Canada’s Five Most Remarkable Places to Surf

Check out Canada’s top five most remarkable places to catch a wave.

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When someone mentions the country of Canada many things come to mind like snow, beer, igloos, good health care and so on. The one thing that people wouldn’t normally associate with Canada is surfing.

Just like many other hardcore surfers who go out of their way to find and catch a wave, some Canadians are no different. Our surfers are so dedicated to surfing that you will see some of them even in freezing cold weather trying to ride a wave.

If you’re ever visiting Canada and a surfer, then you might want to check out these five top places to catch a wave. They might not be as extreme as other places in the world but never the less you can still surf these areas.

North Chesterman Beach, British Columbia


Chesterman Beach is just one of many spots in British Columbia that an avid surfer can catch a wave. Although the waves are not as aggressive here as they are in other parts of the world, they can still get pretty big and quite dangerous in the winter months as you can see in the picture. Surfers in this region find surfing to be at its best in the winter months as long as you can bare the cold. There are also many accommodations for people visiting the area and also a surf school close by if you have an interest to learn.

Lawrencetown Beach, Nova Scotia


Lawerencetown Beach is located about 25 minutes away from downtown Halifax. This beach is actually a provincial park that is supervised by the Nova Scotia Lifeguard Service since 1973. Like surfing in any other part of Canada it does get chili here and a wetsuit is almost a must. Locals love the beach and so do the surfers. Again the best waves seem to appear in the winter months or when tropical storms have formed far out in the ocean.

Long Beach, British Columbia


Long Beach is another favorite place for the locals of British Columbia or avid surfers to ride some waves. The beach stretches on for miles and certain parts on the beach are ideal for surfing. Again you might not see or catch waves you see in other countries but you can still ride these all the same.

Martinique Beach, Nova Scotia


Martinique Beach is referred to by some of the locals as a surfer’s paradise. This beach is also located with the same provincial park as Lawerencetown Beach. Its white sandy beach and wave breaks make it a decent spot for surfing but again normal surf wear is a wet suit to keep warm. You can even catch the hardcore surfers riding waves in the middle of winter if it’s clear enough to.

Nootka Island, British Columbia


Nootka Island is one of the least populated places to surf in Canada. The best time to catch a wave is in spring and fall, while if you’re a professional surfer then mid winter would be for you. By this time of the year the waves are high and aggressive but not recommended for everyone. It’s absolutely an amazing place to surf in Canada.

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  1. roberto sardelli
    Posted August 10, 2008 at 3:29 am

    I would rather stay on land. I’d be worrying about becoming shark bait. Well done

  2. tracy sardelli
    Posted August 11, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    I am not a surfer but i just love Nootka island it is just so pretty, i love it. Great article.

  3. Glynis Smy
    Posted August 23, 2008 at 1:18 am

    Well how about that! my son has just announced he is emigrating to Vancouver, he is going to be Senior Marine Biologist at Vancouver aquarium and guess what..he’s a surfer! I am sending this to him in the UK so he can discover new things about his new country, I hit the random button and you were there Chris, thanks for this great article..if only I had the I have stumbled this

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