Ontario's Complete Guide to Summertime Fun

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JULY 14, 2016

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Grab sunscreen and a towel and enjoy Ontario’s beaches now!

Somehow, when we think of beaches, we think of Florida or the Caribbean, but never of Ontario. We are all wrong! Ontario has some spectacular beaches that rival those found anywhere. While some beaches are soft and sandy, others are a bit rockier. Agate Beach on Lake Superior is even covered with agates. While we just mention a few standout beaches below, there are so many more – check out the full list in our Parks and Beaches category on Summer Fun Guide. Just beach responsibly! Slather on the sunscreen, use a buddy system in the water, and consume alcohol in moderation and only where allowed.  Enjoy summer!

Long Point, Lake Erie

article1_july142016.jpgThe Long Point peninsula on Lake Erie is about 40 km long, of which 1.5km is beach. It has gorgeous sand dunes and sand spit formations and is one of North America’s largest bird and waterfowl migration and staging areas, so bring your binoculars with your bathing suit. It was designated a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1986 and is currently being promoted as one of Ontario’s Amazing Places, and that it is!

Tobermory – Georgian Bay, Ontario

article2_july142016.jpgTobermory has a bunch of beaches, some of which are part of Bruce Peninsula National Park. From Singing Sands’ gorgeous sandy beach, to Indian Cove’s rocky one, the area has several options and is a great place for people who like to hike too. If you’re not the sitting on a beach type and would prefer to be in the water, this area also boasts an underwater national park, with 22 shipwrecks at Fathom Five, and is a big draw for scuba enthusiasts!.

Grand Bend Beach, Lake Huron

article3_july142016.jpgGrand Bend sits on 66km of Lake Huron's waters from Bayfield to Ipperwash. It has 20+ beaches, including Grand Bend's Main Beach, which is designated as a Blue Flag Beach, which means it has passed stringent international standards for water quality, environmental management, and safety and services. After your swim, plan to hang out as there is great nightlife at its restaurants and clubs.

Sandbanks, Prince Edward County

article4_july142016.jpgIf you are looking for sand, look no further! This is the world’s largest baymouth barrier dune formation and many say that its 3 sandy beaches may be the best in Canada. If you are coming with smaller kids, check out Outlet Beach as it has shallow waters and gentle drop off that are perfect for little guys. It is also a bird migration hotspot in spring and fall.

Agawa Bay, Lake Superior

article5_july142016.jpgLake Superior Provincial Park sits along the shore of Lake Superior - the largest lake in the world. The park’s shoreline is varied, with features ranging from the 200m high cliffs of Old Woman Bay to Agawa Bay’s 3 km long beach. What is particularly great about this park is that the Trans Canada runs through a good chunk of it, meaning that access to waterfalls, lakes, beaches, trails and picnic areas is easy.

 
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Sugar Beach, Toronto

article6_july142016.jpgToronto’s Sugar Beach is a relatively new, cool park that emerged when a parking lot was transformed into an urban beach at the water’s edge. Named for its proximity to the Redpath Sugar Factory, the park has 3 parts – the beach, a plaza space and a tree-lined promenade running diagonally through the park. Known for its bright pink beach umbrellas and candy-striped rock outcroppings, the beach also has a water feature embedded in a granite maple leaf to cool you off. Visitors can enjoy the beach and the Toronto skyline simultaneously, a rarity for a beach visit!

Featured Events

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Kemptville Live Music Festival

Grab a friend or 2 and head down to Kemptville for 3 fabulous days of music, food, camping, shopping & fun! Shows by world-renowned artists include Blue Rodeo, Colin James, Bruce Cockburn, The Five Man Electrical Band, Sean McCann of Great Big Sea, Crystal Shawanda, Tom Lavin & The Legendary Powder Blues Band. What a great line-up of talent!

July 22-24, 2016
Kemptville, ON (Ottawa Region)

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Kapuskasing Lumberjack Heritage Festival

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to throw an axe or power up a chainsaw? Well, now’s your chance! Join the fun at the Lumberjack Heritage Festival where you can watch incredibly talented lumberjacks and even try it yourself if you dare! They also have live entertainment, fireworks, a rodeo, kids’ shows and more. Fun for everyone.

July 22-24, 2016
Kapuskasing (Northern Ont)

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Mount Forest Fireworks Festival

Join the fun at a 3 day Fireworks Festival! See over 500 classic cars on the main street, try out the amusements, let the kids have fun in the Kids’ zone, watch live entertainment shows, enjoy delicious food and more!  And, of course, don’t miss the spectacular Fireworks Finale!

July 15-17, 2016
Mount Forest (Southwestern Ontario)

Featured REGION: Cornwall & the Counties

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Cornwall & the Counties has something for everyone. Whether you like conservation areas, beautiful scenery, cycling, beaches, golf, fishing, culture, theatre, shopping or fine dining, you’ll find it all in this region. Thousands of kilometers of cycle routes, world-class festivals, live theatre and some of the best shore diving around make for a region that begs to be explored!

 

ONLY IN ONTARIO

Only in Ontario

onlyin-ontario_july142016.jpgOntario boasts the longest freshwater beach in the world. Wasaga Beach is 14km of gorgeous sand spanning 6 provincial parks. It has several distinct beach sections, which range from a young “party beach” along Wasaga’s main drag to a quieter family beach and everything in between. By the way, Ontario has the second longest freshwater beach too - Sauble Beach, on Lake Huron is 12 km long.

Print Edition 2016

img11.jpgThe NEW & updated edition of Summer Fun Guide is NOW available at ONroute centres, Yogurtys Froyo stores & other locations around Ontario. Pick up your FREE copy or email [email protected] to have one mailed to you.

 
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