Where to hit the beach

Where to hit the beach

Summer is synonymous with the feeling of sand between your toes. Northerners are no exception – here’s the scoop on where to hit the beach up here:

Long Lake

Weekends in late summer, Yellowknife’s beach is peachy, with changing rooms, a campground, a kitchen area, volleyball and more water-skiers than you can shake a beer at.

Great Bear Lake

Believe it or not, Canada's northernmost "great lake," Great Bear, has plenty of sandy shoreline – and since it straddles the Arctic Circle, you can enjoy the brilliant sunshine 24 hours per day. 

Pine Lake

The finest beach and campground in Wood Buffalo National Park, Pine Lake features soothing sand and shallow, warm, aquamarine waters, ideal for swimming or paddling when you're tired of gawking at the park's amazing wildlife. 

Vale Island

On blazing hot days, Hay River’s driftwoody beach draws travellers from the nearby campground – some of whom are bold enough to dunk themselves in Great Slave’s cool water.

Whitebeach Point

A luscious expanse of sand on the remote west coast of Great Slave, this is a favourite camping spot for sailors and pleasure boaters. Even better, it backs onto busy buffalo territory near the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary.

Little Doctor Lake

A slice of paradise on the fringes of Nahanni National Park Reserve, Little Doctor Lake features a posh lodge, stunning alpine scenery, fine fishing – and a broad sandy beach for kicking back and letting your worries float away.  

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