Wasaga Beach, Ontario – more than a Day Trip

Wasaga Beach is about an hour and a half from Toronto. It is the longest fresh water beach in the world with 14 km of sandy shore, making it a favourite summer destination for visitors and residents in Ontario. When I came to Canada, Wasaga Beach was one of my first trip to a fresh water beach. For many Torontonians Wasaga Beach is a day trip, it was close enough to enjoy a great respite from the city and drive back home just before dark. There is more to do in Wasaga than just the beach, if you like the water stay until dusk to catch a spectacular sunset over the lake. The provincial park is home to nesting water birds and the Piping Plover which is an endangered bird. Take a hike in the park to bird watch or enjoy the scenic trails that runs through the park.

I love visiting beaches in Ontario during the summer, hoever. Wasaga was off my list due to its popularity and traffic delays to get there on the weekend. On a warm summer day the drive can take up to three hours. The trick is leaving early to beat the traffic. For our anniversary we decided to give Wasaga Beach another try. Our first visit in over eight years. We left at 6:30 Saturday morning arriving at 8:00 to have breakfasr at Stacked Pancake and Breakfast House in the town. Service was good, we had a lovely breakfast to fuel up for a full day at the beach.

Our beach tent was pitched on a prime spot at beach 5 by 9:00, the beach was gloriously empty for an hour before our fellow beach lovers arrived. Paid parking is available for a fair price with lots of picnc benches, garbage disposal bins and fairly clean wash and change rooms. It felt nostalgic being there after so many years, the gentle lap of the water, seagulls flying overhead and the clearest blue skies I have seen in a long time. The water was cool, great for hanging out on a hot summers day.

If you plan to stay overnight there are cottages and Air B & B’s closer to the beach for rent, they are booked early in the season so plan ahead. For lunch, there are lots of reataurants close to the beach. Better yet, pack a picnic lunch, fire up your grill in the picnic area and splurge on dinner at one of the great restaurants in Wasaga or Collingwood. After a great day at the beach we checked into the Days Inn Suites in Collingwood about a 25 minute drive from Wasaga.

We had dinner at Prime Seven Nine, located in the heart of historical downtown Collingwood. Dinner was lovely, followed by a leisurely stroll by the water. The restaurants extend their patios on the sidewalk for dining al fresco. For things to do to make it more than a day trip there is the Collingwood museum, Sunset Point Beach and Georgain trails. Take time to do something different on your weekend trips, get out this summer and enjoy the wonderful wather. Walk good.

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