8 gorgeous beaches you can road trip to from Toronto (PHOTOS)

Aug 11 2020, 8:20 am

Although summer is coming to an end, there is still time to take a mini road trip to some incredible beaches.

So we’ve gone ahead and lined up all the best beaches near Toronto that you’re going to want to hit up over the coming month or two.

Sure, we all know about the Toronto Island, Cherry Beach, and of course heading north to Wasaga Beach.

But we’re here to tell you about eight other beaches you can drive to from Toronto that will blow your mind.

All within one to four hours of the city, these beaches will make you wonder where they’ve been all your life.

So pack up your car, grab your best friend, and get to the beach already.

Sandbanks Beach

Sandbanks Beach/Ontario Parks

Any road trip to Prince Edward County is enough to entice us, but throw in a day at Sandbanks and we’re there before you can say sunburn. But, be sure to keep at least a two metres of distance between yourself and others.

Sandbanks Provincial Park updates its Twitter with information on the beach regularly, head down early and check the updates prior to leaving.

Distance from Toronto: 215 km (map)

Long Point Beach

Long Point Beach/Ontario Parks

You can even camp here and you really should camp here. Swimming is currently available at the beach but Ontario Parks has said to follow public health advice while visiting.

Distance from Toronto: 183 km (map)

Canatara Beach

Canatara Beach/Lambton County

You officially have a good reason to visit Sarnia. Washrooms are currently open but no sports will be allowed at the beach. They’ve also asked guests to maintain social distancing during their visit.

Distance from Toronto: 291 km (map)

Grand Bend Beach

Grand Bend Beach/Shutterstock

Some of the best sunsets you’ll find in all of Ontario. The beach isn’t too bad either. Due to COVID-19 groups will be capped at 10. Bylaw officers, OPP and lifeguards will be present to help enforce physical distancing.

Distance from Toronto: 277 km (map)

Port Burwell Beach

With 2.5 km of sand, this beach screams pure bliss. The beach opened on June 22 and swimming is currently available. Certain activities like disc golf and group camping are temporarily unavailable at this time.

Distance from Toronto: 204 km (map)

Singing Sands Beach

This gorgeous beach is open for day use. You can even stroll along the 500 metre boardwalk and the 1.5 kms of trails. Washrooms will be opened with enhanced cleaning and the concession booth is also open.

Distance from Toronto: 289 km (map)

Charleston Lake Beach

Charleston Lake Beach/Ontario Parks

From fishing and boating to swimming and relaxing on the beach, you can do it all at Charleston Lake Beach. But, be sure to bring your hand sanitizer, sunscreen and physical distance while you’re there.

Distance from Toronto: 317 km (map)

Port Stanley Beach

This is a popular one. So much so that the beach has created a Facebook page to advise beachgoers of potential overcrowding. Groups will be capped at 10 with bylaw officers, OPP and lifeguards present to enforce physical distancing.

Distance from Toronto: 220 km (map)

Disclaimer: To ensure your safety and well-being when visiting parks, practice physical distancing between you and other visitors, stay on marked trails, and abide by trail closure signs. To avoid hazards, we recommend keeping a safe distance back from slopes, bluffs and river edges. More info on how to prepare for a visit to Parks Canada places during COVID-19: https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/voyage-travel/securite-safety/covid-19-info

And please, leave no trace. Dispose of your waste properly and respect wildlife.

Stay safe and enjoy the great outdoors!

Irelyne LaveryIrelyne Lavery

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