British Columbia boasts some of the best beaches in Canada, which is the sort of thing that will happen when have 25,725 kilometres of coastline, much of which is part of the Pacific temperate rain forests ecoregion. That’s how you get a good beach. But how does B.C. compare to the rest of the world? Not […]
But how does B.C. compare to the rest of the world? Not great. According to Flight Network’s first list of The World’s 50 Best Beaches, a list chosen and curated by 632 of the world’s top travel professionals, just one British Columbia beach made the list, and it’s not even on the mainland.
B.C.’s best beach, says a panel of experts, is Long Beach on Vancouver Island, “a 34,800-acre beach-lined temperate rainforest, and a protected area of the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.”
Beaches were judged on their remoteness, sand and water quality, and sheer untouched beauty, and it’s that last category where Long Beach shines. The Vancouver Island hot spot earned a nine out of ten in the category, because it’s just too much beach for man to spoil. It would take several days to see everything it has to offer, from the tide pools to the rainforest walks.
Long Beach is the only Canadian beach to make the list, so despite being humbled by our world ranking, British Columbians can continue to boast to those from other provinces. We still win the national beach award, even if there are 37 beaches in the world better than our best.
“This gorgeous stretch of northern sand offers a lush coastal rainforest, pounding surf, lively tidal pools, and unobstructed sunsets,” said Vancouver travel writer David Webb. “It is an ideal place to ride waves, beach-comb, storm watch, and forget the world for a while.”
Perhaps, but I’m gonna stump for Metro Vancouver’s beach game. Wreck Beach should be on this list somewhere. It’s beautiful, it’s full of hippies and stoners, and it’s clothing-optional. What’s sheer untouched beauty compared to sheer undressed nudity?
And for what it’s worth, Vancouver may have mediocre beaches, but we still boast the world’s best park, according to a different travel website.
The top 10 beaches, according to Flight Network:
10. Trunk Bay, U.S. Virgin Islands
9. Hidden Beach, Mexico
8. Hyams Beach, Australia
7. Playa Paraiso, Mexico
6. Baia Dos Porcos, Brazil
5. Navagio Beach, Greece
4. Pink Sands Beach, Bahamas
3. Anse Lazio, Seychelles
2. Whitehaven Beach, Australia
1. Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos