Canal Beach is CLOSED for the Season as of September 20, 2021

Blue-Green Algae

Canal Beach remains open for swimming. Though Lake Utopia is at risk of blue-green algae, Public Health has not advised us of any blooms at this time.

For more information about blue-green algae at Canal Beach/Lake Utopia visit gnb.ca/algae.

Located at 190 Maxwell Road in Canal, NB (approx. 10 minutes north of the Town of St. George), Canal Beach is popular for locals and visitors to our area. You may not find much mention of Canal Beach in tourism brochures as it is one of the area’s best keep secrets.

The Beach offers a playground, changing rooms and a wash closet (porta-potty/outhouse). The sand has a pinkish color to it owing to the area being rich in red/pink granite. The waters of the Lake Utopia offer a refreshing place to cool off while not being too cold.

The nearby public boat ramp offers a spot for boaters to put their boats into Lake Utopia.


Beach Hours

  • Monday to Friday
    9:00am to 9:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday
    10:00am to 9:00pm

Please note that the gate is opened/closed (locked) each day outside of the hours of operation.

Any vehicle inside of the gate at the time of gate closure will remain there until the gate is open the following day.

Beach Rules

  • NO Glass or Breakable Items
  • NO Overnight Camping or Parking
  • NO Littering
    Please use Garbage Bins
  • NO Lifeguard on Duty
    Use at Own Risk
  • Use of Alcohol, Tobacco, and/or Cannabis is Prohibited
  • Dogs must be Leashed
    Clean Up after Your Pet
  • NO Fires Allowed
  • In Emergency – Call 9-1-1

The beach opens for the season on the first Saturday of June
and closes the third Monday of September.