Posted: August 3, 2018 at 10:29 am

Photo by Juhan Sonin

Every summer we start out with a long list of things we want to do: take a road trip, go camping, have a bonfire, and of course, go swimming. But as summer speeds by sometimes it’s hard to check everything off our summer wishlist. The August long weekend is the perfect opportunity to take a pause, slow down, and unwind. Even better, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore the natural beauty around you. There’s no better way to spend a long weekend than by getting out, on, or in your local waters.

Why head to the water this weekend?

Whether it’s paddling, boating, or swimming, summer happens by the water. Being near water allows us to truly relax; it’s where we are our most free. And I’m not just saying that. There is more and more research being done exploring the connection between wellness and being around water. Wallace J. Nichols’ recent book Blue Mind explores this relationship, suggesting being around water can increase mindfulness, lower stress and anxiety, as well as improve focus and even quality of sleep.

Pro tip: Blue Mind makes for a great read while waterside.

In the middle of summers’ hussle and bussle, we could all use a weekend to relax and reconnect- both to ourselves and our friends and family. Being around water also helps bring people together. When we are near water we are more open and calm, creating the perfect atmosphere for connecting with friends and family.

Why explore your local waters?

Sure, we’ve all been envious of a beautiful far away beach at some point. But when was the last time you explored your local watershed and discovered a new gem in your own backyard? Better yet, when was the last time you visit that old favourite beach full of memories?

Summer often has us on the move- travelling, visiting family. The August long weekend is the perfect opportunity to take a pause, pack a backpack instead of a suitcase, and explore your local watershed. Challenge yourself to swim somewhere you’ve never swam before, or curl up on your favourite beach with a good book.

Looking for some inspiration? Don’t worry, we have a bunch of resources on the best beaches all over Canada. Explore our resources below and enjoy the beauty of your local, natural waters:

First off, if you haven’t visited or downloaded Swim Guide, start with that. We have thousands of beaches across Canada waiting to be enjoyed:


If you’re looking for regional inspiration:

Five Lake Ontario Beaches to explore this weekend

The Great Lakes Guide to the long weekend

Explore B.C.’s Beautiful Waters

Get out on the Saskatchewan River This Long weekend

Top 10 Canadian Beaches in Swim Guide for 2017

The Best Beaches in Quebec /

Les plages les plus populaire et les plus propres au Québec

The Most Popular Beaches in New Brunswick

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