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Pair of B.C. beaches make Guardian’s list of world’s top 50 beaches

People pack English Bay Beach to sunbathe in Vancouver, B.C., on June 3, 2009.

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Two British Columbia beaches have landed on a list of the world's top 50 beaches as ranked by the British newspaper The Guardian.

It places English Bay in Vancouver in the 47th spot, noting the spectacular sunsets at the beach that's also heralded as a "mecca for families and volleyball players."

The only other Canadian beach on the list is Chesterman Beach near Tofino on Vancouver Island, which has been named as the planet's best "wild and remote beach."

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Chesterman is noted as a kid-friendly surfing hangout that is also home to orcas.

First place on the list for the "wow factor" goes to an idyllic stretch of sand in the Seychelles.

The list includes international beaches noted for attracting backpackers, horseriders and those who can fish for their supper.

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