ON Bucket List: The Best Beaches To Visit In Ontario This Summer


One of the best things about living (and visiting) in Ontario is that you’re never too far from a beach.

With many of our large towns and cities located on the shores of the lakes and rivers that meander through the province, finding a sandy spot to dip your toes in may be closer than you think. To make the most of the hot summer days ahead, here are some of our favorite beaches in Ontario to explore.

Be sure to plan ahead, as some require reservations.

Big turn

Traveling to Big turn looks more like a Florida beach town than Ontario. The main beach is known for its pristine white sands, Blue Flag status, beachfront boutiques and motels which provide the perfect escape for your weekend getaway.

Southwestern Ontario

Cobourg Beach

Cobourg Beach is the perfect location for a day trip within an hour and a half of Toronto. Victoria Park Beach is just steps from the main strip of Lake Ontario. For family travelers, there is also a wading pool open seasonally to enjoy.


Two Rivers Lake Beach

the Picnic area and beach at Lac des Deux-Rivières is a central location for campers and day trippers visiting Algonquin Park. If a backcountry portage isn’t your idea of ​​getting away from it all, enjoy a day on the shores of the lake just off the Frank MacDougall Parkway.

Sandbanks Provincial Park

After a day exploring the vineyards of Prince Edward County, take off your swimsuit and visit the seaside town Sandbanks Provincial Park. This park is home to the world’s largest Baymouth barrier dune formation that flows into Lake Ontario.

Destination Ontario

Wasaga Beach

Wasaga Beach is best known for its many shops, bars and outlets that line the longest freshwater beach in the world. This bustling spot is a popular option for Torontonians, located just under two hours from the city if traffic is good. For those looking to make it a weekend getaway, book your stay at one of the many beachfront cottage campgrounds close to the water.

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Presqu’île Provincial Park

There are over 2.5 km of sandy beach shoreline at Presqu’île Provincial Park to take a dip or cool off after a hike on the trails. For the perfect Instagram shot, snap a photo of the second oldest operating lighthouse in Ontario.

Crystal beach

Bay Beach, also known as Crystal Beach, was once a major tourist spot in Ontario and was home to the Crystal Beach Amusement Park which operated from 1888 to 1989. Today the Crystal Beach Tennis & Yacht Club is held in its place with public access to the beach. and the waters of Lake Erie.

Wabuno Beach

Waubuno Beach in Parry Sound is the perfect sandy beach on the Georgian Bay shoreline. This beach is a popular option for traveling families due to the waterfront playground, restrooms, changing rooms, and free parking.

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