These 10 beaches are the best for swimming in Ontario


Ontario is an amazing beach destination, with some of the best beaches you can’t even find in the Caribbean. The region has many beautiful lakes, more than most countries in the world, so finding the safest beaches for swimming would not be difficult. In fact, Ontario is home to the two longest freshwater beaches in the world. Some of Ontario’s most awe-inspiring beaches are incredibly popular, while others are uniquely charming hidden gems. These beaches are the most suitable for swimming in Ontario.

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ten Bluffer’s Beach

Bluffer’s Beach is one of the most swimmable beaches in Ontario and won the prestigious Blue Flag Canada award in 2022. The beach meets high standards for cleanliness, safety and the environment. From the beach, vacationers can enjoy magnificent views of the Bluffs and several activities, including beach volleyball. With water quality regularly reaching over 90%, Bluffer Beach is the number one swimming spot in Ontario.

9 Wasaga Beach, Simcoe

Stretching 14 kilometres, Wasaga Beach is the longest freshwater beach in the world and easily one of Ontario’s most famous. Its location, about two hours north of Toronto and less than an hour from the Blue Mountains, makes it one of the most accessible beaches, no wonder it gets so crowded, especially on weekends. The region sees over a million holidaymakers each summer. It’s suitable for vacationers looking for the perfect party beach who don’t mind mingling.

8 Cherry Beach

First, Cherry Beach is an incredible part of Toronto’s rich history. The city worked on developing the area for years, and it was part of the waterfront redevelopment project. The improvements have made it one of the most beautiful and safest swimming beaches in Ontario. Besides swimming, travelers can kitesurf and walk around, people watch, and maybe barbecues. The Promise Cherry Beach, a popular music festival, is held on site each summer.

seven Woodbine Beach

Woodbine Beach is known to be an amazing place to sunbathe, swim and picnic, with beautiful sand, a swimming spot and lifeguards that only operate in the summer. The Donald D. Summerville Olympic Outdoor Pool is also nestled nearby. The beach bathing place has accessible toilets and beach showers equipped with a foot wash. There’s a nice playground, fitness center, beach volleyball courts, and an upscale restaurant with quality food.

6 Kew Balmy Beach, Toronto

Kew-Balmy Beach is one of Toronto’s hidden gems, stretching just over a kilometer. It may be one of Ontario’s most underrated attractions, but it’s also one of the safest beaches to swim in and won the 2022 Blue Flag award. Escape the Crowd to Wasaga Beach and enjoy a quieter environment in this beautiful stretch of sand. The atmosphere is laid back, so don’t expect fast service in hotels and restaurants.

5 Central Island Beach

Also called Manitou Beach, Center Island Beach is nestled on the opposite side of the island from the ferry terminal and is one of the most swimmable beaches in Ontario. please meet all water quality standards from 2022. The beach has calm, warmer waters that are ideal for swimming. The beach is an ideal family destination, and people can picnic in some open spaces on the beach. The place is accessible by boarding a ferry from the Toronto mainland, but the lines can be quite long in the summer.

4 Ward’s Beach, Toronto

For a more secluded beach vacation, head to Ward’s Beach for a peaceful Toronto Island experience. Here vacationers will find fewer crowds, as it is one of the least visited in Ontario. Ward’s Beach takes its name from one of the first inhabitants of the place, a fisherman who lived on the island in 1830 with his family. There are over 250 houses on the island. Travelers will find several beach chairs along the shoreline, providing the perfect relaxing spot to sit while taking in views of the city skyline.

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3 Gibraltar Point Beach, Toronto

With clean, calm, rock-free waters, Gibraltar Point Beach is one of the best swimming beaches in Ontario. Opened in 2007, this beach is one of Ontario’s newest and least crowded beaches. The beach is almost empty even during the summer holidays, which makes it a great choice for a relaxing beach holiday. As well as enjoying swimming at the beach, it’s an incredible gateway to some of the city’s most iconic attractions, including Gibraltar Point Lighthouse and the Gibraltar Center for the Arts.

2 Grand Bend Main Beach

Grand Bend Beach is another Blue Flag beach, with crystal clear waters and a beautiful sandy shoreline. Grand Bend Beach is a popular summer destination and sees thousands of tourists travel for miles to experience its magnificence. There are lifeguards, but only during the peak summer months. The beach is one of the most family-friendly places to explore with children, thanks to the many playgrounds, a wonderful promenade and plenty of shopping and dining options. Besides swimming, vacationers can also go waterskiing and parasailing.

1 Port Stanley Main Beach

Located on the north shore of Lake Erie, Port Stanley’s Main Beach is one of Ontario’s most gorgeous sandy beaches with Blue Flag status. The beach has amazing facilities, including mats to make it accessible even to vacationers in wheelchairs and strollers. The beach has a fantastic history dating back to the 17th century, when it was one of the main stops and landing points for many legendary explorers, including Port Stanley.


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