1. Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick
Source: Parks Canada (Chris Reardon)
Splash factor: This park is known for its warm saltwater beaches, which are within walking distance of the campsites. Locals recommend Kelly’s Beach, which offers 6 km of golden sand dunes, about 2 km from the main campground at South Kouchibouguac. Bonus: Parks Canada hosts an interpretive program called Lagoon Life in a sheltered saltwater lagoon where kids can catch crab and moon snails.
2. Forillon National Park, Quebec
Source: Eric LeBel, Parks Canada
Splash factor: Forillon National Park, on the eastern tip of the Gaspé Peninsula, is a beautiful mountainous region on the Gulf of St. Lawrence and the Bay of Gaspé. Wonderful pebble beaches are found at Cap-Bon-Ami, Petit-Gaspé and at the Des-Rosiers campgrounds. If you’re looking for a nice sandy beach, then head to Penouille Beach. Bonus: Word has it that the sea kayaking is tops.
3. Parlee Beach Provincial Park, New Brunswick
Source: Tourism New Brunswick
Splash factor: Parlee Beach Provincial Park in Pointe-du-Chêne, New Brunswick, is frequently tagged as "New Brunswick's Favourite Swimming Beach.” Campers only have a 10-minute walk to warm, saltwater beaches. Bonus: Leave time in your camping holiday to enjoy a lobster cruise in nearby Shediac.