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Canada’s Top Coastal Destinations for Happiness

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Recognising the significant role that nature plays in boosting physical and mental well-being, recent research by Casivo.ca seeks to pinpoint and celebrate provinces and territories that stand out for those yearning for the tranquil embrace of coastal living.

Through a systematic points-based index, Casivo assessed factors such as beach access, marine biodiversity, coastal trails, and overall seaside charm, resulting in a definitive ranking of the best provinces and territories for coastal enthusiasts.

Newfoundland and Labrador take the crown as Canada’s coastal paradise

Newfoundland and Labrador emerge as Canada’s premier destinations for coastal enthusiasts, boasting an exceptional score of 9.12/10. With an extensive coastline spanning over 29,000 kilometres, this province is a coastal haven like no other, which has been proven beneficial for an increased mood and body.

The region’s unmatched marine biodiversity, featuring 180 unique species per 100 km2, outshines its maritime counterparts.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s coastal trails provide a breathtaking experience, with a trail density of 2.345 per 100 km2, ensuring adventurers can explore the picturesque shoreline at every turn. The province’s commitment to preserving its natural beauty is evident in the 82% coverage of coastal areas, offering residents and visitors a serene escape.

Dr Olivia Evans, a marine biologist, underscores the profound impact of coastal living on mental well-being: “The sound of crashing waves, the salty breeze, and the rhythmic ebb and flow of tides contribute to a unique sensory experience. Coastal living has been linked to reduced stress levels and improved overall mental health.”

Ontario secures second place in coastal charm

Claiming the second spot with a noteworthy overall nature score of 8.78/10 is Ontario, a province known for its diverse landscapes and expansive waterfronts. With a coastline spanning the Great Lakes and the majestic shores of the St Lawrence River, Ontario offers a rich tapestry of coastal beauty.

Ontario boasts an impressive 1.982 coastal trails per 100 km2, providing ample opportunities for residents and visitors to explore the province’s breathtaking waterfronts. The region’s commitment to environmental conservation is evident in its 63% coverage of coastal areas, fostering a harmonious relationship between urban life and natural serenity.

British Columbia takes the third coastal crown

Claiming the third spot on the coastal paradise podium is British Columbia, renowned for its stunning Pacific coastline and vibrant marine life. With an overall nature score of 8.45/10, British Columbia offers a captivating blend of coastal charm and environmental diversity.

The province’s commitment to marine conservation is evident in its 1.788 coastal trails per 100 km2, ensuring that nature enthusiasts can immerse themselves in the breathtaking beauty of the shoreline. British Columbia’s 72% coverage of coastal areas further reinforces its status as a coastal paradise, providing a tranquil escape for those seeking a closer connection to the sea.

Yukon Presents challenges for coastal enthusiasts

At the bottom of the coastal ranking, Yukon claims the last spot with an overall nature score of 4.02/10. While Yukon has stunning landscapes and natural wonders, its inland geography limits coastal accessibility. With only 0.21 coastal trails per 100 km2 and minimal marine biodiversity, Yukon presents challenges for those passionate about coastal living.

Yukon compensates with its unique offerings, including expansive lakes and majestic mountains, making it an ideal destination for those seeking a different kind of nature experience.

As the world yearns for the therapeutic embrace of nature, Canada’s coastal paradises stand as beacons of tranquillity and serenity. Whether it’s the rugged shores of Newfoundland and Labrador or the expansive waterfronts of Ontario and British Columbia, each coastal haven offers a unique escape for those seeking the soothing rhythm of the sea. The research conducted by Casivo underscores the importance of coastal living in fostering a harmonious relationship between individuals and the natural world.




Tim Williamson, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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