Georgian Bay Beaches
Go ahead and explore the many beaches of South Georgian Bay
There’s no better way to spend a summer day than by spending a day at the beach. Lucky for us, this region is home to many beaches along the sandy shores of Georgian Bay.
Whether you prefer to lounge on the beach, splash in the waves, or try out a water sport, you will love spending time at one of these Georgian Bay beaches.
Ainslie Wood Conservation Area
Located at the far west end of the Municipality of Meaford, Ainslie Wood is on the shores of Georgian Bay, just north of Leith. Boasting 523 metres of beautiful, untouched cobble beach, a picnic area, a nature trail, and visitor parking.
David Johnson Park
The park includes accessible enhancements including a mobi matt to get those with mobility challenges to the waterfront.
Hibou Conservation Area
Hike, fish, swim, ski or snowshoe at one of Meaford’s largest natural conservation areas. Hibou is 108 hectare day-use facility overlooking the beautiful waters of Georgian Bay featuring a sand beach, pavilions and 2.5 km of hiking trails.
Memorial Park, Meaford
With more than 2000 feet of sandy beach, Memorial Park offers beachside camping alongside Georgian Bay. The picnic pavilion and snack bar has seating for larger gatherings and you can challenge your friends and family to a game of mini golf.
McCarroll Park & Beach
The heart of family fun in Meaford. Enjoy the Apple Splash Pad, playground equipment, newly renovated public washrooms and picnic areas. Just across the road is a small, shaded, sandy beach, perfect for playing in. Next door is the Meaford Museum.
Fred Raper Park
Named after one of Meaford’s founding settlers, Fred’s park is a hub of waterfront activity minutes from Meaford’s Downtown Heritage District. Watch the waterfront from a bench or gazebo, dip your toes into the water along the smooth pebble beach, or drop your line in to fish along the shore.
Leith Beach is a small beach located in the hamlet of Leith not far from the boyhood home of renowed artist, Tom Thomson. It’s easy to see how the views from this beach inspired a young Tom Thomson as he would have spent many summers on this beach.
Sunset Point Park
A large shoreline park in Collingwood with vast green space, a rock beach, playground, volleyball courts, trails, and canteen area, Sunset Point Park offers lots of places for families to simply relax, take a dip and watch a sunset.
Harbourlands & Millennium Park
The backdrop of the Collingwood Terminals rises up from the once wasteland “spit area”, now a series of beautifully landscaped walkways and gardens with views of The Nottawasaga Lighthouse and The Blue Mountains.
Harbourview Park and Arboretum
This pristine park allows for easy access to the Georgian Bay waterfront. The Collingwood Arboretum is a botanical park with both paved and natural trails for walking and biking.
THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
Bayview Park features green space, a covered picnic shelter, a kids’ playground and is an ideal spot for relaxing with the family.
Located west of Blue Mountain, Christie Beach features a sand entry into shallow water.
Craigleith Provincial Park
The shale rock shoreline makes for easy entry for swimming and you’ll also find some great ancient fossils in the shale rock for tracing.
Council Beach is a small, sandy pebble beach waterfront and views of the ski hills and Georgian Bay. There are swing sets onsite as well as picnic tables
Delphi Point provides a large shale waterfront and offers beautiful views of Blue Mountain.
Little River Beach Park
The beach next to the Thornbury Harbour is a mix of soft sand and rocky pebbles, plus green spaces and a kids’ playground. The nearby Thornbury pier is a popular diving spot for the daring.
Peasmarsh Beach & Nature Reserve
Peasmarsh Beach is a small and peaceful sand pebble beach and a great spot for trout fishing at the mouth of Indian Brook.
Northwinds is a popular spot for kayaking, windsurfing, and stand up paddle boarding in Craigleith. Rentals are offered nearby. Northwinds is a launching point for excursions to the Mary Ward shipwreck located 4 km offshore.
Beach Area 1
Beach Area 1 is known locally as “The Main End”. This is the most commercial of the beach areas and where the lively hustle and bustle takes place. Here you’ll find attractions, events, a boat launch, shops, and restaurants, all steps away from the beach. Visitor information can be found at Nancy Island Historic Site across the street. While enjoying this Blue Flag Beach be sure to take the short walk to Ploverland and the Point to catch a glimpse at our resident Piping Plovers – it won’t disappoint!
Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
Home to the World’s Largest Freshwater Beach and one of Ontario’s most unique coastal dune ecosystems. From Allenwood Beach to Beach Area 6, more than 14km of white sandy coastline welcomes millions of visitors from around the world every year. The entirety of the beach is part of the Wasaga Beach Provincial Park. With boardwalks, trails, water sport rentals, restaurants, and shopping nearby, there are endless ways to keep the whole family entertained.
Beach Area 2
Beach Area 2 is the perfect spot for families to spend the day. This Beach is known for swimming, a great picnic area, lots of parking, assess to washrooms, an accessible mobi-mat, playground, and a beautiful view of the escarpment. After a swim in the water, stretch your legs with a stroll on the boardwalk and soak in the panoramic views of the bay.
Beach Area 3
This beach area is dog lover’s paradise! This is the only section of provincial beachfront that allows your furry friends to join you on the lake. This beach area is equipped with parking, picnic areas, access to Shore Lane Trail, bike paths, an accessible mobi-mat, washrooms, and a dog-friendly area (dogs must be on leash at all times). Mosley Village is just a short walk away where you will find beach sweets and dog treats!
Beach Area 4
This beach is arguably home to the best views of the bay. This beach has a local feel to it as it tends to be quieter and relaxed. The west end of the beach is only a 5 minute walk to Schoonertown where you can find local restaurants and shops. This beach accommodates you and your family with washrooms, a playground, parking, an accessible mobi-mat, and picnic areas.
Beach Area 5
This beach is fully equipped with picnic areas, parking, a playground, washrooms, and a mobi-mat. If you prefer to be served by local beachside hospitality rather than your packed lunch, Schoonertown is a short walk away and the area offers some great cuisine!
Beach Area 6
Located at the western edge of the world’s longest freshwater beach is Beach Area 6. At this beach enjoy the available washrooms, parking, a kiteboard launch, and picnic areas. Beach Area 6 links directly to the Carly Memorial Trail and connects to the town wide cycling network. A short walk to Mosley Street offers a range of local stops including dining, gifts, and apparel.
New Wasaga Beach
New Wasaga Beach is a family-friendly natural beach with dune vegetation at the edge of the shore line. Parking and washrooms are available here at this very quaint spot. It is a short walk away from River Road East and Deerbrook where you will find snacks to keep you fueled for a full day in the sun.
This beach area sits at the most eastern edge of the world’s longest freshwater beach. At this beach you will find parking, washrooms, and a kiteboard launch. From the shoreline you will enjoy panoramic views of the bay which include views of Christian Island.