Summer weather is officially here and if you’re craving a beach day, this is your sign to check out a lesser-known destination in Durham Region called Darlington Beach.

The long sandy beach is located in Darlington Provincial Park in the Clarington region, which is just east of Oshawa and a quick 45-minute drive from Toronto.

The provincial park describes itself as a “hidden gem,” and based on the gorgeous views, activities, and amenities, we’d have to agree

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“Darlington offers a beautiful stretch of sandy beach, perfect for swimming, on the shores of Lake Ontario,” says the park’s website.

In addition to swimming and sunbathing, there’s also fishing, canoeing, camping, bird-watching, picnicking, boating, and tons of hiking to do at Darlington.

The region of Clarington is actually part of Durham Region and is made up of several communities, including Bowmanville, Courtice, Newcastle, and Orono.

The area has a country feel with rural farms and rolling hills, but is quickly transforming with many places to stroll around, shop, and dine.

A short drive east of Darlington is the town of Cobourg, which has a sprawling sandy beach backed by a boardwalk with picnic areas, a snack bar, and a splash pad.


According to Ontario Parks, the cost of a Day Use permit depends on the time of the year whether it be on or off-season, and by park. Entry fees for vehicles start at $12.25. “For park-specific fees, please contact the park directly.”

It’s the season of exploration here in Ontario, and there are so many lesser-known beaches waiting to be discovered!

Darlington Provincial Park

Where: 1600 Darlington Park Rd, Bowmanville