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Jericho Beach, Vancouver (Tourism Vancouver/John Sinal photo)

Jericho Beach, Vancouver (Tourism Vancouver/John Sinal photo)

TripAdvisor named Tofino (#1), Okanagan (#2) and Parksville (#3) "Best Beaches in Canada" in the 2011 Readers Choice Awards.

British Columbia has every type of beach imaginable: remote, urban, sand and pebble. There are some spectacular ocean beaches along the BC mainland coast as well as Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands.

Inland, many of the regions boast warm lake waters or scenically rugged settings, making them popular for water recreation that includes: surfing, swimming, canoeing, fishing, boating, windsurfing, waterskiing and kayaking. The best months for beaches and swimming are July and August.

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