Wild Swimming: Top 10 Best Spots in Canada and USA

GlobalEAT - Wild Swimming: Top 10 Best Spots in Canada and USA
The largest and longest beach in the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is rich in history and nature. In the winter months, it's a popular storm-watching destination. (Pixaline/pixabay)

First Published: August 09, 2017 | Updated: August 15, 2020

Wild swimming has gained popularity over the past years.  With soaring summer temperatures, the joy of taking an al-fresco dip in refreshing natural waters has never felt more appealing.

The movement was inspired partly by writer, environmentalist and film-maker, Roger Deakin.  Deakin journeyed across Britain, swimming through the network of rivers, lakes and rock pools.

It’s great way to explore beauty in secluded places inexpensively. Wild swimming places include any natural body of water such as ocean, sea, river, lake and stream.

Canada: Top 10 Places

Did you know that close to 7.8 per cent of Canada’s terrain is covered by fresh water? Canada is home to nearly 14 per cent of the world’s lakes with surface areas over 500 square kilometres .

Surveys suggest that the nation may well has as many as two million lakes, cited thecanadianencyclopedia.ca.

Global EAT - Wild Swimming: Top 10 Best Spots in Canada and USA
Skaha Lake, also known as Dog Lake. Best time for swimming is from June to September. It’s red sand shoreline is a paradise for sunbathers. (Fawcett5/Wikimedia Commons)

The 10 absolute best beaches from British Columbia to Prince Edward Island, according to Chatelaine Magazine 2018 Rating.

    1. Long Beach, Pacific Rim National Park, British Columbia
    2. Wasaga Beach, Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, Ontario
    3. Kathleen Lake, Kluane National Park and Reserve, Yukon
    4. Manitou Beach, Little Manitou Lake, Saskatchewan
    5. Madeleine, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec
    6. St. Catherine’s River Beach, Kejimkujik National Park, Nova Scotia
    7. Skaha Beach, Penticton, British Columbia
    8. Singing Sands Beach, Basin Head Provincial Park, Souris, Prince Edward Island
    9. Hopewell Rocks, The Rocks Provincial Park, Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick
    10. Grand Beach, Grand Beach Provincial Park, Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba
Global EAT - Wild Swimming: Top 10 Best Spots in North America and Europe
Siesta Key Beach is a barrier island situated off the coast of Southwest Florida’s Sarasota County. The area is renowned for its endless powdery white sand and turquoise water. (Dough4872/Wikipedia.org)

10 Best U.S. Beaches

The 2020 list of best beaches in America is compilied by Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman who goes by the name, Dr. Beach. Leatherman is the professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University.

Dr. Beach’s annual survey covers some 650 U.S. beaches, based on 50 criteria including cleanliness, sand quality, water temperature, facilities and safety.

  1. Grayton Beach State Park,Florida Panhandle
  2. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, Outer Banks of North Carolina
  3. Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York
  4. Duke Kahanamoku Beach, Oahu, Hawaii
  5. Lighthouse Beach, Buxton, Outer Banks of North Carolina
  6. Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida
  7. Hapuna Beach State Park, Big Island, Hawaii
  8. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
  9. Coronado Beach, San Diego, California
  10. Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina

Top 10 American Freshwater Lakes

These are the most georgous freshwater lakes to swim in the U.S., according to Live Science.

  1. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  2. Lake Tahoe
  3. Tettegouche State Park
  4. Emerald Lake
  5. Crater Lake
  6. Bottomless Lakes
  7. Lake Crescent
  8. Flathead Lake in Montana
  9. Pyramid Lake
  10. Norris Lake


Wild Swim Places