouse, Inspiration Point, and He-Tin-Kis Beach. There are no stairs on this route and motorized wheelchairs may be able to navigate the path (there is a paved pathway to the lighthouse only). Check with Ucluelet's Wild Pacific Trail.Show more
#7 - Stanley Park Seawall Trail
Stanley Park
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
Parts of the sea wall have been reported closed due to restoration work (November 2020). As Vancouver's largest and most famous, historic park, Stanley Park is extremely popular with both locals and tourists all year around. The heavily trafficked Seawall Loop Trail that surrounds the park hugs the perimeter shoreline and offers beautiful views from beginning to end. This trail is open 365 days a year which brings us to what is perhaps its only drawback. When temperatures reach freezing, the paved path can accumulate very slippery black ice, so extra caution is required. A park conditions search is highly recommended during the winter months.  Accessibility: The trail is smoothly paved all around with two separate side-by-side paths - the beachside for foot traffic and the inner one for bikes and rollerblades. Despite being so busy, the footpath is typically at least four feet wide and there is usually enough room to pass when needed. The grade is mostly gentle (most of the trail estimated at 5% or less), but there is a steep section by Siwash Rock after 2.3 miles with a grade about 15%. The restrooms by Stanley's Bar and Grill and by Third Beach are wheelchair accessible. Water wheelchairs are available for free loan on a first-come-first-served basis at the Second Beach Pool between noon and 8 PM. Reservations for water wheelchairs can be made by calling at least 24 hours in advance.Show more
#8 - Maple, Valley and Shore Pine Trail
Lighthouse Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
A quick loop guide to getting the most out of this small park. At the far south/west point of West Vancouver along Marine Drive is the Lighthouse Park. It gives a great representation of the west coast flora and terrain. While the core of the park would be considered easy terrain, the outer loop trails represented by this guide should be considered moderate and you should definitely be equipped for the terrain. A great hike, this back and forth loopy walk will take you through most areas of the park and show you all the major viewpoints and highlights. Official trail maps can be found at the information kiosks in the parking lots or downloaded from the City of West Vancouver website.Show more
#9 - Carbide Willson Ruins and Meech Lake Falls
Parc de la Gatineau
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 28 m
Note: As of July 06, 2020, users have reported that the foot bridge at ruins is closed for repair but with low water you can cross over rocks above or below falls. Do NOT try to walk/hike this trail in the winter. The trail is for Cross Country Skiing only in the winter and tickets are given. Show more
#10 - Bayfront Park Loop
Bayfront Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 35 m
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