What distinguishes our area more than anything else, is Georgian Bay. Although smaller than the connecting Great Lakes, at 15,000 sq. kms, Georgian Bay is one of the largest bodies of fresh water in the world. This abundance of water is complemented by some of the province’s best beaches! See the full list below of the regions top beaches & waterfront parks.
HIBOU CONSERVATION AREAHike, fish, swim, ski or even 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. AINSLIE WOOD CONSERVATION AREALocated 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. MCCARROLL PARK & BEACHThe 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.DAVID JOHNSON PARK BEACHThe park includes accessible enhancements including a mobi matt to get those with mobility challenges to the waterfront.MEMORIAL PARKWith more than 2000 ft 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. FRED RAPER PARKNamed 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 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 PARKA 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. HARBOURVIEW PARK
Collingwood’s Harbourview Park allows for easy access to the waterfront. The boardwalk trail takes you through the park’s tranquil wetlands. Views of the Collingwood Terminals are visible along the Georgian Trail.
One of the most beautiful areas in the community. The backdrop of the Collingwood Terminals with its huge white columns rises up from the once wasteland “spit area”, now a series of beautifully landscaped walkways and gardens with a history of the area on massive granite plinths.
Provides breathtaking views of Nottawasaga Bay, including magnificent views of Collingwood Harbour, with the ski hill of Blue Mountain in the background.
A neighbourhood park with public tennis courts. It is located off of hwy 26 heading to Craigleith. There’s also a small area where you can swim.
CRAIGLEITH PROVINCIAL PARKThe shale rock shoreline makes for easy entry for swimming and you’ll also find some great ancient fossils in the shale rock for tracing. DELPHI POINTDelphi Point provides a large shale waterfront and offers beautiful views of Blue Mountain. 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. BAYVIEW PARKBayview Park features green space, a covered picnic shelter, a kids’ playground and is an ideal spot for relaxing with the family.LITTLE RIVER BEACH PARKThe 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.CHRISTIE BEACHLocated in between Meaford & Thornbury, Christie Beach features a sand entry into shallow water.COUNCIL BEACHCouncil 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.NORTHWINDS BEACHNorthwinds 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.
-Please keep our beaches beautiful & remember to leave our beaches & shorelines as you found them and to take only pictures
-Protect sand dunes and beach vegetation by staying on marked paths and boardwalks
-Respect wildlife and please do not feed the seagulls
-Do not litter
-Do not take rocks or fossils off the shorelines
-Repect the space of others at the beach
Beach safety is important along the shores of Georgian Bay and no one should ever swim alone. Parents should always keep children within arm’s reach and provide life jackets. Everyone should swim within their own ability and at their own risk. Please remember to use sunscreen, stay hydrated and bring some sun shade for protection. One of the most hazardous conditions a swimmer can face is a rip current. If you are at a Georgian Bay beach with breaking waves, please be cautious about the possibility of one. Click HEREfor more information on rip currents.