Three girls lying on the sand at a beach, Renfrew County, Ontario [PA-056012]
Located near seashores, large rivers and lakes, beaches are strips of land between the low-water and high-water marks. Depending on the local geography, they are constituted of materials such as rocks, pebbles or sand.
Boys playing on the beach at Great Slave Lake, Hay River, Northwest Territories [e010976123]
The aristocracy and upper classes of the United Kingdom and Europe spearheaded visits to beaches for leisure and health. The beach as a recreation destination evolved during the mid-19th century. The expansion of railways and stations made it easier for middle-class and working-class citizens to purchase cheap fares, and to travel to growing resort towns.
Mr. Murphy and Ms. Beck at Ingonish Beach, Nova Scotia [e008302213]
During the late 19th century, North America, which was blessed with an abundance of beaches, also experienced a rapid development of these areas for recreation. This growth continued well into the 20th century, when new forms of water activities were invented, such as surfing, wake boarding and wind surfing.
Two men and a woman chalking up the water temperature at Brackley Beach, Prince Edward Island National Park [e010949055]
The popularity of beaches has not waned, and Canadians and tourists alike can enjoy the variety of amenities they offer.
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