Top Ten Canadian Shorelines to Explore This Summer

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Need some inspiration to help you complete your Shoreline Saver Mission this summer? Look no further! Canada has tons of amazing shorelines for you to discover, and some are probably closer than you think. Check out this list below for some ideas and start exploring today!

1. Pacific Rim National Park Reserve (BC) – 5.5 hrs from Vancouver

Photo credit: Parks Canada/S. Munn
Photo credit: Parks Canada/S. Munn

There’s never a dull moment on the shores of Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. The waters in this protected area are home to marine life of all shapes and sizes – from razor clams and anemones to sea lions and whales!

2. Waterton Lakes National Park (AB) – 3 hrs from Calgary, 6 hrs from Edmonton

Photo credit: Parks Canada
Photo credit: Parks Canada

There’s a lot of wildlife diversity at Waterton Lakes National Park – more than half of Alberta’s plant species can be found here! In fact, no other national park in Canada protects so much wildlife within such a small area. With over 100 kilometres of rivers, streams, and wetlands, plus about 80 lakes and ponds, it’s got a lot of shores to explore any time of the year! The park’s semi-annual Shoreline Clean-up is on Saturday, August 27, 2016 – be sure to check it out if you’re in the area!

3. Prince Albert National Park (SK) – 2.5 hrs from Saskatoon

Photo credit: Parks Canada/Merv Syroteuk/PANP G2244
Photo credit: Parks Canada/Merv Syroteuk/PANP G2244

The boreal forest lake of Waskesiu in Prince Albert National Park is the perfect spot to complete your Shoreline Saver Mission. With more than 10 beaches to choose from, you may have to make some tough decisions – or see if you can become the ultimate Shoreline Saver and help clean them all!

4. Georgian Bay Islands National Park (ON) – 2 hrs from Toronto, 5 hrs from Ottawa

Photo credit: Parks Canada/G. Gemmell
Photo credit: Parks Canada/G. Gemmell

You can find Georgian Bay Islands National Park among the largest freshwater group of islands in the world. Enjoy one of the many hiking trails and keep your eyes open for some of the amazing wildlife that calls this park home!

5. Thousand Islands National Park (ON) – 1.5 hrs from Ottawa, 2 hrs from Montreal, 3 hrs from Toronto

Photo credit: Parks Canada
Photo credit: Parks Canada

The blue-green waters of these granite islands are the perfect destination for a Shoreline Saver. Why? Many rare and vulnerable species call this national park home , including the peregrine falcon, Blanding’s turtle and Eastern rat snake.

6. Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park (QC) – 3 hrs from Quebec City, 5.5 hrs from Montreal

Photo credit: Parks Canada
Photo credit: Parks Canada

Parks Canada works hard to protect two species at risk in this marine park: the blue whale and the beluga! In fact, Saguenay-St. Lawrence Marine Park is probably the only place in the world where both species can be seen from the shore. You can help out by keeping these waters clean and completing your Shoreline Saver Mission at this special place along the Saguenay Fjord and the St. Lawrence River.

7. Terra Nova National Park (NF) – 2.5 hrs from St. John’s

Photo credit: Parks Canada/D. Wilson
Photo credit: Parks Canada/D. Wilson

This protected area near the ocean is home to black bears, lynx, moose and the rare Newfoundland marten. It’s also home to a migratory bird sanctuary, and an exhibit at the Visitor’s Centre lets guests get up close and personal with the site’s many amazing features! With more than 200 km of coastline, you’ll never be more than 5 km from the ocean. What more could a Shoreline Saver ask for?

8. Kejimkujik National Park (NS) – 2 hrs from Halifax

Photo credit: Parks Canada/E. Le Bel
Photo credit: Parks Canada/E. Le Bel

This national park is one of a kind, providing you with the opportunity to discover two very different types of shorelines almost side by side! One part of the park is home to porcupine, deer and the Blanding’s turtle, all of which use its lakes and flowing rivers as habitat. In the other part, you’ll be right on the beach, sharing the shoreline with seabirds and seals.

9. Kouchibouguac National Park (NB) – 1 hr from Moncton, 2 hrs from Fredericton

Photo credit: Parks Canada/N. Fearon
Photo credit: Parks Canada/N. Fearon

If you love wildlife, this is the place to be. Hundreds of species of birds, dozens of mammals, plus amphibians, reptiles, rare plants and a wide variety of sea life call this park home. Come see for yourself! Bonus fact: The name Kouchibouguac is of Mi’kmaq origin and means “river of long tides.”

10. Prince Edward Island National Park (PEI) – 30 mins from Charlottetown

Photo credit: Parks Canada/N. Tardiff
Photo credit: Parks Canada/N. Tardiff

Want to complete your Shoreline Saver Mission and help out the piping plover? You can do both at Prince Edward Island National Park! This endangered shorebird nests on the sandy beaches and also reminds us of the importance of keeping our coastlines clean.

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