Summer weekends were made for road trips, and where better to head to than the beach? Whether you prefer to lay out under the sun or take a dip in the water, there’s something here in Ontario for everybody. While we have a few beaches here in Toronto, if you’re looking to get out of the city, lucky for you, there are plenty of waterside escapes only a few hours from TO!
With a few located right here in Toronto, to some excellent options for a quick beach getaway out of the city, here are 15 of the best beaches
Just a stones throw away from Woodbine Beach is Kew-Balmy Beach and it’s much more secluded and private than it’s more-famous neighbour. In addition to being quiet, it’s also closer to the water with areas that are perfect for lounging.
Darlington Provincial Park
This Bowmanville beach is just under an hour away from Toronto, but it’s quiet and secluded enough to make you feel like you’re in a whole new world. Bonus: the beach has an abundance of flat, black stones that are perfect for skipping.
Marie Curtis Park Beach
Known as being one of Toronto’s most underrated gems is Marie Curtis Beach Park. Though this beach doesn’t have a long stretch of sand, it’s definitely a change of pace from the busier beaches in the city.
Cobourg Beach, Cobourg
April and May showers mean they’re might be a little less beach to go around, but Cobourg Beach is still a solid choice for city dwellers looking for a taste of small town life. If you can, make plans to head down for the August long weekend for the town’s annual Sandcastle Festival.
This beach on the north shore of Lake Erie is made for picnics, with plenty of tables for a shoreside feast. The water is also quite warm, so once you’ve waited the appropriate amount of time, we highly suggest a swim.
It’s practically a rite of passage for every Torontonian to visit Wasaga Beach at least once in their lives. While it can be a pretty popular destination in the summer months, it is also the longest freshwater beach in the world, meaning you’ll be sure to find a spot on the sand.
For a little taste of the Caribbean in Canada, head to Crystal Beach. With its white sand shores and warm clear water, you’ll feel completely transported – without the international travel price tag.
Port Burwell Provincial Park
If you’re more of a nature buff, this beach is the place for you. Complete with wild grass and driftwood, this place might be a little rougher around the edges but trust us, it’s worth the trek.
Named for the spectacular sand dunes that are quite rare for our part of the world, Dunes Beach is perfect for that Instagram-obsessed friend in your group. But don’t worry, this beach isn’t just pretty to look at – hiking over to the dunes will add a touch of adventure to your day trip.
Lion’s Head Beach
This small sandy beach has gorgeous views of the Niagara Escarpment and even has a farmer’s market on Saturday mornings. If you can, we’d suggest checking out the nearby Tobermory Grotto as well – its turquoise waters are mind-blowingly gorgeous.
This beach may be narrow, but it’s also quite long, with around 11 kilometres of sandy beaches to explore. In short, you’ll be sure to find a nice, quiet spot away from other tourists, if that’s what you’re after.
While a near three-hour drive is certainly not for the faint of heart, it’s certainly worth it to see one of the best beaches Ontario has to offer. Plus, if you stay for the night, you’ll have time to see the beautiful sunset over the lake.
Featured Image: Elgin Tourist
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