Located about 2.5 hours southwest of Toronto is a small Ontario beach town called Port Stanley.
This hidden getaway is a gorgeous historic lakeside community that features the King George Lift bridge (currently under construction), locally owned inns, shops, and restaurants, boating, and a beautiful beach.
Upon arriving in the heart of Port Stanley, there’s no mistaking the fishing and maritime heritage. From commercial fishing boats to marinas, the harbour resembles a painting of an idealistic small town. There’s a lighthouse at the end of the west pier, and waves can be seen crashing through from time to time.
But it’s all about the beach at Port Stanley.
According to the town’s website, Port Stanley offers one of the most outstanding beaches in Canada.
The town’s Main Beach attracts tens of thousands of sun-seekers and beach-goers annually, and throughout the year.
And the beaches are now open to the public.
“Please follow posted social distancing signs. Use washrooms, benches, picnic tables and all other facilities at your own risk. Consider bringing your own disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer,” says the town.
“Paid parking in effect. $4 per hour, $20 per day. Please download the HONK app in advance to avoid line ups at machines. Don’t forget the bridge is also closed for construction.”
To keep updated on new or changing restrictions or on up to date information on how busy the beach is, you can check out The Central Elgin Beach Rescue page.
Be sure to give yourself some time to explore the region, and don’t forget the sunscreen.