Of the 17 Blue Flag beaches in Ontario, we claim two! Blue Flag designation (www.blueflag.org) means a beach has met strict international guidelines for water quality, including specific amenities such as washrooms and accessibility.
Grand Bend’s Main Beach (Main Street): Blue Flag Beach features lifeguards, washrooms, concession stand, elevator accessible observation deck, accessible splash pad and playground equipment, boardwalk and gazebo. For safety reasons, barbequing and glass items are not allowed on the beach.
Bayfield’s Main Beach: Blue Flag Beach within walking distance of Bayfield’s Main Street and pier. Washrooms and parking close by.
Port Blake Conservation Area Beach (Grand Bend): Located just south of the Highway 21 and County Road 83 intersection. Features baseball diamond, washrooms, toilets, play area, shelter and picnic tables. Day pass required.
Pinery Provincial Park: Boasts 10km of soft sandy beachfront with nine day-use beaches available featuring various washroom amenities, change-room buildings, picnic areas and two dog-friendly beaches. Sandy dunes are a distinctive feature of the park. Barrier-free boardwalk to the beat at “P8″. Extensive hiking trails. Bike, canoe, kayak, paddle-boat, ski and snowshoes rentals. Day pass required.
Ipperwash Beach: Access off of West Ipperwash Road, Ipperwash Road and Army Camp Road. Enjoy shallow waters, public washrooms and nearby picnic areas.
St. Joseph’s Beach: St. Joseph is located at the intersection of Highway 21 and County Road 84. Turn onto Bissonette Avenue, left onto Demers Street and right onto Campbell Avenue – the small public beach area is accessed from Campbell Avenue.
Barbequing is not allowed on the Beach for safety reasons – nor are glass items. In fact, it is an infraction of local by-law, so please exercise safety, courtesy and respect when enjoying the Main Beach. See our FAQs for more information about Grand Bend’s Main Beach.