So it's halfway through summer and you haven't even been to the beach once. It's okay, we don't blame you. We had a Winter that seemingly never ended and even with the sun, you feel like you're in shock because really - you haven't seen it in a year and forget what it looks like.
But that was then, and this is now. How's the summer road trip you were planning with your friends to the interior? You know, the one that you were all super stoked for back in March, only to blow all your money going downtown and you can't afford it anymore? Well, scrape up the gas money and call your friend back because we've got road trips for you.
Go on, give them a call - because what's better than a list about BC beaches and beach towns? Going to them. And what makes going to them better? Going with friends, making a road trip out of it, and making an Instagram story out of it - because at the end of the day, it's all for the Insta.
Ambleside // West Vancouver
For some, Ambleside is too close to even consider a road trip. For those outside of the North Shore bubble, it had to be mentioned due to its prime location and surrounding amenities. You've got a wide beach with a pitch-and-putt, dog park, sports courts and over fifty restaurants at your disposal. We definitely recommend Kiisu after a day at the beach.
Spanish Banks // Vancouver
Close enough to make a day trip out of, not so far that your friends will flake out at the last minute. Spanish Banks is accessible by Seawall and has tons of free parking. It's a lot more quite than Kits or English Bay as well. With many of the occupants being skim-boarders, you may want to try it yourself!
White Rock Beach // White Rock
White Rock will easily set you back a day with everything they have to offer. They've got an 8 KM beach, and a 1,500 foot-long pier to match. Pair that with a waterfront that's filled with street musicians, food carts and plenty of things going on, and you have your next day trip that once again - isn't too far away from home.
Rathtrevor Beach // Parksville
Rathtrevor Beach is perfect to camp out and spend a few hours exploring the shoreline. They have low tides that display soft sand for nearly a kilometre and a beautiful campground to boot. Get on the ferry and grab some Triple O's - you all know that's a tradition in itself.
Miracle Beach Provincial Park // Comox Valley
Located at Black Creek in Comox Valley, Miracle Beach Provincial Park is prime location for anybody who really wants to get in touch with the outdoors. Located near an extremely popular campground (reservations are recommended), there are other activities available like fishing and horseback riding.
Long Beach // Tofino
As if you needed convincing to visit Tofino. But just in case you did, Long Beach is a hub for coldwater surfers. The beach waters are perfect for anyone who loves water sports or wants to get into it. Feeling like splurging? There are some beautiful resorts and cabins nearby - if not the economical, yet stylish choices off Airbnb.
MacKenzie Beach // Tofino
Just south of Tofino, yet still on the Pacific Rim, MacKenzie beach is your go-to for calmer water and a more quiet atmosphere. Surfing only takes place in the Winter here, although stand-up paddleboarding is a hugely popular activity in its place.
San Josef Bay // North of Vancouver Island
Pack some snacks and get ready to trek out for these remote beaches. Located in the Cape Scott Provincial Park, you'll have to trek through a beautiful rainforest and your choice of hiking trails to find beautiful spots like the one shown above. Let's be real though, you've already done the Grind, so how hard could this be?
Christina Lake // Gladstone Provincial Park
Ever wish you had your own personal beach? Try finding your own at Christina Lake in the Gladstone Provincial Park. There are several small pockets of sand around the warm, clear waters. Christina Lake gives you a true sense of privacy and nature that Vancouver beaches just can't match.
Tribune Bay // Hornby Island
Tribune Bay is affectionately nicknamed "Little Hawaii", and for good reason! This beautiful beach on Hornby Island is blessed with lighter waters that often warm up closer to the summertime!
Sun-Oka Beach // Summerland
Located right beside Summerland, Sun-Oka makes for a wildly popular beach in the Okanagan. Besides the Wineries, seafood and unending amount of sun, you can spend your time swimming, boating, tubing, or just napping on the sand.