LONG BEACH, VANCOUVER ISLAND – BRITISH COLUMBIA
BEST FOR… Storm watching, beachcombing
WHY GO? OK, Long Beach isn’t secret – it’s been voted Canada’s best on many occasions. But this wild, driftwood-scattered strand is too epic not to include.
WHAT TO DO: This is the place that popularised storm watching – go in winter for the wildest. Look out for grey whales in spring and autumn.
WHILE YOU’RE THERE: Embark on the 75km West Coast Trail (pictured)- Canada’s premier hiking route starts at the end of Long Beach. Try sea kayaking in Uduelet – black bears often trail the water’s edge.
GET THERE: Long Beach is between Uduelet and Tofino; it’s a scenic five-hour drive via the Pacific Rim Highway from island capital, Victoria.