If you’re craving sun-kissed sand, sparkling waters, and a tranquil escape from the city, you’re in for a treat. We’ve scoured our province to bring you a list of the most enchanting hidden beaches near Toronto.
So grab your shades, pack a picnic, and join us as we embark on a sandy adventure to uncover the secret shores that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Let’s dive in and explore the hidden beaches near Toronto that are waiting to be discovered!
Darlington Provincial Park
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.
Where: 1600 Darlington Park Rd, Bowmanville
Gibraltar Point Beach
This first white sand beach is located right here in the city.
Tucked away from the crowds at Centre Island is the peaceful sandy strip known as Gibraltar Point Beach.
You’ll find it on the southwest end of the island, on the connecting strip between Hanlan’s Point and Centre Island.
It’s named after the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, which is an iconic Toronto landmark with a fascinating (and haunted!) history.
Willow Beach Conservation Area
This is one of the quieter beaches in the Georgina area of Lake Simcoe, which is just over an hour’s drive from Toronto.
You can lay out on the pristine white sand with views of boats floating on the calm blue water.
The nearby town of Jackson’s Point has a few charming restaurants and an ice cream parlour, and De La Salle Park has beach volleyball courts.
Where: 1506 Metro Rd N, Willow Beach, Ontario
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Located in Milton, Kelso Beach is the place to go for an off-beat adventure. The lifeguarded beach has pristine sand and glittering water, and it’s just one of many things to do in the conservation area.
Kelso also has an extensive network of trails that can be used for hiking or mountain biking, as well as calm waters for paddling and a boardwalk.
Where: 5234 Kelso Road, Milton
Located in Barrie, Johnson’s Beach is a quieter spot to enjoy the sand and sun away from the crowds.
Johnson’s Beach is a two-acre wedge of sandy expanse with beautiful views of the shoreline and the city of Barrie.
The waters are open for swimming from late June until mid-August.
Where: Barrie, Ontario
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