14 amazing places to surf in Canada

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When you think of Canada, you think of ice skating, maple syrup, and our obsession with apologizing. But what you may not expect of this amazing country (totally biased here) is that if you know where to go — we have some pretty sweet surfing spots. So grab a wet-suit (it’s still Canada—c’mon now) and prepare yourself for a totally radical experience. And if it’s your first time surfing, make sure you have an experienced individual with you—the water may look calm but weather changes may increase wave height. Surf Safe!


Tofino, B.C

We’re going to start this list off right and put Canada’s surf capital right on top! Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, this spot has waves perfect for both beginners and experts alike. Long Beach, located adjacent to Tofino in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, is a great surf spot for surfers of all levels. And its 16-km space allows plenty of elbow room during the summer rush. Another great spot is Cox Bay Beach. Though it is much smaller, it’s known for its consistent waves in the summer.

Where to get started: Pacific Surf Co.,  Live to Surf , Surf Sister Surf School

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