Hasn’t this been one of the hottest summers ever?!
To beat the heat, there is nothing quite like spending a summer day with the family at the beach. We are so fortunate to have Canada as home to many of the most beautiful and unique beaches in the world.
Here is a list of my family’s favourite beaches.
1. Centre Island Beach
Where: Toronto Islands. Located a quick 20min ferry ride from the chaos of the downtown core, lies a peaceful escape.
The combination of sandy beaches and one of the best views of Toronto’s skyline is amazing. A lot of things for the kids to do, as well as a beautiful park setting.
Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy another side of the city!
2. Cobourg Beach
Where: On Lake Ontario, 60 minutes east of Toronto
This beach features a long expansive stretch of soft white sand. The water is warm and clean, (I swam here for a Triathlon and was amazed at how clear the water was, even 800 metres from the shore).
3. Sandbanks Beach
Where: Part of Sandbanks Provincial Park on Lake Ontario, about 2h and 30min east of Toronto.
A somewhat more secluded beach, the powdered-sugar type sand stretches 7 km and is home to two of the largest sandbars in southern Ontario.
4. Sauble Beach
Where: On Lake Huron, a two-hour drive from Toronto.
Sauble Beach means “Beach of Sand” and that, it is! Comprising of 11 km of golden sand with gentle waves lapping along the clear waters of Lake Huron.
Facing west, this beach with warm clear waters, boasts some of the best sunsets around. We love Sauble Beach for the warm waters and gentle waves, making it ideal for kids.
5. Wasaga Beach
Where: On the southern shores of Georgian Bay, it’s about 1h 45mins from Toronto.
Wasaga Beach boasts 14 km of soft white sand and is the largest freshwater beach in the world!
Nice clear, clean waters and well maintained – just gorgeous.
Mid summer, the water temperature is warm and is perfect for young kids as the small waves are gentle.