During the winter months, it’s extremely common for Canadians to head south of the boarder to bask in white sand and salty sea. However, when summer rolls around in the True North, us Canucks are also treated to sunshine and 30 degree weather. One way many to celebrate this season is by spending a day or two at the beach. While not equipped with tiki bars or palm trees like many tropical destinations, Ontario beaches are our own backyard oasis. From the shores of Lake Huron to the coast of Lake Erie, there are a number of sandy beaches which just satisfy your inner beach bum.
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Spanning 66 kilometres on Lake Huron’s shoreline, Grand Bend boasts 20 different beach areas. Located approximately two and a half hours east of Toronto, it has gained a reputation for being a popular summer nightlife destination. With plenty of local patios, bars and restaurants, visitors can relax during the day and continue partying well into the night.
Only a short drive off of the 401, Cobourg Beach is ideal for city dwellers looking for a day trip away from the 6ix. The beach stretches along Lake Ontario and features a boardwalk perfect for those romantic summer strolls. It’s proximity to the city of Cobourg allow visitors to experience the local history, culture and dining of the area.
Arguably one of the better known beaches in Ontario, Sauble Beach is found in Bruce County off the shores of Lake Huron. The main street is lined with local shops and restaurants, including a new outdoor market slated to open late June. It’s a popular destination for fishers, as there are daily tours to The Fishing Islands, a group of over 70 dolomite islands in Lake Huron.
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Sandbanks Provincial Park
Located in Prince Edward County, Sandbanks Provincial Park features three widespread beaches. Outlet Beach, which is found along the coast of Lake Ontario, is a popular spot for families because of its shallow waters and gentle drop off. Sandbanks also boasts the world’s largest baymouth barrier dune formation. Since the beach is located within the park, it’s perfect for those looking to explore walking trails, dunes and wetland habitats in the area.
Turkey Point is a beachfront community along the shores of Lake Erie. The beach itself is located within Turkey Point Provincial Park. It stretches over two kilometres and is a favourite among families with young children. Because of its shallow waters it is said to have some of the warmest waters. The park is also the only provincial park to feature a golf course, for those who’d prefer to play a few rounds.