We’re lucky to be surrounded by an abundance of natural beauty in Canada, including beaches, coast to coast. There are well-known spots like Tofino, Sandbanks, Bay of Fundy, Lawrencetown and Tadoussac. If those are far away, call your local tourism association to find out which beaches are close to home.
Once you’ve found the perfect spot, it’s time to pack up and hit the sand! We’ve rounded up everything you’ll need for a great day at the beach.
Unless you are going to a nudist beach, you will need a swimsuit. Your current swimsuit may be fine, but if it’s time for an upgrade, some of our faves include the women’s Wrap One-Piece by Everyday Sunday with gorgeous colours and a flattering fit, as well as the men’s comfortable Wavefarer by Patagonia with 50+ UPF sun protection. P.S. Don’t forget to put on some sunscreen!
If you’re looking for more coverage and sun protection, rashguards are a good option. Rip Curl makes breathable rashguards for the whole family – all of offering UPF 50 sun protection.
The very cute You St Tropez Fita Sandals from Brasilian brand Havaianas are perfect for padding in the sand. The men’s vegan Lowdown Flip by Chaco are comfortable, lightweight and transition well from land to water. Kids’ feet will be comfy in the quick-drying Castlerock Supreme Shoes by Columbia.
It’s essential to keep your head protected from the sun. For kids, Patagonia’s eco-friendly Trim Brim Hat is a winner with 50+ UPF sun protection. A popular choice among men is the Arc’teryx Trucker Cap which is versatile, breathable and has a comfortable mesh sweatband. The unisex Helios Sun Hat by Outdoor Research also gets rave reviews with its moisture-wicking fabric and UPF 50+ sun protection.
There’s no lack of choice when it comes to protecting your eyes with cool shades. First up, the one-size, unisex Frogskins Lite. Influenced by the best styles of pop culture and sports, they protect your eyes with Oakley’s performance technology. We also love the lightweight polarized Lighthouse Rootbeer glasses by Maui Jim (not sure what to love more, the glasses or their name). Keep small eyes protected with Ray-Ban’s durable and colourful Wayfarer Junior.
Soak up the sun on these colourful beauties. Thick and made with sustainably-sourced cotton, the Indigo Sun Beach Towel Towel and the Channel Woven by Slowtide are both pretty and practical for days spent lounging at the beach.
Your Beach Headquarters
Set up your beach headquarters! The Road Trip Beach Shade by Coleman protects you and your kids from the sun. The awning provides extra shade and the whole thing sets up in minutes with lightweight poles. It also offers privacy when changing in and out of swimsuits when you zip the door shut.
If you prefer chilling on a chair instead of a towel, the Helinox Beach Chair is comfortable, sets up and packs up easily. Kick it up a notch with the Helinox Playa Chair that has a wider frame, winged armrests, and a built-in cupholder. Both are lightweight and pack into a small storage sack.
When the heat rises, it’s very important to stay hydrated. You can lug water to the beach in style with crowd favourite Hydro Flask Wide Mouth 40 oz. Made with durable stainless steel, it keeps your drinks cold for up to 24 hours. The Hydro Flask with Flex Sip Lid is the perfect size for little hands and comes with an easy-to-clean straw lid.
The sun, the sand, and why not, a glass of rosé or a beer. If you’re not bringing beer bottles, you can pour your favourite brew in the Classic, Easy-Pour Growler by Stanley, which keeps beer cold and bubbly. The Corkcicle Stemless glass keeps your rosé chilled in a cute, shatterproof glass.
You can keep your beach meal cool and carry it on your back with the Hydro Flask Soft Mini Cooler Pack, sling it over your shoulder with the Coleman 36-Hour Marine Cooler or roll it in the heavy-duty, bear-resistant Wheeled Elite Cooler by Pelican.
The Victory Blanket by Nemo is perfect for picnics. Sturdy, it features a waterproof bottom and corner loops so you can pin it down. Don’t forget lightweight dinnerware such as the Sea to Summit Delta Camp Set and meal-prepping essentials like the Opinel Corkscrew Knife.
Inspired by Japanese tool totes, the Planing Tote by Patagonia is designed for a day at the beach. It’s sturdy and features compartments that let you separate wet swimsuits from dry clothes. The Fjällräven Totepack no 1 is roomy, can be converted into a backpack and is a good ally for a day at the beach and beyond.
Ready To Dig Your Feet In The Sand?
We hope you found everything you need for a great day at the beach. If you’re going with kids, remember to bring toys they can play with by the water, such as little shovels, buckets to make sandcastles, toy boats, a ball, etc.. And remember to bring a book or a magazine for yourself. Happy chillaxing!