Ontario’s Best Beaches: JustFly’s Guide To Beaching In Canada’s Most Southern Province
Canada is famous for long Winters, ice hockey, and apologizing. While this much is true, it may come as a surprise that it also features fantastic Summer beaches worthy of your attention. This is especially true in the province of Ontario. As Canada’s most Southern-most province, Ontario can have extremely hot Summers which are perfect for a day at the beach. Sitting smack dab in the middle of the Great Lakes means there are almost too many options to choose from. Luckily, I spoke with JustFly, an online travel company, to see what they thought of the Ontario beach scene. They gave me a list of their top three Ontario beaches where you can soak up some sun this Summer.
Grand Bend, Ontario
Located on the shore of Lake Huron, Grand Bend is your quintessential party beach. A small town by most standards, Grand Bend transforms on weekends to become a raucous beach town. Highlighted by what locals call “the strip”, this row of bars, restaurants, shops, and weird attractions are often filled beyond capacity once the Summer hits. As for the beach itself, it is considered the best quality of all beaches along Lake Huron according to JustFly’s review. If you are looking for something a little tamer, about 20 minutes North of town lies the village of Bayfield. Same beach, different mindset.
Wasaga Beach, Ontario
Striking a balance between a party beach and a relaxing one is Wasaga Beach. Located on Georgian Bay, Wasaga Beach generally has slightly cooler waters but makes up for it in its accommodations. As the official boundary between “Cottage Country” and Toronto, you should be able to find beautiful lodging for all budgets. If you want to see something a bit more unique, just West of Wasaga Beach lies Collingwood Beach. While the town itself is pretty standard, their beach is unique in the sense that the water lies on rock. This continues out waist deep for about 100 feet before dropping off into murky depths.
Sandbanks Provincial Park
A Provincial Park made famous for its hulking dunes and sand bars, Sandbanks Provincial Park obviously has an epic beach. Located near Belleville, Ontario, this park and beach sits on Lake Ontario. Those bars and dunes we mentioned? Combined they form the biggest system of dunes and sandbars on the planet. A note from JustFly, this beach may not be the one for you if you object to mass nudity as Sandbanks’ beach is famous for being one of Ontario’s most popular nude beaches.
Photo credit: Eric Parker