Southern Georgian Bay is full of incredible beaches and picturesque views. Here are some of my favourite beaches in the area, highlighting their unique amenities and natural features that make them a must-visit for beach enthusiasts! So grab your sunscreen and towel as we embark on a journey to discover the stunning beaches of Southern Georgian Bay!
Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
Wasaga Beach is located on the southern tip of Georgian Bay; as the longest freshwater beach in the world, the beach stretches over 14 kilometres. The park includes 6 designated swimming areas, picnic spots and walking trails. There are several parking lots throughout the park, parking fees are dependent on the time of year, ranging from $5 to $20 per vehicle. There are also some municipal town parking lots located nearby the beaches. Parking lots closest to the main beach area tend to fill up quickly during the peak summer months, so it is advised to arrive early! Wasaga Beach Provincial Park is an accessible park featuring accessible parking spaces, ramps to the beach area as well as wheelchair-accessible Mobi-Mats at each Beach Area 1-5 for all to enjoy the beach! Wasaga Beach also offers Mobi-Chair Floating Wheelchairs & Wheelez SandCruiser All Terrain Wheelchairs on a first come, first served borrowed basis. These chairs can be borrowed from the Provincial Park office located at 11-22nd Street or the Nancy Island Welcome Centre located at 119 Mosley Street. There are washroom facilities throughout the park. Dogs are not permitted on the main Beach Area 1 between May 15th – September 15th however, there is a designated dog beach at Beach Area 3 where dogs are welcome year-round!
Sunset Point Beach Park
Nestled along the shores of Collingwood, Sunset Point Beach Park provides a tranquil escape with breathtaking sunset views! This family-friendly beach offers a rocky shoreline. The park features many picnic areas, a recently renovated playground as well as shaded spots among the trees for those seeking respite from the sun. Don’t miss the opportunity to capture stunning photographs as the sun dips below the horizon! This beach also has a small onsite food building that offers Kawartha Dairy ice cream and a few options for a quick bite to eat for lunch! There is limited parking at Sunset Point Beach Park and it must be paid through the Hotspot App, local residents can apply for a parking pass through the same app. Sunset Point also features accessible parking and walkways leading to the beach, ensuring ease of access for individuals with mobility needs. There are two sets of washroom facilities along the park for visitors’ convenience.
For windsurfing and kiteboarding enthusiasts, Northwindes Beach is in the town of The Blue Mountains along Highway 26 West. This beach benefits from some fairly consistent winds, providing ideal conditions for watersports. Parking is limited so it is advisable to arrive early to secure a spot. There are washroom facilities at this beach. This beach is great for sand castle building and it’s stunning views of Craigleith Island and Georgian Bay!
Craigleith Provincial Park
Craigleith Provincial Park showcases the natural beauty of the Southern Georgian Bay area wonderfully. It is known for its unique pebble shoreline and provides visitors with opportunities for swimming, picnicking, birdwatching & even camping! A great place to enjoy panoramic views of Georgian Bay. Craigleith Provincial Park provides designated parking areas for day visitors, the daily parking fee is $15 or if you have an annual Ontario Parks permit, it’s free!
Located in the town of Thornbury, Christie Beach is a hidden gem that offers a peaceful escape from the crowds. With its pebble beach and shallow waters, it’s perfect for leisurely walks and dipping your toes in the water. Pack a picnic and enjoy a quiet afternoon surrounded by nature. Unfortunately due to its quaintness, there are no designated washroom facilities and limited parking. During peak summer months, you will likely find portable washrooms. Dogs are allowed on the beach but are asked to be kept on leashes at all times!
Fred Raper Park
Fred Raper Park located in the charming small town of Meaford, offers a family-friendly beach along the western shore of Southern Georgian Bay. With its sandy beaches, shallow waters, designated swimming areas and nearby playground park it’s a great place to enjoy with smaller children. Dogs are allowed to enjoy your beach day with you but are asked to remain on a leash at all times. The park also features picnic facilities and shaded areas, making it a great place to spend a fun-filled day by the water. Parking is limited but located along the shores. There are also washroom facilities available!
The Southern Georgian Bay Area is a treasure trove of stunning beaches, each with its unique amenities and natural features. From the expansive shores of Wasaga Beach to the tranquil ambiance of Christie Beach, there truly is something for everyone. Now you’re all set to plan your next beach day!