SWIM. LOUNGE. PLAY. REPEAT.
SEEKING ALL BEACH BUMS! Boasting some of the BEST BEACHES in Ontario and one of the BEST SUNSETS in the world, the Lake Huron shoreline from Ipperwash to Grand Bend to Bayfield offer beachgoers clean water, safe swimming, water sports and endless stretches of sand.
With 66 kilometres of Lake Huron’s shoreline from Bayfield to Ipperwash, you can bask on 20 area beaches, while the kids build sandcastles and collect shells. Two dog-friendly beaches are located in Pinery Provincial Park.
GRAND BEND BEACH
Blue Flag (BlueFlag.org) water quality status means your family is assured of safe, consistent swimmable water for a weekend getaway or vacation. The addition of an accessible beach mat from the boardwalk to the shoreline provides wheelchair users access to the water and makes it easier to get to for those with strollers. Lifeguards are on duty mid-June to Labour Day, Monday to Thursday noon to 6pm and Friday through Sundays and Holiday Mondays 11am to 7pm.
A children’s accessible splash pad and interactive accessible playground is located beside The Beach House, which offers public washrooms, change rooms, outdoor showers, concession and elevator access to the observation deck. Beach volleyball courts and nets are setup mid-June to mid-September. Enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk to the gazebo and pier.
For safety reasons, barbequing, open fires and cooking and glass items are not allowed on the beach. There are height and placement restrictions on shade tents and umbrellas. There’s also no camping or driving on the beach. Dogs are restricted to parking lot and concreted areas only. Sorry, no dogs on the beach May 1 to September 30. Leashed dogs can be on the north and south beach areas 6am to 8am and from 8pm to 11pm. Download the Beach Safety Sheet.
All Grand Bend Beach Lifeguards are certified through the Lifesaving Society and tested annually on waterfront rescues. Beach Patrol provides public education, patrols the beach by foot and in towers, inspects the beach for hazards, administers first aid, searches for missing people and performs water rescues.
Grand Bend offers a FREE life jacket lending program! Visit the Beach Concession Stand to borrow a life jacket. All you need to do is leave a piece of identification with the concession staff and return the life jacket by 6 pm the same day you borrow it.
Did You Know?
Paid parking helps off-set the cost of lifeguards and all the beach amenities your family enjoys at Grand Bend’s Main Beach. You make it possible!
PORT BLAKE BEACH
PINERY PROVINCIAL PARK
YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS
- Canada Day, Grand Bend Beach – July 1, 2020
- Summer Sunset Sounds, Grand Bend Beach – Sundays or Holiday Mondays in July & August
- Wednesday Familiar Favourites concerts, Grand Bend Beach
See Festivals & Events for dates, times and details.
BEACH WATER QUALITY INFOLINES:
- Lambton County (Grand Bend & South) 519-383-3816 / 1-800-667-1839, lambtonhealth.on.ca
- Huron County (Port Blake & North): 1-877-837-6143 ext. 2501. @huronbeachinfo, huronhealthunit.ca
Swim hazard flags are posted on the lifeguard chairs. No flags are posted when lifeguards are not present.
- No Flag – No lifeguard on duty.
- Red Flag – Danger, high hazard. Extreme wave action and/or currents and/or E.coli count over 100/100 mL of beach water. Swimming not recommended. Lifeguard on duty.
- Yellow Flag – Caution. Moderate hazard. Rough water and strong current and/or strong offshore wind. Lifeguard on duty.
- Red & Yellow Flag – Limit of supervised swimming area. Swim between flags.
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Pinery Provincial Park: Beach 8 – Barrier-free boardwalk; Beach 1 & 2 – Dog-friendly; Beach 3 – Public Phone; two all-terrain wheelchairs available. Rentals – bike, canoe, kayak, paddle-boat, ski and snowshoe. Flush toilets – Beach 3, 8 & 9.
Stanley Pavilion Beach and Houston Heights Beach: access via staircase.
Howard Street Beach: site of shipwrecked “Linda Hindman” steamboat (villageofbayfield.com/shipwreck/)