Sun warming your face, a sea breeze in your hair, and kilometre after kilometre of coast to explore—nothing screams summer more than a road trip along some sandy shores. In New Brunswick, the Acadian Coast is the perfect spot for Quebecers to pair basking on Canada’s warmest saltwater beaches with lots of adventure.
So pack your flip flops, slide on your shades, and hit the road to find your dream spot:
Start your Acadian Coastal Drive at the southeastern point of Murray Beach. Close to the world-famous Confederation Bridge, this beach is a dream for anyone who loves beachcombing, hiking, or camping.
Known for: Having camping spots close to the ocean.
While you’re here make sure to: Hike the coastal trail that takes you underneath the first arch of the nearby Confederation Bridge.
What people are saying: “The ocean setting was stunning, and it is out of the way enough to feel as if you are really away from it all. The beach was full of sea life, and not at all crowded. A little-known gem, and we will be back!” – unitedfarmers, TripAdvisor
With the reputation of being one of North America’s finest beaches, Parlee Beach is the perfect place to kick back and relax. Want to have some fun in the sun? Swim at the supervised swimming beach or take part in any of the daily sporting activities.
Known for: Having the warmest salt water in Canada.
While you’re here make sure to: Eat fresh lobster in nearby Shediac.
What people are saying: “We can’t wait to return to this beach. My children love the sandbars and searching for hermit crabs. Great vacation!!” – valeriemorris, Montreal, TripAdvisor
With 25 km (15.5 mi.) of golden dunes, Kellys Beach is a sand seeker’s dream. Pack a picnic and settle in for a day of swimming, sandcastle building, or just kicking back and dialing up the R&R to the max. And since it’s part of Kouchibouguac National Park, there’s also great programs and activities available for families.
Known for: The long, winding boardwalk over saltmarsh grass leading to the beach.
While you’re here make sure to: Explore the rest of Kouchibouguac National Park.
What people are saying: “A pristine and natural setting to enjoy the seashore. I love this place!” - Michel P, Montreal, TripAdvisor
This sandy, secluded beach is hidden between rocks that have been sculpted by the waves. Amenities, including a picnic area, volleyball court, and playground for children, make this a place you can play all day.
Known for: The high cliffs that create a panoramic background for the beach.
While you’re here make sure to: Learn about the history of the Acadians at the Village historique acadien.
What people are saying: “A beautiful beach in the shadow of a cliff... If you’re staying in New Brunswick, spend some time at Grande-Anse beach.” – Cafeel, Quebec City, TripAdvisor
This supervised saltwater beach is nestled between Bathurst Harbour and the Bay of Chaleur. Take a stroll along the boardwalk or settle in at a picnic table after snagging a snack at the cantina to fuel up for some more beaching.
Known for: A full-service marina right by the beach.
While you’re here make sure to: Take in all the urban charms of the city of Bathurst.
What people are saying: “Sandy beach. Marina close by… Wonderful landscape. We had a great time.” – JulieM, TripAdvisor