The 5 Ontario Beaches You Need to Visit This Summer

When we think "beach", most Canadians will probably think the Bahamas, Florida, L.A., literally anywhere other than Canada. But you don't need to buy a plane ticket to enjoy a nice beach day — we have some great beaches right here in Ontario! Which ones will you check out?

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Port Burwell

Port Burwell is also known as the jewel of Lake Erie's north shore. Besides the clean, soft, white sandy beaches, you can also enjoy hiking trails, camping grounds, a museum and historical sites, and other activities! Port Burwell is located 2 hours southwest of Toronto so you can also turn your beach day into a short little road trip with your friends. Click here to see it on a map.

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Grand Bend

Grand Bend has been named one of Canada's best beach towns (yes, Canada has beach towns) and rightfully so. With the clear blue waters of Lake Huron and historic villages and a countryside vibe, Grand Bend is the perfect summer getaway, with something for everyone. Families and children will enjoy the several theatre, art, and music festivals that are hosted all summer long and teens and young adults can enjoy activities such as wakeboarding and parasailing! So grab your swim shorts and enjoy the clear waters and fun water activities Grand Bend has to offer! Click here to see it on a map.

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Rondeau Beach

Located on a sand spit in Lake Erie, Rondeau includes 11km of beaches and old-growth forests. It is Ontario's second oldest provincial park and also features a splash pad and zoo at the nearby Greenview Aviaries Park and Zoo, making it the perfect trip for families. Click here to see it on a map.

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Sandbanks Beaches and Provincial Park

Sandbanks Provincial Park has three beaches and the world's largest baymouth barrier dune formation. Sandbanks is one of the best beaches in Canada according to visitors because of the clear, shallow waters, gentle drop-off, and soft white sand. Other things you can enjoy near Sandbanks is Prince Edward County's bicycle tours, wineries, and antique stores! Click here to see it on a map.

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Woodbine Beach

Woodbine Beach features many amenities other than its beautiful waters and sandy beach, like volleyball nets and playgrounds. This urban beach is a great choice for those who live in the Greater Toronto Area, since it's close to the downtown core. You can hit the beach during the day, and be two steps from Toronto's nightlife. And don't forget your Bather swim trunks to help you take your look from the beach to the streets 😉 Click here to see it on a map.

Hopefully this list has given you some new ideas for your next trip to the beach! Show us how you're enjoying summer with #everydaybather on Instagram!