It doesn’t matter where you live in Canada, if the surfing bug gets you, there’s no stopping you from chasing the perfect wave. Whether you live in continental Calgary or right on Lake Ontario, you might be considering moving to a destination where the waves are closer and better. If you’re serious about improving your surfing, consider moving to these five Canadian cities.
#1: Tofino, British Columbia
It’s no surprise that British Columbia has several major surfing locations, but Tofino is widely considered the best surfing location in the country. Welcome to surfers any time of year, Tofino offers 35km of beach that’s suitable for beginners and experts. Be sure to get an appropriate wet suit because these waters will chill you to the bone. But if you’re a true surfer at heart, not even the chilly winter water can keep you away.
#2: Kananaskis River, Alberta
Alberta is known for a lot of things, but surfing isn’t necessarily one of them. However, the Canoe Meadows Campground in Bow Valley Provincial Park features a metre wave called the Green Tongue, which has had a long-standing reputation for being a great beginner wave. Situated at the base of the picturesque Rocky Mountains, there are certainly worse places to practice your postures.
#3: Kincardine, Ontario
Southern Ontario is carved up by the world’s biggest lakes. It should be no surprise that at least some of these areas offer sweet surf. There are many places in Ontario that are a surfer’s paradise, and Kincardine is definitely at the top of that list. While surf isn’t always available, if you time it just right, you could be surfing on 10-foot waves. Keep an eye on the weather forecast before you plan your trip.
#4: Greater Montreal, Quebec
Seeing as how the Island of Montreal is surrounded by water, it should be no surprise that there are a few hot spots available for surf lovers. The best wave, called Habitat 67, is situated behind the building for which it’s named. It’s also easily accessible by foot and close to the downtown core. You don’t have to drive far out to catch this impressively high wave. The best time to catch it is in early spring, so be sure to find the right suit.
#5: Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia
We’ve toured surf spots all over the country, and we finally end in the Maritimes. The Atlantic Ocean is known for being frigidly cold all-year round, but if you can see past that, you’ll have tons of surf waiting for you. This area is not recommended for beginners, as the fierce winds and strong currents can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing. But if you consider yourself an expert, the fall and winter months offer the best waves.
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