It’s starting to get warm once again in Ontario and if you’re in need of some weekend ideas, we got you covered! There’s a lovely beach with a cove that’s tucked away down this coastline in Ontario. Though you’ll need to travel down to Sarnia for this adventure, it’s totally worth it. Here’s why you should add Canatara Beach to your summer bucket list.

About a three-hour drive, more or less, west from Toronto is where you’ll find Sarnia’s Canatara Beach. This sandy spot is located within Canatara Park and is about a kilometre long, down the shore of Lake Huron.

The beach was recently given the prestigious Blue Flag Canada award which is given to ” beaches and marinas that meet high environmental, safety, and cleanliness standards.” Only 16 beaches in Canada were recognized this year.

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On top of that, the beach has rubber mat walkways in an effort to make it more accessible for those using wheelchairs or strollers, and accessible chairs.

As you spend your day at the beach, soaking up some sun and cooling off by the shore, you might want to know that there’s actually a swimming hole tucked away at the western end.

According to Destination Ontario, the cove is “secluded from the currents of Lake Huron, but it’s also nestled away from the crowds at Canatara Beach.”

“Walk over to the beach for snacks and ice cream before settling into this peaceful spot for a picturesque dip and stay for Lake Huron’s legendary sunsets,” suggests Destination Ontario.

Besides the beach, the park itself is the most well-known in all of Sania as it has rentable picnic pavilions and spaces, a concert stage near the beach, a BMX and Bike Track, and many paved and unpaved trails.

There’s no entry fee for the park but parking payment may be required.

If you have some space left on that summer bucket list of yours, add Canatara Beach and explore all it has to offer.

Canatara Beach

Where: 1200 Lake Chipican Drive, Sarnia, ON
When: Park hours from 5 AM to midnight