There are many fine beaches in Ontario that don't (yet) rate a page of their own. Cobourg beach, for example, is great, with fine white sand, and lots of it, in a sheltered bay facing the sun.
You couldn't ask for better. Also, the beach is backed by a park, Victoria Park, which separates it from the town, giving it the feel of a country beach, well almost, only with food and other beach necessities nearby.
Cobourg has two big beach events each year, the Waterfront Festival, on the Canada Day weekend, and the Sandcastle Festival, which is held in August.
For a bigger picture of Cobourg and Oshawa beaches, click on the photo and then on the button in the top right corner of the gallery photo.
Another great feature of Cobourg beach is it's only a five minute walk from the beach to Main Street and the shops. As with other towns where visitors are an important part of the town's life, the stores are cafes, restaurants, or gift and antiques stores for the most part. Everyday stores are on the outskirts of town nowadays in retail parks.
Another one of the fine beaches in Ontario is Port Elgin beach on Lake
Huron. Unlike Cobourg, it's more than a few minutes walk from the town
centre so it has a couple of restaurants close by that serve food,
drinks, and ice cream. There's one at the dockside and one at the south
end of the beach.
Like most Huron beaches, Port Elgin's has fine white, almost Florida-like, sand and a sunny western aspect. Afternoons and evenings are hot on these beaches.
Port Elgin is about 4 hours drive from Toronto and two from London so the visitors are mainly local people, cottagers or Americans off the boats in Port Elgin harbour. With plenty of competition from beaches like Sauble beach to the north, Port Elgin never gets too busy.
Oshawa beach, like Cobourg's is surrounded by a park, in this case Lakeview Park, and, of course, it comes with concession stands selling all the necessary beach food and drinks.
The beach is on Lake Ontario and faces south so it has the sun all day. It's quite a busy beach, with visitors from Oshawa and nearby Whitby, two good-sized cities, but big enough so it is never too crowded.
Having the park behind it helps too as there's plenty of space for football, soccer, volleyball, frisbees and the other summer sports.
Mara Provincial Park near Orillia has a small but popular beach. It's popular with landlubbers, who drive there from all around to enjoy the soft sand, volleyball and BBQs. The Provincial Park provides plenty of BBQ benches among the trees to shade during the heat of the day. As it's a Provincial park, there are no concession stands nearby so pack your cooler before you go.
Mara beach is also popular with boaters, who anchor just off-shore to enjoy the warm, shallow waters and the sandy bottom of the bay, as this picture shows.
And, after spending your day on this beach, you're handily placed for picking up a show or some gaming at nearby Casino Rama.
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