Way back at the beginning of the year I had asked for advice on what beaches to visit in Ontario. I wasn’t taking any big trips this summer (not like last summer!) so I wanted a few ideas for day trips. Here are the three best beaches in Ontario I visited, and worth the drive if you are looking for a way to spend one of the few remaining summer days! All three of these beaches are less than a three-hour drive from Toronto and can definitely be done as day trips.
Located in pretty Prince Edward County and east of Toronto, Sandbanks Beach sits on Lake Ontario. This beach is part of Sandbanks Provincial Park so there was a fee to enter, but the sand was light and powder-fine, rare for a lake beach and felt much like the Caribbean. The water was cold, but I was there in early July so that may have been a factor. With the summer we’ve had here in Ontario, I’m sure things have warmed up since then!
Southeast of Toronto is Longpoint Beach on Lake Erie. This was the first Lake Erie beach I had ever been to, and I was impressed, to say the least. Coarser sand that really heats up in the summer and I wondered if walking on that sand was anything like walking on coals. I tried to get from my blanket to the warm water as quickly as possible while still looking cool (I don’t think I succeeded). And yes, that’s not a misprint – the water was warm! This beach is part of Longpoint Provincial Park so again, there is a fee, but it is so worth it. It was probably my favourite of the bunch.
Southampton Beach is located northwest of Toronto, on Lake Huron. While not new to me, it is typically a quiet beach with nice sand and great if you prefer avoiding the crowds. I have a feeling the reason it never gets very busy is because entry into the lake is a blanket of stones and pebbles that can make getting in and out difficult. On this trip I discovered a new little spot at the southern part of the beach where entry into the lake is sandy as well! I kind of felt like I found a jewel that had been right under my nose all these years.