Sunshine, sand, and water—nothing says summer like a day at the beach. If the sand and surf is beckoning to you, pack your bags and take a trip to BruceGreySimcoe, where you’ll find a variety of beaches with few crowds and all geared for family fun.
At 14 km and 11 km respectively, Wasaga Beach on Georgian Bay and Sauble Beach on Lake Huron are the longest freshwater beaches in the world. Along with Station Beach in Kincardine, Wasaga and Sauble beach both hold the coveted Blue Flag designation for water quality, environmental education, environmental management, and safety and services.
The sandy shores and gently sloping shallow waters of these beaches are perfect for the little wee ones to dig and splash the day away, and to make things easier on you, there are family-friendly facilities, shops, food, and recreation to suit every need.
Tucked between Thornbury and Meaford, just off Highway 26 on Georgian Bay, is sandy Christie Beach. Small and secluded, it too offers all the amenities you’ll need for a family day away and tuckered tots at night—a picnic shelter, washrooms, change rooms and playground equipment.
Awenda Provincial Park offers not one but four beaches from which you can view unique granite formations jutting from Georgian Bay. Each beach offers different features so be sure to check with park staff when visiting. Methodist Point Bay (Third Beach) is the most protected and sandiest beach of these four natural beauties.
Bonus feature: Awenda has a designated pet beach where your pooch can join in on the family fun.
If your family is into out-of-the-way beaches, Sandy Beach on the Bruce Peninsula fits the bill. The sandy, unspoiled beach on Lake Huron is worth the trip but be sure to pack everything you need for the day as amenities are limited.
If you have a little one who digs dinosaurs, take the family for a day of exploring the fossils embedded in the rocky shoreline at Craigleith Provincial Park. Too slippery for swimming, the main attraction is the invertebrate fossils that are 455 million years old. Pack a picnic lunch, a camera and a lot of imagination. Playground and washroom facilities are on-site.
What are you waiting for? Grab your suitcase for an extended stay or make it a day trip. Pack up the sunscreen, beach blanket, buckets and shovels and head for a sunny day of fun at the beaches of BruceGreySimcoe.