BEST OF SUMMER: 8 Southern Ontario Beaches to Beat the Heat

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Popular choice for picnics, sunbathing and swimming, this Toronto beach along the lake is perfect for families, Woodbine has a large stretch of sand, summer lifeguards, newly renovated bathing stations and a nearby outdoor Olympic swimming pool. On Victoria Day or Canada Day, you’ll find thousands of locals watching the annual fireworks that light up the water. According to City of Torontoa beach wheelchair can be rented free of charge by calling 311 and picked up at the Donald D. Summerville Outdoor Pool.

DOVER HARBOR

Located on the shore of Lake Erie, Port Dover has a laid-back beach with a breathtaking pier. If you like to fish, take romantic walks along the beach and watch the tugboats, this is the place for you. Port Dover offers rugs for people in wheelchairs or strollers.


SAND BANK

Sandbanks Beach is located on the south side of Prince Edward County and is home to shifting sand dunes and shallow turquoise waters. From walking and biking to fishing, swimming and camping, “the county,” as locals call it, has a tropical island getaway feel and is great for families. The park entrance fee is $21 per vehicle and there are no lifeguards on any of the beaches. Wheelchairs and/or mobility devices are available free of charge or for rental and identified service animals wearing a guide dog vest are welcome. More information on Sandbanks accessibility is available here.

CRYSTAL SAND

Located on the shores of Fort Erie, Crystal Sands Beach is a hot spot in the summer. If you’re looking for a sunny beach and a lively lakeside community, this could be your destination for the weekend. Children can enjoy its soft, clean sand, ideal for digging and playing. Water sports, swimming, quaint local shops, restaurants make Crystal Beach a fun weekend getaway with family and friends. New changing rooms and toilets are fully accessible and access ramps are available.

LONG TIP

Recognized as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, the beach at Long Point Provincial Park sits on the warm waters of Lake Erie with a 40 kilometer long sand spit. Every year, birdwatchers flock to the park to watch migratory birds nesting on the point, making it one of the best birding spots in North America. The location is also popular for its fishing and boating opportunities. Long Point offers mats for the beach more accessible people in wheelchairs or strollers.

SIBBALD

Located on Lake Simcoe, Sibbald Point Provincial Park is a great destination for a family day out. The park has a sandy beach and safe shallow waters for children to enjoy in the summer. Picnic areas surrounded by grass and wooded hiking trails are just a few of Sibbald’s attractions. A boat ramp and parking are available for boaters. According Ontario Parks websiteSibbald Point Provincial Park offers washrooms at all washrooms and barrier-free showers at washrooms within the campground.

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