Escape Travel’s Alison Lambert travels to Wasaga Beach in Ontario, Canada. Not many people would think of Canada as a summer beach destination, but Alison visits Georgian Bay on Lake Huron and discovers otherwise. Alison, tell us about your trip.
I have been living in Queensland for two years, but for many years, I lived in Ontario, Canada. Although it is very different from Queensland, there is still plenty to do during the warm summer months.
There are no ocean beaches in Ontario, no surf to play in, no salty water, but there is plenty of sun and sand to enjoy. There are lakes; big lakes, small lakes, grouped together and scattered apart. We have the Great Lakes, and Lake Huron has a stretch in Georgian Bay boasting the world’s longest freshwater beach, Wasaga Beach. There aren’t waves, but the water is lovely and warm from July through to September and shallow along the shore which makes it wonderful for families with young children.
Wasaga Beach is a great family holiday destination for anyone heading to Southern Ontario. It is only an hour and a half drive from Toronto. This makes it an easy day trip. There are hotels and holiday homes for rent all over the area for anyone wanting to take some extra time to relax.
Wasaga Beach stretches for kilometres, and there are six numbered beaches with different personalities. The main beach area is jam-packed by the middle of July, with bars, restaurants and shopping stretching along the road directly opposite the soft sand. There are jet skis and boats for hire along the stretch of beach where the mouth of a river meets the lake, and there are small companies that will teach beginners how to wakeboard. For party animals, the strip across from the beach comes to life after dinner, with bars and nightclubs opening doors and cranking music to lure in the beautiful young crowd to the spots with the most energetic atmosphere.
The town itself is only a short drive from the beach, boasting some less expensive hotel options, within easy reach of groceries and shopping, and full of small-town Ontario charm.
For the big kid in everyone, there are spots nearby for skirmish (called simply Paintball), and the Elmvale Zoo. The zoo is small, but allows visitors a chance to get a little closer than usual to some of the most beautiful animals in the world. Set on twenty five acres, the zoo makes for a lovely afternoon stroll.
There are plenty more ideas for touring in Southern Ontario outside of Toronto. Stay tuned for more insider information to come.
Looking for more information about travelling to Canada? Contact [email]text=Alison Lambert[/email], an International Travel Consultant with Escape Travel based in Toombul, Queensland who can be reached at 1300 841 098 or by [email]text=email[/email].