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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.

Surfing in British Columbia
Surfing in British Columbia

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.

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