Where to swim in Eastern Canada
In the past few years we have been to the Atlantic provinces frequently Eastern Canada on road. We very often followed the coastal roads. What is more impressive than views of the vastness of the sea, especially when they are interrupted by small archipelagos nestling in bays. Especially in Nova Scotia there are many such small islands and islets along the Lighthouse Trail. On the other hand, on the shores of the Bay of Fundy, the coast isn't that rugged. But the water of the bay runs out of the bay and back again twice a day, an impressive natural spectacle.
The same applies to the south coast of New Brunswick, which also borders the Bay of Fundy. The east coast of New Brunswick faces Northumberland Strait to the south and the Gulf of St Lawrence to the north. Here stretch miles and lonely sandy beaches. On Prince Edward Island, the beaches of Prince Edward Island National Park are among the best known in the island province. They are beautiful, but our favorite beach on Prince Edward Island is elsewhere. Here we introduce you beautiful beaches in Eastern Canada, which we discovered on the way, and which are among our favorite beaches.
Beautiful beaches in eastern Canada
There are many beautiful beaches in Eastern Canada. Here we want to introduce you to those who have so far enjoyed our trips through the Atlantic provinces the best. You should know that Eastern Canada is not necessarily a travel destination for Beach lovers applies. Admittedly, the water is too cold for swimming. In summer, the water temperatures in the North Atlantic are around 7 to 8 degrees Celsius, so not exactly inviting to take a bath in. Nevertheless, the beaches of this region should not be dismissed immediately. Where the water is shallow and the bays are sheltered from the wind, there are beaches where bathers cool off in the water in summer.
In other places, the kilometer-long and almost always deserted sandy beaches invite to long beach hikes, looking for shells or simply relaxing by the sea. For us, there is nothing better than to have a few hours to find a sheltered spot on one of these beaches and listen to the sound of the waves rolling gently on the shore or breaking with din on the rocks of the coast. Natural wellness, so to speak! These are our favorites:
The dune of Bouctouche on the coast of New Brunswick
It extends long and narrow Bouctouche dune off the coast of the town of the same name in east New Brunswick. It protects the bay behind it from the severe winter storms that sometimes afflict the area. The boardwalk, which leads out into the dune landscape, has already been badly affected. That is also the reason why it no longer runs directly along the shore, but through the dune landscape.
If you want to enjoy this beach, you have to decide at the small visitor center at the beginning of the dune, if you prefer the well-maintained and comfortable way over the boardwalk or in the wet shore sand along the coast. Nice is both! We choose the Boardwalk because it runs over the bushes that grow in the center of the dune. From up here we have a great view of the sandpipers in the sand and see gulls that fly up out of the bushes below us when we get too close.
The beach of Panmure Island on Prince Edward Island
We discovered this beach by accident. We had read nowhere about it, and had actually driven here because of the lighthouse at the end of the sand tongue of Montague in the east of Prince Edward Island. Therefore, we were all the more pleased about the great and deserted sandy beach, which connects the lighthouse with the main island. In the early morning the sun was shining from the deep blue sky and made the gently rolling water on the shore sparkle. It was a windless day, and the waves made a steady murmur, luring me to spend a whole day here, lying lazily on the beach or searching for shells on the shore. For me, the beach of Panmure Island is one of the most beautiful beaches I know in Eastern Canada. And next time, I'll take more time for a stay at this great beach.
The beach of Inverness on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia
Also we discovered this beach by chance. We had stopped a refueling stop in Inverness, and while Petar was filling the tank, I spotted a small, inconspicuous sign that we would otherwise have overlooked on a drive through the village that pointed to the beach access. We had time on our drive around the Cabot Trail and decided to follow the sign. To the right of us the golf course of the village extended with a view of the sea.
At the bottom of the road there are several parking lots with access to the beach and a boardwalk that leads through the dunes and separates the golf course from the sea. This beach is just outside the gates of the people of Inverness, who like to use it for a walk on the beach, to the shellfish search or to search for stranded broken glass, from which one makes jewelry. Or the visitors do it like us and walk or jog on the boardwalk.
The Ingonish Beach at the Cape Breton Highlands National Park
The fourth beach, which we like in the Atlantic provinces, is on the Cabot Trail on the east side of Cape Breton Island right on the border of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park. It can be reached via the driveway to the Keltic Lodge, a luxury hotel located on a narrow peninsula. It is best to follow the signs to the lodge and turn right onto Beach Road, which will bring you directly to the parking lot at Ingonish Beach. We were here early in the morning and - once again - had far too little time to really enjoy it. Maybe we liked it so much because we were almost the only visitors in these early hours of the morning.
Only a lone wanderer came towards us on the bank as we went down through the sand to the water, which ran out in calm waves on the bank. The morning calm and the sun, which made the sea sparkle, did the rest to ensure that this beach stayed in our memories. There is more going on during the day. We had seen that the night before when we arrived at the Keltic Lodge. There were a few jet skis and a motor boat in the bay, and children were playing in the shallow water at the edge.
There are certainly more beautiful beaches in Eastern Canada. We know these from our own experience, and we remember them as particularly beautiful. Maybe they will make your vacation in these regions a very special experience? Or have you discovered other beautiful beaches in the Atlantic provinces? Then share us more nice ones in the comments to this post Beaches in Eastern Canada with.
Arrival by plane, bus or train*. Air Canada and Icelandair fly from Germany to various airports in eastern Canada.
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Source: own research on site. We thank the Canadian Tourism Commission, Tourism New Brunswick, Tourism Prince Edward Island and Tourism Nova Scotia for their kind support.
Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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