By KAREN CLEVELAND
Photo: Alastair Macpherson
With the Pacific Ocean and Tofino to the west and the Atlantic and Halifax to the east, Canada is no stranger to great surf. But there is a lesser known third coast: the Great Lakes. With more than 10,000 kilometers of coastline that create a mix of beach and point breaks, the Great Lakes have plenty of spots where you can catch a freshwater wave. (more…)
Surfer in Tofino. Photo by Steve Tannock.
For surfers, the ultimate surf vacation—or surfari, if you will—includes digs within walking distance to the ocean, so you can take advantage of great surf the moment it happens.
Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.
Photo by Pedro fait de la Photo
Why we chose it: This photo proves that surfers will catch waves wherever they can find them—on the Saint Lawrence River right in downtown Montreal, for instance. Whitewater kayakers also frequently tackle this standing wave, dubbed Habitat 67 for the adjacent famed housing complex. Kudos to the photographer on this epic action shot—and to the surfer for braving the northern waters!
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The surfer-cool vibe of Sitka in Kitsilano
Head to West 4th Avenue in cool Kitsilano for some of the city’s best surf shops. Sitka (pictured) has a living plant wall outside and carries breezy tees, skateboards, bathing suits and shoes inside. Pacific Boarder stocks everything for the sun and sand. And Billabong offers clothing for both sexes in a youthful space.—Jennifer Patterson