If you’ve lived in Toronto during the summer, then you already know that getting a stunning beach picture is basically a rite of passage. Not only are sandy expenses beautiful, but they are always the perfect backdrop for a good old photo op.
Lucky for you, you don’t actually have to go that far. Sure, Bali would be nice, but there’s a ton of photogenic spots right here in our own backyard. Take a look at 9 picture-worthy beaches you didn’t know were so close to Toronto below, and get one for the gram!
Located in the Bruce Peninsula, many would call Sauble Beach the OG of beaches. The sandy stretch goes on for over 10 kms giving you ample opportunity to snap the shot to end all Instagram beach shots. Not to mention the little beach town on Main St. is cute AF and has some fun shopping and delicious eats.
If your idea of a staycation is hitting up Prince Edward County for some wineries, why not add Sandbanks beach into the mix. Located in Sandbanks Provincial Park, the gorgeous main beach and Dune Beach are open for day use. Pro tip: the sunsets here are AH-MAZING, especially if you’ve brought a bottle of vino.
Long Point Beach
Nature junkies, take note: Long Point Beach is the place for you! The 40 km long sandspit is so unique that it’s been recognized as a UNESCO World biosphere reserve – it honestly almost feels like you’re in the tropics. Along with an abundant collection of wildlife, the magnificent beach is also made wheelchair and stroller accessible with mats.UNESCO World Biosphere Res
Grand Bend Beach
As DJ Khaled would say, “Another one…” Just like Sauble Beach, Grand Bend is another OG when it comes to magnificent beaches. If it isn’t on your beach bum bucket-list, then you’re not doing it right. Not only is does it have all the beach amenities you can dream of like shopping and dining, but it’s also one of Ontario’s cleanest beaches.
Port Burwell Beach
Port Burwell Beach, located on Lake Erie’s north shore, is also a clean freak just like Long Point Beach (they both have Blue Flag certifications for water quality). Along with the gorgeous sandy beach, Port Burwell is also great if you’re looking to do some activities. The park features a cold-war era submarine, a marine museum, a historic lighthouse, and two marinas. Time to go exploring!!!
Cobourg is an awesome beach to day-trip to if you’re not an early riser – it’s only an hour away from Toronto so you can still seize the day even if you wake up at 11:00 am. Scenic views and a boardwalk are framed by bright white sands, and the beach has also been made accessible with mats. We also can’t forget about the beach canteen and Freakin Rican Food Truck.
The Elora Gorge is another beach destination that’s only about an hour away from the city. If you’re a sun seeker and your heart is set on the beach, head to the Quarry part for all your sunbathing needs. If you’re more of thrill seeker, on the other hand, the Quarry also has cliffs for jumping and the Gorge offers tubing down the Grand River too!
And last but not least, Kelso Beach is the perfect outlet for the laziest of beach seekers. Located approximately 40 minutes away, the man-made lake is framed by the Escarpment making for a very picturesque backdrop. Since the lake is smaller and fairly sheltered it’s also perfect for swimming and paddle boarding, not to mention you can get a good hike in at Halton Conservation while you’re at it.