Urban legend has it that a swim in the water off Toronto’s beaches will result in a third leg suddenly sprouting from your body.
Despite being situated on the great Lake Ontario, a vast majority of Torontonians wouldn’t go for a dip here if you paid them.
On the hottest day of the year, you will notice a distinct lack of people cooling down in the water around the city. Affectionately nicknamed the ‘great sewer’, it’s hard to blame them for staying on dry land.
This leads to the question, where to head in Ontario for a beach-day where you can swim without fear of growing extra limbs?
Here are four options to put on your radar and check out this summer. What’s more, it’s the perfect excuse to escape the big smoke and enjoy a day-trip checking out beauty spots in the region:
90 minute drive from Toronto
Wasaga boasts clean, shallow waters ideal for splashing around in. It’s fun, family friendly and a great place to spend a Saturday or Sunday. If you want to make a weekend out of it, there is no shortage of accommodation options in the area from rental cottages to B&B’s. It attracts large crowds during the warm weather so if you are planning to visit, set off early to stake your spot in the sand.
60 minutes (depending on traffic) from Toronto
A mix of scenic landscape and a clean shoreline make Coburg a popular choice for beachgoers. The small-town charm of Coburg is another big draw and with nearby shops and restaurants its ideal for some post-beach entertainment. And for those of you missing proper wheaten bread from home, there is a small bakery in Coburg that sells the real deal (the name escapes us but go exploring and you can head home that day with proper brown bread for the tea!)
Under 2 hours from Toronto
Sandbanks is one of the largest and most beautiful beaches in Ontario. Golden sand and sparkling water make it a must-see. Located in the heart of Prince Edward County, its golden sand and sparkling water make it a must-see. And with Sandbanks summer village just a few minutes away you can also discover the regions rich cultural life, wineries and fine dining.
3 hours from Toronto (might be worth making it an overnight stay)
Listed as one of Canada’s no.1 freshwater beaches, you will not regret a visit to Sauble. Sitting on the shores of Lake Huron, there is an endless list of things to see & do here. Play volleyball, visit Sauble Falls, try kitesurfing or paddleboarding…one thing for certain, you won’t be bored.
What beaches would you recommend? Let us know by commenting below.