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Beaches of Ontario’s Four Season Playground – South Georgian Bay

Beyond the ski hills of South Georgian Bay are some of Ontario’s most pristine freshwater beaches. Stretching from Meaford to Wasaga Beach are numerous beaches where you can canoe, kayak, swim, stroll the shores of Georgian Bay or simply enjoy the sunshine.

Listed below are the beaches and amenities at each area to make planning your day at a South Georgian Bay beach easier.

Wasaga Beach

With over 14kms of white sand beach, Wasaga Beach has long been hailed one of Ontario’s premier tourist destinations. Here you can swim in shallow, warm, clean waters and enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains across the bay. Wasaga Beaches # 1, 2 & 5 are the first provincial park beaches in Canada to be awarded the “Blue Flag” designation for its clean, accessible beaches. For more information on this high safety standards eco-certification please visit Blue Flag. Because of its size, Wasaga Beach has been divided into six smaller beaches, as well as New Wasaga Beach, that has been divided off by beaches 1-6 by the Nottawasaga River. Further north is Allenwood Beach.

  • Beach Area 1 is the 1 busiest section with boat launch, swimming, bike paths, events, boardwalk, fishing platforms, shops, restaurants and bars overlooking Georgian Bay.
  • BeachArea2–swimming, boardwalk, picnic areas, bike paths, playground, parking. Nancy Island Historic Museum is on Mosley Street and 3rd Street N at Beach Area 2.
  • BeachArea3–swimming, picnic areas, bike paths, parking, temporary dog friendly beach area and office for Wasaga Beach Provincial Park.
  • BeachArea4–swimming, picnic areas, playground, bikepaths, parking. This is a quieter area.
  • BeachArea5–swimming, picnic areas, bike paths, parking, playground, washrooms.
  • BeachArea6–swimming, picnic areas, parking, washrooms.
  • New Wasaga Beach–swimming, parking washrooms.
  • Allenwood Beach–swimming, parking washrooms.

Collingwood

Sunset Point Beach – Collingwood

Boasting the best fries in town, Sunset Point Beach is in Collingwood’s east end just off Pretty River Parkway. It features a rock beach and large green space for biking or walking, Adjacent is Enviro-Park – an eco-themed playground enjoyed by young families.

  • Amenities include: Pavilion, green space, trails, Enviro-Park, snack bar, picnic area, washrooms, free parking,
  • Address: 79 St Lawrence St, Collingwood

Harbourlands & Millenium Park, Collingwood

This pristine park has no beach offering but is a popular place to jump off the pier into Georgian Bay. It is part of a vast waterfront area that include the Collingwood terminals. It offers both paved and natural trails for biking and walking.

  • Amenities include: public boat launch, pet friendly, trails, picnic area, washrooms
  • Address: 2 Water St. Collingwood

Craigleith

Northwinds Beach – The Blue Mountains

Located across from the Heritage Depot in Craigleith on Highway 26, Northwinds Beach is a beautiful sandy beach. Located onsite is a non-motorized watercraft rental kiosk making this area a popular spot for kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding. Paddle board excursions to Mary Ward Shipwrecks are offered by Eagle Adventures and Free Spirit Tours and Blue Surf offers paddle lessons.

  • Amenities include: Sandy beach, green space, playground, boat launch, parking, snack bar, pet friendly, picnic area, non-motorized boat rentals, swimming, shade and walking distance to stores and coffee shop
  • Address: 209425-209601 Highway 26, The Blue Mountains

Council Beach – The Blue Mountains ( Camperdown)

With views of the ski hills and Georgian Bay, this sandy pebble beach also offers swing sets, picnic tables and a portable toilet.

  • Amenities include: Waterfront, picnic tables, swing set, pet friendly, parking and washroom
  • Address: 105 Lakewood Dr, The Blue Mountains

Thornbury

Little River Beach Park – Thornbury

This pebble beach waterfront park is extremely popular with beach goers. It features a playground and a pier that is a great place to jump off into Georgian Bay. It is located within walking distance of the downtown Thornbury shopping area.

  • Amenities include: Pebble waterfront, playground, picnic tables, pier access, greenspace and washrooms
  • Address: 4 Harbour St, Thornbury

Bayview Park – Thornbury

This family & pet friendly park features a pebble beach & playground. It is one of Thornbury’s favourite picnic areas because of its large covered pavilion and beautiful greenspaces. It is ideal for large family reunions, weddings and social gatherings.

  • Amenities include: Green space, trails, pavilion, picnic tables, playground, shuffleboard court, tennis courts, volleyball courts, washrooms & parking
  • Address: 106 Bay St E, Thornbury

Lora Bay Beach – Thornbury

This sandy beach is located within a cove for protected swimming, kayaking and paddling, It is a small quiet beach just past the Lora Bay Golf Club

  • Amenities include: Pet friendly, sandy beach, picnic area, parking and washrooms
  • Address: 373 Sunset Blvd, Thornbury

Christie Beach – Meaford to Thornbury off Highway 26

Boasting an incredible view of Georgian Bay’s natural landscape is this quiet, sandy beach. It features shallow water that is perfect for families and young children. The beach stretches from Meaford to Thornbury at the end of Christie Beach Rd

  • Amenities include: change rooms, washrooms, a playground with picnic area, parking and is pet friendly
  • Address: 101 Sunset Blvd, Thornbury

Meaford

Memorial Park – Meaford

A picturesque park & campground, Memorial Park, features 468 metres of beach with a ton of amenities. It features ample free parking, a pet friendly environment with a portion of the beach dedicated to dogs, picnic areas with a snack bar and 135 fully serviced campsites.

  • Further amenities include: Mini golf course, playground area, two pavilion shelters, woodland walking trails & sand beach
  • Address: 179 Grant Ave, Meaford

Fred Raper Park – Meaford

Minutes from Meaford’s downtown district is this smooth pebble beach. It is the hub of waterfront activities and features a wooden ship play structure with swings on one of the two public beach areas.

  • Amenities include: Playground, gazebo, picnic tables, free parking and washrooms
  • Address: 207 Bayfield St, Meaford

David Johnson Park – Meaford

Adjacent to the Marina in Meaford, is David Johnson Park. This quiet beach features a mobi- matt allowing those with mobility challenges to access this waterfront location.

  • Address: 125 Fuller St, Meaford

McCarroll Park and Beach – Meaford

Located next to the Meaford Museum, McCarroll Park features a splash pad, picnic area, washrooms, a beautiful green space and parking

  • Address: 210 Parker St E, Meaford

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