The ocean temps of Southern BC are relatively the same as Southern California. I go swimming in the Georgia Strait & English Bay during the summer, and you can find warm pockets that are really nice. This time of year though its way too cold.
My favourite beaches in Canada are Parlee Beach in Shediac, NB, Cavendish Beach in P.E.I. , English Bay & Wreck in Vancouver, and Long Beach in Tofino BC.
Vancouver island has some nice beaches. Rathtrevor near parksville is famous for its low tides going out about 1 kilometer.
Parksville is also home to the Sandcastle competition www.parksvillebeachfest.ca
The Juan de fuca trail and the west coast trail have some nice beaches. Here are three pictures of Long Beach near Tofino
Also Savory island off of Powell river has a very nice beach all the way around the island
id have to say my favourite beach is Sauble beach..which is the second largest fresh water beach in the world after wasaga, and its only about an 1 1/2 hours away from wasaga to, offcouse its my favourite i live 15 minutes away from it hehe, its amazing in the summer though i feel like one of the few lucky Canadians to live in this area to be able to go to this beach all summer..hehe now im bragging
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