The 5 Best Ontario Beaches for Fun, Sun & Shopping

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Sunny days at a beach make summer even better, we all know it. From Sauble to Wasaga Beach, tucking into the sand dunes and swimming through the waves in our Great Lakes are a major key summer tradition in this fair province.

Even better, Ontario beach towns have evolved to offer more experiences than sun and sand alone. And, nothing should slow you down from having these experiences – so keep your banking more carefree, just like your summer.

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Here are the ultimate summer things we want to do at our favourite Ontario beaches this summer.

Sauble Beach

Located on the Bruce Peninsula just 26 kilometers west of Owen Sound, Sauble Beach is a spectacular 11-kilometer stretch of sand on Lake Huron, the second longest freshwater beach in Canada. Sauble Beach is one of Ontario’s original beach towns, most famous today for its old-school “Welcome to Sauble Beach” sign on Main Street and Tuesday night classic car cruise.

Where to shop: Head to local surf shops on Main Street for a pair of flip-flops, a new bikini or a pair of polarized sunglasses. 



Grand Bend

Grand Bend is one of Southern Ontario’s most famous beach towns, sometimes known as “Florida North.” The town, on Lake Huron, is a magnet for tourists and its beach is famous for its “sand dunes”. Main Street is packed full of shopping, food and clubs for nightlife after a day at the beach.

Where to shop: Be sure to check out the Grand Bend pier to find all equipment needed to try out the popular new watersport, Fly Boarding, book your jetski rentals and water tubing.

Wasaga Beach

Wasaga Beach is a destination for swimming and sunning, kayaking on the river, water skiing and boating and the famous boardwalk. In fact, people travel from all over the world to visit Wasaga Beach on the shores of Georgian Bay.

Where to shop: Mosley Street, affectionately known as “the strip,” is home to all crop-tops, pool noodles, candy, sun lotion, huge straw hats and massive towels — everything you need for an epic beachside throwdown with your friends.


Port Dover

The best part about Port Dover, especially if you live in the GTA, is that you won’t be stuck in traffic all day to get to the beach. Port Dover is only 1.5 hours from Toronto and boasts white sandy beaches and loads of water activities. Port Dover Beach is a popular spot for tourists who love to beach, people watch, listen to music and eat great food at the same time.

Where to shop: Every August, Port Dover hosts a 2-day fish fry. Call your friends, jump in the car and head to Port Dover for Fish Fest — it will really feel like summer. 

Rock Point Provincial Park

Rock Point is for people who love to camp by night and beach by day. There are four areas for camping in Rock Point: Kinsey, Niece, Minor and Lookout. The park was once the site of a paleo-Indian camp and habitats within the park include wetlands, forests and dunes. Limestone shelves along the park’s shore contain the fossilized remains of marine life from 350 Million years ago — campers go crazy for the fossils.

Where to shop: Plan a weekend trip to Rock Point and bring your debit card for the Park Store where you can pick up classic camping snacks like hot dogs, hamburgers, fries and onion rings. You can also rent bikes for a cruising around the campgrounds in the sun. 


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