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8 Gorgeous Ontario Beach Towns Worth Hitting Up This Summer

8 Gorgeous Ontario Beach Towns Worth Hitting Up This Summer

Posted by PanamericanWorld on May 23, 2016

When it comes to Ontario summer road trips, sometimes there’s no better option than a beach town – especially ones that sit just a couple of hours from the city grind.

Sure, they’re not all like The Hamptons. But the beaches are definitely stunning and offer plenty of like-worthy social media material.

If you’re in the market for a good, old-fashioned beach town weekend, these are your best options.

1. Grand Bend

Located on the shores of Lake Huron in Southern Ontario.

Info: Grand Bend has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s best beach towns – especially among young people. The beach is famous for both its sand dunes and stunning sunsets (some of the best in Canada). The vibrant town isn’t just about the beach, either. Featuring a classic movie-like Main Street, it’s filled with shops, restaurants and bars. Nearby, you’ll find Pineries Provincial Park, along with hiking trails, museums, art galleries and the Huron Country Playhouse (Grand Bend serves as the region’s cultural hub).


2. Picton

Where: Located in Prince Edward County in South Eastern Ontario.

Info: Picton, the home of the famous Sandbanks Beaches, offers a more refined beach town vibe in the summer compared to some of the university student-filled alternatives. Three sandy beaches found within the Sandbanks Provincial Park, complete with the famous sand dunes, are a major draw. Not only is the charming town picturesque and quaint, you can spend an afternoon at some of Ontario’s finest wineries. Of course, the region offers no shortage of cute bed and breakfast spots, and just a short drive away is The Drake Devonshire.


3. Wasaga Beach

Where: Located at Nottawasaga Bay (southern part of Georgian Bay) just east of Collingwood.

Info: Back in the day, Wasaga Beach used to be known as lowbrow… and maybe it still is. But it’s a lot of beach – it’s the longest freshwater beach in the world, with 14 kilometres of sandy beach – and a lot of hard-partying fun. One thing it isn’t is quiet; more than two million people visit the area each summer, filling its famous boardwalk. If you haven’t been for awhile, don’t expect it to look the same: after a 2007 fire, the main street has been rebuilt and revamped. Aside from swimming and beach volleyball, you can also hike (the Blue Mountain Caves are nearby), cycle, fish and sail.


4. Sauble Beach

Where: On the eastern shore of Lake Huron in the town of South Bruce Peninsula, Bruce County in Southwestern Ontario.

Info: The resort community is home to the second largest freshwater beach in the world after Wasaga Beach. A unique feature of the 11 kilometre-long beach is the sandbar deposits along the shoreline that make the water shallow and warm – perfect for Victoria Day Weekend. Activities include golf, tennis, beach volleyball, windsurfing and fishing.


Photo – Sauble Beach

5. Long Point

Where: In Norfolk County, on the North Shore of Lake Erie near the town of Port Rowan

Info: Your best beach experience in Long Point is found at Long Point Provincial Park. Long Point’s scenic 40 kilometre-long beach is part of a UNESCO designated World Biosphere Reserve, an area protected because of its unique wildlife and ecology. The population in the Town of Long Point grows to about 5,000 in the summer, and greets about 100,000 visitors a year. The area is home to many restaurants, shops and an assortment of farmers’ markets, with plenty of rental cottages and campsites to spend the night.


6. Port Stanley

Located in the municipality of Central Elgin, Elgin Country, on the north shore of Lake Eerie, on the mouth of Kettle Creek.

Info: Port Stanley remains a bustling beach town in the summer months, but also gives off a the quaint feel of a charming fishing village. The town is known for its colourful and photo-worthy architecture. The downtown area is filled with a variety of restaurants, a charming ice cream parlour, and welcoming bars. Of course, the large, sandy beach remains a major draw. Aside from the beach, other attractions include a scenic bridge across Kettle Creek, marinas, restaurants, hotels, shops and the Port Stanley Festival Theatre. In terms of accommodation, you’ll find an assortment of cute inns and summer cottage rentals.


Photo – Port Stanley

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