Discovering Ontario's Beaches by RV
Let's go to the beach! If you are looking for an unforgettable Ontario RV adventure this summer, check out some of Ontario's impressive beaches.
Photos by Martin Lortz
To many people, there is no better day than a beach day. Now imagine that day at the beach is as easy as stepping out of your RV. It just so happens that Ontario is the proud owner of some of the best freshwater beaches anywhere, and an RV is a perfect way to discover Ontario's water edge bounty. So pack the RV, your flip-flops and swimsuit; we sense a road trip, or should we say, a beach trip is about to happen.
To Ontario campers and RVers, the words Sandbanks instantly relate to the beach and good times. Located on Lake Ontario in Prince Edward County near Picton, the area is considered to have some of the best sandy beaches in Ontario. It contains the world's largest bay-mouth barrier dune formation. For the most accessible access to the beach from your RV, a campsite at Sandbanks Provincial Park is the way to go.
Nearby Sandbanks River Country Campground offers fully serviced sites.
Of course, there is life beyond the beach; explore Prince Edward County Wineries. Discover local arts along Arts Trail & Taste Trail or partake in some PRZ Paintball action. No trailer, no problem Sandbanks Trailer Rentals will be happy to set you up.
Imagine a white sand beach stretching for 40 kilometres; welcome to Long Point, Ontario. Here, Long Point Provincial Park provides the best beach access. Be sure to book well in advance, as things get pretty hot around here. Woodland RV Park offers full service, a family-friendly atmosphere, and a short drive to the beach. Beyond the beach, enjoy local wine at Burning Kiln Winery, an outdoor adventure with Long Point Eco-Adventures, maybe some fishing with Jimmy Riggin' Fishing Charters or mountain bike some amazing trails at Turkey Point.
Renowned for its beach towns, an RV trip along Ontario's Lake Huron shore is an experience in sand, sun and surf. Grand Bend, Sauble Beach, and Southampton offer many reasons to stop for a few hours or days. While the white sand beaches are the apparent reason, the vibe of a beach town is addictive, with buzzing shops selling inflatable unicorns and racks full of sunglasses and flip flops, to patios serving up delicious eats and local brews. Get close to the beach at Pinery and Mcgregor Point Provincial Parks or set up camp at Woodland Park or Carsons Camp in Sauble Beach, both a short walk from the beach.
On Manitoulin Island, specifically in Providence Bay, on the southern end of the island, you will find what is said to be the nicest beach in Northern Ontario. It just so happens that Providence Bay Tent & Trailer Park is located right beside the beach. Enjoy soft sand, clean water, and plenty of room to spread out. Grab an ice cream cone at Huron Island Time or a bite to eat at Lake Huron Fish & Chips.
Along the Lake Huron North channel, the coastline is known more for its ruggedness than sand, but there are few surprises amongst the rocks. The west entrance to the Boom camp Trails near Blind River will lead you to a fantastic stretch of sand for a beach break. The adjoining boat lunch provides ample parking even for larger RVs.
Along the shore of Bright Lake, McAlpine Beach Campground offers water edge campsites and spectacular sunsets. Be sure to book ahead; the best spots go fast. Bright lake is well known for its excellent bass fishing. Local fishing guiding outfit Angling Algoma can pick you up at your campsite, provide all fishing equipment and a chance at a catch of a lifetime.
Located at the south end of the Georgian Bay, the 14 km long Wasaga Beach is the longest freshwater beach in the world. While you can find day parking for your RV in town, if you are looking for a more extended stay, you can book a site at Jell-e-Bean Campground & RV Park and Georgian Bay Park. Try paddling, climbing and caving adventures in the area with Free Spirit Tours.
Along the coast in Meaford, Meaford Memorial Park is one of the only waterfront campgrounds in South Georgian Bay and has stunning views of Georgian Bay and the Niagara Escarpment. Explore the nearby Scenic Caves Nature Adventures, cycle the Georgian Trail or maybe pamper yourself at Kalola Wellness Spa. Provincial parks Killbear and Awenda offer campsites and access to spectacular beaches.
Along the north shore of Lake Superior, it's all about Ontario's provincial parks. Pancake Bay, Lake Superior and Neys all offer camping sites that allow you to step out of your RV and onto a beach. For a quick beach stop along the way, Batchawan Provincial Park allows free access. You can park at the west end of the Voyageurs' Lodge & Cookhouse and enjoy the beach across the road. While here, pick up some tasty takeout, shop for some souvenirs and try their famous Apple fritter. Up the road, Agawa Crafts & The Canadian Carver is another worthy shopping stop that can include a couple of scoops of ice cream (cash only).
The Wawa Goose and the Winny The Poo display in White River, provide an opportunity for some memorable selfies. Naturally Superior Adventures offers canoe and kayak rentals, guided kayak, canoe and SUP day trips, and instructional courses if you are interested in exploring Lake Superior from the water.
A day on one of Ontario's beaches is good; obviously, more is better, and the RV is a perfect tool to discover as many beaches as possible. So pack the RV, your flip-flops and swimsuit; we sense a road trip, or should we say, a beach trip is about to happen.