Wasaga Beach, located in Simcoe County, is not only a lovely town to visit, it also boasts the longest freshwater beach in the world. With an intriguing history that dates back to the days of fur trading, when it served as the gateway to the great Northwest, this lovely town served as a strategic location during the War of 1812; during the rest of the 19th century, lumber was the main industry, as the sandy soil here is unsuitable for farming. It was during the 1900s that families began to visit the area for its beauty. Wasaga Beach gradually became a destination for holidays and family picnics. For more than a century now, city dwellers have been flocking to the beach, where cottages and other fantastic accommodations await, as soon as summer begins. Here, we’ll take a closer look at some of the area’s best features.
More than two million people visit the town annually, just for the opportunity to stroll along the shores of the beach, which extends along the Nottawasaga River and Lake Huron’s Nottawasaga Bay. Here you can swim in clear, warm water, and enjoy splendid panoramic views of the mountains that rise up on the opposite side of the bay. There are plenty of trails to hike and lots of areas suitable for cycling, plus, in the winter, the area is a favourite destination for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, thanks to heavy, intense snow squalls. The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs keeps snowmobile trails well-groomed; when you purchase a trail pass, you’re doing your part to keep the project funded.
The Nottawasaga River offers canoe routes and game fishing; and the beach, which fronts Nottawasaga Bay and part of the river itself, is divided into smaller beaches numbered 1 to 6 from east to west. Besides basking in the beauty of nature, you can engage in a rousting game of beach volleyball or simply lounge in the sun. If you like, you can explore the boardwalk that extends along most of beach 1 and 2.
Fun for Everyone
There are plenty of diversions available in Wasaga Beach. For instance, at Wasaga Beach Paintball Adventure, you’ll find not only paintball, but laser tag. Offering 13 different playing fields that cover 70 acres of woods, plus a 25,000 square foot indoor facility and much more, Wasaga Beach Paintball Adventure is located at the east end of Wasaga Beach off Highway 92.
At the other end of the spectrum, Wasaga Sands Golf Club offers 18 magnificent holes, a well-appointed clubhouse, and play and stay opportunities. With a pro shop, cart rentals, a driving range, and much more, Wasaga Sands Golf Club is located at 10 Club Court in Wasaga Beach.
Additional opportunities for fun include wakeboarding and sea doo rentals, fishing charters and fishing derbies, go karts, kiteboarding, and much more. Check out Ride On See Doo Rentals, which offers snowmobile rentals in the winter and sea doo rentals during the summer months, and for fishing adventures, sunset cruises, and other boat-based adventures, take a look at Summerbound Cruises.
With so many opportunities for fun and relaxation, it’s no wonder Wasaga Beach is such a popular vacation destination. Visit for yourself; you’re sure to find many wonderful ways to enjoy your holiday.