15 of Canada’s most unique beaches


Ingonish Beach, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Size: A large stretch of tree-and-rock-lined waters with lush, green rolling hills reminiscent of Anne of Green Gables.

Location: Cape Breton Highlands National Park.

What makes it unique: This beach has access to salt and freshwater. A barachois—a term used to describe a cove separated by a barrier of rocks—has been naturally forming in Ingonish waters as waves bring in rounded cobblestones. This wall has left the beach with two natural pools: the salty Atlantic and the freshwater cove.

Fun fact: The beach offers the option to not only swim in either fresh water or salt water, but you can also fish in both, which provides a wider variety of species.


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