Ontario is begging to be explored this summer and so are its beaches. Forget the crowded shores and busy waters, here’s our next recommendation and it’s a secluded taste of paradise – Horseshoe Beach in Pukaskwa National Park.

Though this is nowhere near being day-trip worthy considering its closest Canadian border is Manitobia, it’s worth exploring if you happen to be in Thunder Bay. It’s an 11 hour drive from Toronto and about a three hours drive east of Thunder Bay.

According to Destination Ontario, Pukaskwa National Park is Ontario’s largest national park and is famous for its dense boreal forests and gorgeous views of Lake Superior.

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Outdoor enthusiasts will find six fun and remote hiking trails – some easier than others. For your beach day adventure, take the 2 KM Beach Trail, which guides you along three beaches of the park, including Horseshoe Beach.

This beautiful beach is “secluded by boreal forest and flanked with rolling granite,” says Parks Canada. It’s known for its calm, protected waters that are perfect to relax in after an exhausting hike.

This tucked-away beach offers golden sand and refreshing emerald lake water. It’s described as an “idyllic summer getaway on the shores of Lake Superior,” per Parks Canada.

“Lake Superior laps against golden sand secluded by boreal forest and flanked with rolling granite. Smooth driftwood scatters the shores. Sandcastles beg to be built.”

Though it’s open for the season, it’s usually very popular in July and August – with reason.

Pukaskwa National Park is a nature lover’s paradise, with endless opportunities for hiking, camping, and observing wildlife.

Need more ideas? The park is also home to the popular White River suspension bridge across a roaring waterfall.

The scenery alone will make you want to come back and we don’t blame you. Ontario’s great outdoors are absolutely beautiful.

Horseshoe Beach

When: Open until mid-October 2024
Where: Pukaskwa National Park, Heron Bay, Ontario