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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BAYVIEW PARK, THORNBURY
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.
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.
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.
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.
Peasmarsh Beach is a small and peaceful sand pebble beach and a great spot for trout fishing at the mouth of Indian Brook.
Home to the World’s Largest Freshwater Beach and one of Ontario’s most unique coastal dune ecosystems. More than 14 km of white sandy coastline welcome millions of visitors from around the world every year. With a boardwalk, trails, water sport rentals, restaurants and shopping nearby, there are endless ways to keep the whole family entertained.
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