Wasaga Beach Provincial Park


Location: Wasaga Beach, Ontario
Region: Southwestern
Character: Recreation
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Length/Size: 1,844 hectares

Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

This 14-kilometre, safe sandy beach on Georgian Bay attracts thousands every summer. So do the park's other features: hiking and cross-country ski trails through sand dunes or pine-oak forest; a historic site that tells Wasaga's colourful naval history; jazz concerts and military re-enactments.

Visit the Friends of Wasaga Beach web site.

Wasaga Beach Provincial Park is the first provincial park in Canada awarded the Blue Flag designation for its efforts to manage Wasaga’s shoreline according to international environmental standards. For more information check www.BlueFlag.ca

Picnics and Day Use
Wasaga Beach is a day use park and many visitors come for the exceptional beaches. The park has eight beach areas that include picnic facilities with toilets and change areas nearby.

Visitor Centre - Yes

Barrier Free Access - Nancy Island Visitor Center, Barrier-free washrooms are located at Beach Areas 1, 2, and 6

Park Store - The Friends of Wasaga Beach operate the Treasure Chest Gift Store at Nancy Island Historic Site

Flush Toilets - Yes
Boat Launch - Yes
Rentals - Cross country skis

Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) are available through the ParkSmart PFD Loan Service. For a $25 refundable deposit, visitors can borrow a properly fitted PRD for themselves and their children. Available at the entrance to Beach areas 1 to 6 or at the Park Office.

Off Season
From late March to mid October, select beach areas within the park are open from 8:15 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily. For a list of open beach areas please contact the Park Office at 705-429-2516. A second operating period runs from early December to late March. Outside these periods, the park is gated and vehicles are not permitted to enter.

Hiking
The Blueberry Plains trail system offers 30km of trails in the dunes area of Wasaga Beach park. As you enter the trail system you will be passing through an area know as the raised beaches. These are the remnants of a glacial lake that covered the Wasaga Beach area close to 10,000 years ago. As you continue along the trail you will see hills that are the beginning of the foredunes. These are the largest and least disturbed set of parabolic sand dunes in Ontario. Approximately 700 different types of plants and 230 species of birds can be seen in this fragile dune area.
Recent improvements to hiking in the Wasaga Beach area include 17 kilometres of the Ganaraska Trail which travel through the dunes area.

Fishing
Fishing is best from a boat, but you can also try your luck anywhere near the Nottawasaga river bank within park boundaries. A fishing access point is located in the dunes area of the park. You could catch rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, splake and pickerel - especially in the spring and fall. Boat launch facilities in Beach Area One allow easy access to Georgian Bay.

Canoeing
Nottawasaga-Canoe Route- 32km, 1 day, Intermediate level. Brochures available at Chamber of Commerce or Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority.

Wildlife Viewing
White-tailed deer are frequent visitors to the dunes portion of the park, while smaller animals like the snowshoe hare, porcupine, and raccoon are more common. The threatened Eastern Hog-nosed snake which is typically found in the sandy soils close to wetlands, call the forested dune area of the park home.Some 232 species of bird have been identified here. Shorebirds include various types of gulls, plovers, sandpipers and the sanderling. The endangered Piping Plover has recently been seen on Wasaga’s shores and is receiving additional habitat protection.Warblers, sparrows, owls and the pileated woodpecker can be spotted in the sand dune area of the park

Boating
Nottawasaga Bay is suitable for many types of watercraft, especially large motorboats, sailboats and windsurfers. Boats can be rented from one of several marinas in the Town of Wasaga Beach. Beach Area 1 offers an improved boat launching ramp, ample parking for vehicles and boat trailers and nearby washrooms and picnic areas.

Swimming
Wasaga's 14-kilometre-long graceful crescent of shore sands on a gentle, shallow bay draws thousands of visitors each summer. Families enjoy safe swimming in the warm, shallow waters and playing on the wide sandy beach. The park is divided into eight beach areas each with its own parking lot.

Cycling
Bikers can enjoy 10 kilometres of hard packed trails through the park beach areas. Town roads must be accessed between these areas. Must exercise care with respect to motor vehicles and traffic.

For more information:
Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
11-22nd Street North
Wasaga Beach, Ontario
L9Z 2V9
705-429-2516 Park Office
705-429-2728 Nancy Island Historic Site (seasonal)
705-429-0943 Wasaga Nordic Centre (seasonal)