From the coastal beaches of Cape Breton Island, to the bountiful lakes of Ontario, to the surf haven that is southern British Columbia, Canada offers some of the most diverse and beautiful beaches in the world. In 2017, Canadians flocked to beaches all over the country, and used Swim Guide to check out their favourite swimming spots. Alberta takes top provincial honours this year with 6 beaches in the Top 10, while old favourites like Toronto’s Woodbine Beach remain a fixture. Check out the the Top 10 Canadian Beaches of 2017 below, and be sure add some of these to your own list for 2018!

1. Woodbine Beach
Toronto, Ontario
Managed by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
Clicks: 6,441
Passed water quality tests: 98%

2. Lac Philippe, Plage Breton
Gatineau Park, Quebec
Managed by Ottawa Riverkeeper
Clicks: 6,382
Passed water quality tests: 88%

3. Albert Dyck Lake Dock
Abbotsford, British Columbia
Managed by The Swim Guide
Clicks: 5,344
Passed water quality tests: 100%*

4. Pigeon Lake Provincial Park
Pigeon Lake, Alberta
Managed by North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper
Clicks: 4,480
Passed water quality tests: 51%

5. Alberta Beach at Lac Ste. Anne
Alberta Beach, Alberta
Managed by North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper
Clicks: 4,439
Passed water quality tests: 28%

6. Wabamun Lake Provincial Park
Wabamun, Alberta
Managed by North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper
Clicks: 4,258
Passed water quality tests: 100%*

7. Aspen Beach Provincial Park
Gull Lake, Alberta
Managed by North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper
Clicks: 4,249
Passed water quality tests: 100%*

8. Kinsmen Beach
Port Perry, Ontario
Managed by Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
Clicks: 4,108
Passed water quality tests: 43%

9. Ghost Lake Provincial Recreation Area Beach
Cochrane, Alberta
Managed by North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper
Clicks: 3,751
Passed water quality tests: 100%*

10. Sylvan Lake Provincial Park
Sylvan Lake, Alberta
Managed by North Saskatchewan Riverkeeper
Passed water quality tests: 100%*

*Water quality monitoring in Alberta is conducted by the Alberta Health Service. The do not share results unless an advisory has been issued. No advisories were issued for any of the Alberta beaches on this list in 2017.

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