At the Beach

The beach is a magical place for adults and kids alike, where time stands still and the day can be spent relaxing on soft sand, soaking up the rays, swimming or surfing Lake Huron’s pristine blue water and building sandcastles. Cottagers, vacation-seekers and residents, all agree – It Starts at the Beach….and ends where you want!

There’s 65 kilometres of sandy beach shoreline from Bayfield to Lambton Shores southernmost point and more than ten public access beaches!

GRAND BEND BEACH

Photo: T. Eagleson - Busy Beach Boy

Photo: T. Eagleson – Busy Beach Boy

Grand Bend’s Main Beach is family-friendly, a short 5-minute walk to all the food kiosks, restaurants and stores on Main Street West and has had uninterrupted Blue Flag status since 2009.

Blue Flag (BlueFlag.org) water quality status means your family is assured of safe, consistent swimmable water for  a weekend getaway or vacation. The addition of an accessible beach mat from the boardwalk to the shoreline provides wheelchair users access to the water and makes it easier to get to for those with strollers. Lifeguards are on duty mid-June to Labour Day, Monday to Thursday noon to 6pm and Friday through Sundays and Holiday Mondays 11am to 7pm.

A children’s accessible splash pad and interactive accessible playground is located beside The Beach House, which offers public washrooms, change rooms, outdoor showers, concession and elevator access to the observation deck. Beach volleyball courts and nets are setup mid-June to mid-September. Enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk to the gazebo and pier.

For safety reasons, barbequing, glass items and tents are not allowed on the Main Beach. There’s also no camping or driving on the beach and dogs are restricted to parking lot and concreted areas only. Sorry, no dogs on the beach.

Did you know?: Paid parking helps off-set the cost of lifeguards and all the beach amenities your family enjoys at Grand Bend’s Main Beach. You make it possible!

PORT BLAKE BEACH & DAY PARK

Located at the north end of Grand Bend (intersection of Highway 21 and Dashwood Road/CR83), Port Blake offers a quieter stretch of sand with a bluff-top grassed picnic area with BBQs. Dogs are allowed on the beach and must be leashed with messes cleaned up. The park offers a picnic pavilion, washrooms, change rooms, playground equipment, BBQs and picnic tables. Open daily 9am to 9pm. Admission Victoria Day Weekend to Labour Day Weekend is $5 per person or $12 per car load.  For more information visit www.southhuron.ca/port-blake-beach-day-park.

BAYFIELD BEACH

Bayfield’s Beach (via Long Hill Road) is a short seven minutes walk to its picturesque Main Street and holds Blue Flag status (BlueFlag.org). The beach has drive-up access, limited parking, public washrooms, public phone and fully-equipped life-saving station. Located beside the marina, you can enjoy a stroll on the pier, a swim and relax on the large sandy beach. Stunning lake views available from the scenic lookout in Pioneer Park (top of the bluff at Colina Street). Viewable south of the main beach is the shipwreck of the “Linda Hindman” steamboat (villageofbayfield.com/shipwreck).

IPPERWASH BEACH

Ipperwash beach is one of the longest freshwater beaches in Ontario. Public washrooms and picnic areas near the beach are maintained by the Ministry of Natural Resources. There are no lifeguards on duty, so take extra caution to watch children. There’s no facility for overnight camping. Free parking is available in Ministry-owned lots off the beach on West Parkway Drive or East Parkway. Paid parking at and on the beach is available between Centre Sideroad, Kettle Point and West Ipperwash Road. No vehicles allowed on the beach between West Ipperwash Road to Ipperwash Road or East Parkway Drive.

PINERY PROVINCIAL PARK

Pinery Provincial Park is located eight kilometres south of Grand Bend and boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in Ontario, offering day visits, camping and 10 kilometres of sandy beach and dunes. Two all-terrain wheelchairs are available for loan to provide accessibility to the beach and there are accessible ramps to the beach (call Park Visitor Centre at 519-243-1521). Pinery has nine day-use beaches, two of which are dog friendly.

 EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Canada Day, Grand Bend Beach – July 1, 2019
  • Summer Sunset Sounds, Grand Bend Beach – Sundays or Holiday Mondays in July & August
  • Wednesday Familiar Favourites concerts, Grand Bend Beach

See Festivals & Events for dates, times and details.

WATER QUALITY INFOLINES:

FLAG SYSTEM

Swim hazard flags are posted on the lifeguard chairs. No flags are posted when lifeguards are not present.

  • No Flag – No lifeguard on duty.
  • Red Flag – Danger, high hazard. Extreme wave action and/or currents and/or E.coli count over 100/100 mL of beach water. Swimming not recommended. Lifeguard on duty.
  • Yellow Flag – Caution. Moderate hazard. Rough water and strong current and/or strong offshore wind. Lifeguard on duty.
  • Red & Yellow Flag – Limit of supervised swimming area. Swim between flags.

Beach Chart
Pinery Provincial Park: Beach 8 – Barrier-free boardwalk; Beach 1 & 2 – Dog-friendly; Beach 3 – Public Phone; two all-terrain wheelchairs available. Rentals – bike, canoe, kayak, paddle-boat, ski and snowshoe. Flush toilets – Beach 3, 8 & 9. Stanley Pavilion Beach and Houston Heights Beach – access via staircase. Howard Street Beach – site of shipwrecked “Linda Hindman” steamboat (villageofbayfield.com/shipwreck/)