After months of cold and gloomy weather, who isn’t ready to start planning out their summer? No need to travel far either, as Ontario has some of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches that will make you feel as if you’re away on vacation.
We rounded up the top 8 beaches in Ontario you need to visit this summer:
Grand Bend Beach is known to be one of the best beaches in Ontario and also is home to one of the cleanest lakes. Grand Bend is located in Lambton Shores, the southern end of Lake Huron. There is so much more to do than suntanning as you can find water activities such as parasailing, fishing and so much more. You’ll love the lively atmosphere with many restaurants and patios near the beach as well.
Sauble Beach, located on the shores of Lake Huron, is not only rated as one of the top 10 beaches in Ontario, but it is also Canada’s #1 freshwater beach. It is also the second-longest freshwater beach in the WORLD. It boasts 7 miles of beautiful white sand as well as the best sunset views. There are endless fun activities to do too, such as shopping, going to restaurants, golfing and so much more!
You’d think you were in the tropics at this Ontario beach getaway. Located in the Saugeen Shores township in Bruce County, Southhampton Beach is known for its beautiful scenery and vibrant beach life. This beach stretches four kilometres long and the water is relatively shallow and warm! It is also one of Canada’s rare dune ecosystems which consists of white sand. Not to mention the water is a deep, beautiful turquoise blue- which will definitely make you feel like you’re away on vacation.
A favourite beach among Canadians, Cobourg Beach is located on the shores of Lake Ontario and is only an hour and a half drive from Toronto. It’s the perfect beach for families who have small children with its family-friendly atmosphere. Families are guaranteed to have a great time with all the fun activities available such as splash pads, monkey bars and a beach canteen for quick and easy snacks. One of the best parts about this beach is that it is one of the best dog-friendly beaches in Ontario!
Located in Port Stanley, Ontario in a town on Lake Erie, this beach has been awarded the Blue Flag status for cleanliness and high water quality. Not only is the water beautiful and warm there are lots of food selections, covered picnic areas and lifeguard patrols to ensure everyone’s safety. Port Stanley Beach is rarely ever crowded so you’ll get to lay under the sun and relax for as long as you’d like.
Goderich is a town located in Lake Huron and there are not one but three beautiful beaches to check out: The Main Beach, St. Christopher’s Beach and Rotary Cove Beach, making it one of the best beaches to go see in Ontario. Added bonus: All three beaches have shallow waters making it not only safe for children but great for walking in the water to cool off this summer!
Known to have some of the best beaches in Canada, Tobermory is a must-see this summer! Located at the top of the Bruce Peninsula, Tobermory is an area mixed with rocky grottos and beautiful, deep turquoise blue water. There are endless sites to see and is one of the best destinations for fun adventures in Ontario. Pro-tip: Take the short ferry ride over to discover Flower Pot Island where the tall rocks are shaped like flower pots!
North Beach is a hidden gem located in Prince Edward County. One of the most unique attributes about North Beach is that there are two beaches in one. On one side of the strip are the blue waters of Lake Ontario and on the other side are the clean and warm waters of North Bay. It is a beautiful beach that will make you feel like you are on the Caribbean Islands and who wouldn’t want to feel like they are away on a beach destination while only a couple of hours away from home?