Stunning Ontario Sandy Beaches to Visit This Summer

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It’s not summer without a trip to the beach! While much of Ontario’s cottage country is characterized by rocky, tree-dense shorelines, it’s also home to gorgeous sandy beaches that are worth building an entire vacation there. Whether you’re planning a resort-style getaway or a camping trip to a remote area, these sandy Ontario beaches are worth adding to your bucket list.

Beach at Sandbanks Provincial Park in Picton, Ontario.

It’s all in the name! Year after year, this provincial park’s spectacular Main Beach draws visitors from across the province and beyond. If the main beach is too crowded for your taste, there is also Dunes Beach, a wonderful stretch of nature in the famous sand dunes. Do you have furry friends with you? Outlet Beach, not far from the main beach, is dog-friendly. Keep in mind that sandbanks is one of the Ontario Parks that requires visitors to have a vehicle permit, which means you must book and pay for a seat before your arrival. If you enter the park on foot or while camping, you generally do not need a permit.

Boiler Beach in Kincardine, Ontario.

If you’re looking for a sandy beach in Ontario that blends in with unique local history, Boiler range is a great option. Located in the charming town of Kincardine, this sandy beach is home to an old Great Lakes steamer known as the Erie Belle, which rises out of the water just yards from shore. The Steamer crashed on the rocks of this beach in November 1883 and remains there as a landmark. Boiler is relatively quiet compared to the other beaches on this list, so if you’re looking for both adventure and more relaxing vibes, this is a good choice. There are seasonal toilets nearby, but not much else in the way of facilities, so pack everything you’ll need for the day.

Sauble Beach in Sauble Beach, Ontario.

As the second longest freshwater beach in the world, Sauble Beach is a sandy beach nestled near a charming town straight out of a quaint summer movie. This area is technically part of the Bruce Peninsula, so a vacation here offers plenty to do, like exploring the famous Blue Grotto or the many hikes which offer views of the crystal clear waters of Lake Ontario. If you’re spending the day in Sauble, be sure to check out some beachside favorites like Sola’s Grill and the historic Crowd Inn hot dog stand.

Pancake Bay Provincial Park in Batchawana Bay, Ont.

Located along a historic canoe route, pancake berry is a beautiful three kilometer strip of sandy beach on the shores of Lake Superior. If you’re looking for somewhere less crowded, Pancake Bay is a great choice. It’s right off Highway 17, so it’s worth keeping in mind if you’re traveling, as you can camp in the park and there are motels and lodges nearby. No lifeguard is on the beach and pets are not allowed, so be prepared and safe – sudden weather changes are common in this area.

Beach at Pinery Provincial Park in Grand Bend, Ontario.

National Geographic once included Pine forest on a list of the best sunsets in the world, so plan this if you must. Located on the shores of Lake Huron in an area of ​​unique biodiversity, this sandy beach stretches over 10 kilometers in length. There are many hiking and biking trails in Pinery, and it’s great for camping. Since the park is near Grand Bend (a popular destination), there are plenty of accommodation options nearby for you to use as a base.

Wasaga Beach in Wasaga, Ontario.

You can’t have a list of sandy beaches in Ontario without including Wasaga. This long-loved destination is perfect for relaxing by the water and enjoying the splendor of southern Ontario’s nature at its best. It is the longest freshwater beach in the world. There are many accommodation options depending on the type of trip you want, from several campgrounds to resort-style accommodations, like Bayfront Beach Resort or Edgewater Cottages.

Ipperwash Beach near Grand Bend, Ont.

Those familiar with Grand Bend know how crowded it gets every summer, leaving some tourists looking for a quieter place to sit and relax…this is where Ipperwash comes in. Located just south of Grand Bend with plenty of hiking trails and a charming little village nearby, this serene spot is worth a visit. The surrounding area consists mostly of owned or rented cottages, so parts of the beach are technically on private property; pay attention to signage and stay in public areas.

Nickel Beach in Port Colbourne, Ontario.

Looking at pictures of Nickel Beach, you might be scratching your head at the cars parked right by the shore. However, it’s all part of the unique experience of this Port Colbourne-area beach, where locals typically drive up, open trunks, and set up their space for the day. Be sure to be nature-friendly here – the beach has closed in the past due to litter being left behind. In order to keep this place fun for everyone, leave the beach as you found it.

Port Stanley Beach on Lake Erie, Ont.

If you look quickly at the photos of Port Stanley Beach, you might think it’s somewhere like California or Florida, with the pristine sands and charming seaside homes in the background. We are lucky to have it here on the shores of Lake Erie. This beach stands out for its water quality certification and the special mats to help those with accessibility requirements to enjoy the beach. Although no longer a hidden gem, Port Stanley Beach is definitely worth a visit or an entire vacation.

Batchawana Bay in Batchawana Bay, Ont.

People in Northern Ontario know it as a beloved spot that opens up to breathtaking views of Lake Superior. Not far from the aforementioned Pancake Bay, swimming at Batchawana Bay is also great, thanks to the water being a little warmer than on many other beaches. It is also well suited for camping, canoeing and other summer activities. If you like fishing, you will find rainbow trout, walleye and even salmon among the possible catches.

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