Canadian Hole (Haulover)
The Location: Canadian Hole, named for its favor among our northern neighbors, is located in North Carolina’s Outer Banks, on Cape Hatteras, two miles south of Avon, on the western (Pamlico Sound) side of Highway 12.
The Activity: Windsurfing
Windsurfers from the U.S. and Canada drive thousands of miles to reach this postcard-perfect swath of shoreline blessed with steady 15–20 mph winds and a 30-mile wide, mostly unobstructed, body of saltwater. Spring and fall are considered prime time. The wind is actually decent in the summer, too, but you’ll share the scene with tourists. Water conditions range from superflat to semi-choppy, depending on the wind direction and speed. A public beach, Canadian Hole (technically known as the Haulover Day Use Area) comes equipped with ample year-round parking, and seasonally open restrooms and showers.
What Else to Do: Swimming, kayaking, SUP, and hanging out at sunset are all part of life at Canadian Hole during the summer season. Kitesurfing is also a draw, but because windsurfers tend to glide at a somewhat slower pace, the two water sports don’t mix well. Kiteboarders moved down the beach to an area now known as Kite Point. The access ramp is located about a mile south of Canadian Hole’s parking area.
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