north­ern re­treat

ELLE (Canada) - - Travel -

Have this beach (al­most) all to your­self.

editor’s pov

One of the most un­usual and im­pres­sive beaches in Canada is of­ten called the world’s small­est desert—and it’s in the Yukon. Cov­er­ing just 1.6 square kilo­me­tres, Car­cross Desert is ac­tu­ally a se­ries of deep sand dunes dot­ted with lodge­pole pine, larch, mosses and en­dan­gered sedge grass, and it’s also flanked by rocky snow-cov­ered peaks. Lo­cals love to sand­board and off-road on the veg­e­ta­tion-free parts; I rec­om­mend hik­ing the sun-warmed sands down to the shore of Ben­nett Lake. (Pack a pic­nic lunch.) Go to for a roundup of must-visit beaches in Canada. christiNA REYNOLDS

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