The 5 best sailing destinations in Canada

November 3, 2015

Canada is home to some of the best sailing on the planet. Avid sailors, adventurous families and those curious about the ins and outs of sailing just need to find the best places to practise.

Luckily, most of the country's sailing destinations are easily accessible. Here's a list of the five best places to sail throughout Canada.

The 5 best sailing destinations in Canada

1. Georgian Bay

A beautiful freshwater bay off Lake Huron, this sailing location is ideal for all levels of sailing experience.

Both families and those looking for a sailing vacation will find Georgian Bay to be a great spot.

With calm weather, picturesque anchorages and quaint towns like Midland and Penetanguishene, you'll find yourself in a sailing paradise in Georgian Bay.

2. 1000 Islands

Nestled between the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, this sailing destination is perfect for island hopping.

With unbeatable anchorages, a national park and the beautiful Singer Mansion, it's a great destination if you're interested in Canada's natural beauty or history. Plus, day hikes, picnics and swimming off your decks will be par for the course.

Families, new sailors and sailing enthusiasts alike can enjoy the 1000 Islands because this destination combines gorgeous views, island adventures and calm waters with just enough wind to ensure your sailing trip will be a success.

3. Îles-de-la-Madeleine

A Québécois island chain located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off the coast of Cape Breton, the Îles-de-la-Madeleine have dramatic red cliffs and expansive dunes that make any sailing trip idyllic.

These islands are secluded with lots of protected waters, and avid — as well as novice — sailors will be able to enjoy this destination while learning how to navigate the beautiful Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

4. Howe Sound

Off the coast of British Columbia, the Howe Sound offers a unique sailing destination for all skill levels.

Sailors can enjoy views of Mount Baker and the Olympic Mountains, and the sound is home to whales and other marine wildlife.

Howe Sound is also conveniently close to other sailing paradises and destinations such as Desolation Sound, the Gulf Islands and the nearby U.S. San Juan Islands.

5. Prince Edward Island

Quaint harbours and beautiful beaches mean that Prince Edward Island offers some of the country's best sailing.

Plenty of inlets dot the border of this island, where marine wildlife abound in the waters and seafood dishes such as lobster are prominent on land.

You may have to compete with fishing vessels in some of the more industrial ports, but the island's expansive harbour fronts are ideal anchorages for sail boats.

So, if you're looking for somewhere in Canada to sail for experience, pleasure, or both, keep these destinations in mind.

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