Discovering Ontario's Beaches by RV

Martin Lortz
by Martin Lortz

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.

Lake Ontario

The RV is a perfect way to discover Ontario.

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.

Lake Erie

The 40 km long Long Point beach.

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.

Lake Huron

The spectacular Sauble Beach

Renowned for its beach towns, an RV trip along Ontario's  Lake Huron shore is an experience in sand, sun and surf.  Grand BendSauble 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.

Lake side at McAlpine Beach Campground

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.

Georgian Bay

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.

Georgian Bay views from Meaford Memorial Park

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.

Lake Superior

Along the north shore of Lake Superior, it's all about Ontario's provincial parks.  Pancake BayLake 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).

Agawa Bay campground beach

The waterfront in  Wawa is a perfect spot for a beach break, as is the spectacular  Sandy Beach along Lake Superior. 

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.

Enjoying the spoils of Ontario RVing - Batchawan Provincial Park

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.