Beaches to visit in Newfoundland and Labrador this summer
We have a lot of sandy beaches. Who knew?
Newfoundland and Labrador is known for many things — rugged coast lines, glacial fjords, colourful houses and much more. But you hardly hear talk of beaches.
Maybe it's about time we add it to the list.
If you're looking to be a tourist at home, or if you want to visit Canada's most easterly province, here are some beaches you can check out.
[Disclaimer: We know this isn't ALL of the best beaches in this province, but it's a good sample. Thanks to everyone on CBC Newfoundland and Labrador's Facebook page for contributing.]
Often considered the best beach the province has to offer, Lumsden is home to long stretches of white sand.
If you're heading out from the capital city of St. John's, you're about four and a half hours away.
Sandbanks Provincial Park, Burgeo
Sandbanks Provincial Park is located near Burgeo on the south coast of Newfoundland. It's about a three hour drive from Corner Brook.
"The park is named for its undulating sand dunes and long expanses of flat, sandy beaches," according to Tourism Newfoundland and Labrador.
St. Vincent's Beach
Located on the Irish Loop of the southern Avalon Peninsula, in St. Mary's Bay, St. Vincent's Beach has larger rocks but an even bigger draw — whales!
Middle Cove Beach
Middle Cove Beach in Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove is known as a hot spot for campfires and capelin catching. What this beach lacks in fine sand, it makes up for in rugged beauty.
It's located just 15 minutes outside of St. John's.
Bottle Cove, Lark Harbour
Bottle Cove Beach in Lark Harbour, near Corner Brook, is known for its Instagram-worthy sunsets. It's also a great destination because there's lots to see on the way there.
Sandy Cove Beach, Eastport Peninsula
Like its name suggests, Sandy Cove Beach is good on the toes with soft, fine sand. It's also a good spot for swimming because of its shallow water along parts of the coastline.
Point Lance, Cape Shore
Point Lance, with a population of about 100 people, sits on the southern edge of the Avalon Peninsula's Cape Shore.
Western Brook Beach
Those who visit Western Brook Beach in Gros Morne National Park say the walk in to the sandy beach is just as pretty as the waterside itself.
Grand Bay West Beaches
Grand Bay West Beaches, located just west of Channel-Port-aux-Basques, is another example of an incredible sandy beach.
Kelly Hogan, who offered this spot up as one of the best in the province, on CBC Newfoundland and Labrador's Facebook page, says, "Take a picnic and pack your swimsuit and spend a sunny day hiking from Port-aux-Basques to J.T. Cheeseman's Provincial Park along the beach."
North West River Beach
North West River Beach is located in the town of North West River in central Labrador. It plays host to the Beach Festival each year, bringing in live entertainment and activities.
Salmon Cove Sands
Located in Salmon Cove, in Conception Bay North, this beach is filled with fine, grey sand. It's just an hour-and-15 minute drive from the St. John's metro area.
Musgrave Harbour Beach
Given what we know about Lumsden's famous sandy beach, we shouldn't be surprised that Musgrave Harbour has coastlines with the same beauty, along the Kittiwake Coast.
With a mix of rocks and sand, Bellevue Beach is a great spot to visit, nestled at the bottom of Trinity Bay.