When it comes to the best beaches in Canada, New Brunswick sizzles this side of the border. With over 50 breathtaking beaches to explore, this Canadian province stands out for its sheer number of beaches. There is also the matter of the warmest saltwaters in the entire country.
Picture yourself basking in the sun as you dip your toes into the inviting saltwaters of the Acadian coast. This friendly province is truly a coastal paradise! Whether you seek secluded sands, family-friendly fun or picturesque coastal views, New Brunswick has you covered.
For anyone looking to have some fun in the sun this summer, we have compiled a list of 7 of the best beaches in Canada. Here are the most alluring New Brunswick beaches that deserve a spot on your must-visit list—
Immerse yourself in the dreamy expanse of Kellys Beach, stretching across 25 km of golden dunes. Nestled at the ocean’s edge in Kouchibouguac National Park, the beach boasts picturesque scenery and tranquillity at the edge of a forest. Enjoy the warm waters, breathtaking views, and the perfect blend of beach and forest vibes. Think park, protected wetlands, bird sanctuary, forest and more.
This sandy haven nestled in a quiet provincial park like a well-kept secret is one of our favourites. Experience the allure of Murray Beach Provincial Park, boasting a stunning 1-kilometre sandy beach just down the coast from Parlee Beach. Take a leisurely walk along the shore, marvel at the red soil bluffs and eroding boulders, and explore the campground’s perimeter trail nestled among pine trees. It’s the perfect spot for beachcombing and immersing yourself in nature’s beauty.
Looking for a beach with as much happening after hours, as during the day? Head down to one of North America’s finest beaches, aka Parlee Beach. Sink your toes into the soft sand, swim at the supervised beach, or engage in a variety of sports activities. Then head to Euston Park Social in Parlee Beach to grab a bite or a sweet treat like their famous donut ice cream sandwiches. For a change of pace, head to downtown Shediac (just a 5-minute drive away) to explore the many shops, restos and sites like the Giant Lobster (Shediac is the lobster capital of the world, after all). With its Blue Flag International Eco-Certification and the warmest saltwater in Canada, Parlee Beach promises an unforgettable coastal escape.
Discover the delights of Aboiteau Beach, offering 5 kilometres of shoreline for the whole family to enjoy. Take a scenic stroll along the boardwalk, swim in the warm saltwater, fly kites with the little ones and take in breathtaking ocean views and sand dunes. This local fave in Cap-Pelé is perfect for relaxation and adventure. This sandy beauty also happens to be the first in Eastern Canada to receive a Rainbow Registered certification. Meaning, the beach and surrounding businesses are 2ELGBTQIA+ friendly. Neat, eh?
This is a uniquely New Brunswick beauty and certainly a treasure to behold! With an impressive 12-kilometre stretch of golden sand, this saltwater beach is not only breathtaking but also offers free access. You can take a nice dip in the ocean, walk along the boardwalk and explore the variety of bird species and endangered plants that dot the coastline. Be sure to stay on the designated paths and enjoy the Irving Eco Centre, featuring informative displays, programs and even an observation tower.
Calling all beach campers! Gagnon Beach is your ultimate destination. Also a short drive from Shediac, this beach offers a range of camping facilities and even boasts a newly opened spa for added relaxation. This one certainly deserves a spot on the best beaches in Canada list. It’s an ideal spot for families with kids, ocean lovers and sun-seekers alike.
There you have it – the hottest (literally and figuratively) beaches that will make any beach lover’s heart skip a beat. So pack your sunscreen, grab your beach towel and get ready to soak up the sun in these east coast paradises.
A short hike from Kellys Beach, also located in Kouchibouguac National Park, is another seaside treasure… Callanders Beach. This pet-friendly beach promises lagoons and leisurely swimming off the main coast. Callanders is also ideal for ocean wading, kayaking, canoeing and even softshell clam fishing. Oh, and bird lovers, be sure to grab your binoculars to spot the 225 or so bird species in the area.