Georgian Bay is pretty far north and knowing that Wasaga Beach is on Nottawasaga Bay, which is the southern part of Georgian Bay, you might
think that it’d be a pretty cold place for a swim at any time of year. That’s certainly what I thought the first time I went there. I brought my bathing suit, but figured I’d be happy just to catch some rays.
A gentle wade in
After seeing the number of people of all ages enjoying the water, I got up my courage and headed for the water. I’m not a dive-right-in
kind of beach goer. I’m the type who wades out, slowly getting used to the water temperature. To my surprise and delight, Wasaga Beach is perfect for folks like me. The gentle slope of the pristine sand beach means you can walk out for tens of meters and still have a dry torso. And, because the water is shallow for so long out, it feels warm and inviting. Before you know it, you’re acclimatized and joining the others enjoying the water.
It’s no wonder the beach draws over two million people annually. But don’t be put off by that number, it stretches over 8 miles (14 kms) and so you’ll find a spot to put down your towel and open the umbrella.
The beach is officially a Provincial Park. The park is segmented into six sections, which makes it easy to park. (To some extent you can gage how crowded different segments of the beach are by how crowded the parking area for that segment is.) One other noteworthy feature of Wasaga Beach Provincial Park is that it was the first provincial park in Canada to be awarded Blue Flag beach status, which means it has met strict environmental, educational, and access-related criteria. Note that this provincial park is a day-use only park so there is no camping.
The park also has lots of trails that are perfect for hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
And, if you didn’t bring a picnic and you find yourself hungry, walk around – there’s a cluster of shops in nearby “downtown” Wasaga Beach.