Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

October 20, 2021
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Great Canuk beaches

Canadians may head to the palm-lined swaths of sand in the Caribbean during winter, but there’s no reason to stray once the warm weather arrives. This summer, check out some of the country’s best beaches:

• The town of Watrous, SK is well known for the shallow, mineral-rich waters of Manitou Beach. The saltwater lake is fed by underground springs and sinking is impossible — hence comparisons to the Dead Sea.

• The 14-kilometre-long Wasaga Beach, on Ontario’s Georgian Bay, is the world’s longest freshwater beach and pretty popular — about a million people visit each year.

Point Pelee, ON at the southernmost tip of Canada’s mainland, is a favourite for birdwatchers. Go swimming, canoeing and kayaking, or hike one of the national park’s eight self-guided trails.

• The red sandstone cliffs of Plage de la Dune-du-Nord on Îles-de-la-Madeleine, QC, are a lovely contrast to the 16-kilometre stretch of sand. Go kiteboarding or sea kayaking, and stop for a dip in the calm waters of the lagoon on the south side of the archipelago.

• There’s always a lot going on at Parlee Beach, in Shediac, NB, including volleyball tournaments, triathlons and sand-sculpting competitions. If you’re in the city in July, you can get your fill of shellfish at the annual Lobster Festival.

• Beaches in the Yukon? Actually, yes. Bennett Beach, which is south of Whitehorse, features huge dunes and two kilometres of white sand. The warm, shallow water makes it ideal for families with children.

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