English Bay, Chesterman Beach make the Guardian's best beaches list

B.C.'s English Bay and Chesterman Beach have made The Guardian's list of top 50 beaches in the world.

Two B.C. beaches only Canadian ones to make the list

Chesterman Beach sunset (Duncan Speight)

B.C.'s English Bay and Chesterman Beaches were named the Guardian's list of top 50 beaches in the world. 

They are the only two Canadian beaches to have made the list.

The British newspaper says Chesterman beach in Tofino is one of the best for wild and remote locations.

Spectators watch an October 2007 storm pound Chesterman Beach in Tofino, B.C. (Kevin Drews/The Canadian Press)

"You could almost pick any beach off the ocean side of Vancouver Island, but Chesterman has the edge," the paper said.

"It's the kind of place where you might see kids pedaling along barefoot with a surfboard under one arm. With a bit of luck and keen eyesight, you might spot orcas out beyond the breakers."

Meanwhile Vancouver's English Bay made the best city beach list. 

The sun rises over English Bay and the North Shore mountains. (Rafferty Baker/CBC)

The Guardian described the beach as a "mecca for families and volleyball players" and there is the added bonus of the West End's restaurant scene and iconic Stanley Park within easy reach. Plus, let's not forget the annual summer fireworks.

Participants take a dip into English Bay during the 95th annual New Year's Day Polar Bear Swim. (Ben Nelms/Reuters)
Fireworks light up English Bay. (CBC )

But it's the English Bay sunsets that really caught the paper's attention. 

"It really comes into its own at dusk. It's then that Vancouverites stroll in to sit on the huge blanched logs that wash up here and gaze out at the sunsets, glass or guitar in hand."

Golden hour at English Bay. (Lien Yeung/CBC)


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