The town of Wasaga Beach, located at the southern end of Ontario’s Georgian Bay, about two hours north of Toronto, is home to the longest freshwater beach in the world. The hot rays of the summer sun are balanced by the pleasant breeze from the water, resulting in comfortable temperatures even in the hottest months.
This along with a wide range of local attractions, make Wasaga Beach the perfect destination for a relaxing summer escape.
The #1 tourist attraction in Wasaga Beach is the Wasaga Beach Provincial Park. This park is comprised of eight beaches that together total 14 kilometers of beach area. Each beach area offers a slightly different terrain depending on the dunes and vegetation in that area, giving visitors an opportunity to vary their beach experience from day to day if they wish. Many of the beach areas have playgrounds, boardwalks, and bicycle paths in addition to comfort stations and room for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking.
A protected wildlife habitat offers visitors the chance to birdwatch and catch sight of the endangered Piping Plover. If you are still looking for something to do, hiking paths (over 15 kilometers in all!), tennis courts, horseshoe pits, and a toboggan hill only scratch the surface of the things to do in the park.
The most accessible site to the War of 1812 in the area, the Nancy Island Historic Site freezes in time a major event during the war; the HMS Nancy’s battle on August 14, 1814 against American schooners. The battle resulted in the destruction of the Nancy, and over time, the birth of Nancy Island, as silt from the running river collected in the sunken hull of the ruined ship. In 1927, the shipwrecked remains were raised and preserved.
Today, you can visit the island to tour the museum and view artifacts including the hull, cutlery and a 24-pound shot. Historic reenactments, a theater and replica of the Great Lakes Lighthouse make this historic attraction a great way to spend the entire afternoon!
Also known as the Shrine of the Canadian Martyrs, this shrine is one of nine national shrines in Canada. The meticulously manicured grounds are open for visitors to enjoy some quiet time of reflection as they wander through the grottos and statues leading to an observation area providing a picture-perfect view of the Georgian Bay.
Be sure to take the time to gaze through the beautiful stained-glass windows and appreciate the impressive architecture in the church before visiting the gift shop or food counter where your purchases help support the shrine’s mission.
This marsh is open year-round and offers 8.5 sq km of open water, marsh, bog, and forest along with trails, observation towers, a boardwalk, and marsh viewing mound, making it the perfect place to observe over 250 species of birds in their natural habitat. A nature center offers exhibits and information about the other plant and animal life in the marsh.
With so many attractions appealing to a variety of interests, it is no wonder that Wasaga Beach is such a popular destination.
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