From the West Coast to the scenic lakes sprinkled across Western Canada, there are plenty of stunning beaches to visit on your summer adventures. Our LDExperts in the Photolab have curated a list of the best beaches in Western Canada to photograph, featuring images captured by some truly talented Canadian photographers. Just keep on scrolling below to see them all! Once you know which of these beaches you want to visit this summer, head on over to our blog post on Summer Photography Tips for Capturing Beautiful Beach Views, to get some pointers for achieving even better photos.
Cox Bay Beach, Tofino BC
Where Vancouver Island meets the Pacific Ocean. Cox Bay is a stunning spot to take in the naturally majestic views of the West Coast. If you’re looking for some subjects to photograph from the beach, there’s always plenty of surfers catching a wave! Or you can perch high above the beach, like photographer Jonah Ferguson did here, to get a great shot of Cox Bay from a different perspective.
English Bay, Vancouver BC
Nestled right at the edge of downtown Vancouver, there’s no doubt English Bay has one of the best sunset beach views in the city. Meander along the scenic Sea Wall which passes through the area, or simply have a seat on one of the many logs perched on the beach to enjoy the view. We love how Vancouver-based photographer Chris van Edig used some nearby rocks as a focal point in this stunning sunset shot.
Devonshire Beach, Slave Lake AB
Devonshire beach sits on Lesser Slave Lake, in Slave Lake National Park. Considered one of the few naturally occurring beaches in Alberta, Devonshire Beach features a 1.5km of white sandy beach with shallow waters. If you’re looking for a unique photo op, the beach also hosts an annual sand castle building competition! For a panoramic view from above, check out the Marten Mountain Viewpoint, which is 983 metres high.
Good Spirit Lake, Canora SK
Good Spirit Lake National Park is home to one of the best beaches in Saskatchewan, on Good Spirit Lake. Sandy beaches, and clear shallow water make this spot a favourite for families. The sand dunes on the south end of the lake also offer a unique place to snap some photos – some are as high as 50 feet! Regina-based photographer Herry captured this great shot of the Canada Day fireworks on the beach.
Lower Fishing Lake, Smeaton SK
Backing on a beautiful jack pine forest, Lower Fishing Lake in Narrow Hills Provincial Park is a perfect spot to set up camp and get some great scenic photos. The beach on Lower Fishing Lake is well-maintained and has plenty of sand for fun in the sun. For photographer Jocelyn de Moissac, it made for the perfect photo op with her son!
Grand Beach, Grand Marais MB
Grand Beach and Provincial Park stretches along the eastern shore of Lake Winnipeg – Canada’s sixth largest lake. The beach features 3kms of powdery white sand and sand dunes up to 12 metres high that line the edge of the beach. When the tide is out, the pools of water make for some great reflection photos. Add a subject and a beautiful sunset, and you’ve got a great snapshot like the one Riley Anderson captured above.
Winnipeg Beach, MB
Winnipeg Beach also sits along the edge of Lake Winnipeg, and is a part of the Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park. Its long stretch of fine white sand beach is an excellent spot to enjoy the sun and snap some summer photos. Lake Winnipeg is so large, that the other side of the lake isn’t visible from the beach – making it look like an ocean rather than a lake. This can give your photos a unique perspective, considering Manitoba is land-locked! The beach also has a picturesque red and white lighthouse perched right by the water, that would make a great focal point for your photos!
Are any of these beaches on your must-visit list this summer? After you’ve snapped some great shots at the beach, our Photolab can help you preserve and share those summer memories. Order prints or enlargements of your favourite shots, or turn them into wall décor with our canvas gallery wraps, aluminum metal panels, and posters and collages. We can even print your beach photos on a beach bag, beach blanket, or water bottle. To make it as convenient as possible, you can order through our Photolab online, London Drugs Photolab App for iOS and Android, or at our in-store kiosks.