Be A Beach Bum

SWIM. LOUNGE. PLAY. REPEAT.

*For up-to-date COVID19 Updates, please check the Lambton Shores Website

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. Two dog-friendly beaches are located in Pinery Provincial Park.

GRAND BEND BEACH

Young boy playing on beach The largest beach in the area, Grand Bend’s Main Beach is family-friendly, and a short five minute walk to all the food kiosks, restaurants and stores on Main Street West.

This beach has had uninterrupted Blue Flag status since 2009. Blue Flag (BlueFlag.org) water quality 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 (open) and interactive accessible playground is located beside The Beach House, which offers public washrooms, change rooms, outdoor showers and elevator access to the observation deck. Enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk to the gazebo and pier. Due to COVID19 restrictions, beach volleyball courts and nets are not currently set up.

For safety reasons, barbequing, open fires and cooking and glass items are not allowed on the beach. There are height and placement restrictions on umbrellas. There’s absolutely NO TENTS of any description allowed on the beach for swimming safety reasons. 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 these handy beach usage and safety sheets: Beach Rules for a safe visit(pdf), Covid-19 Beach Visit Guidelines (pdf).

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.

Water quality is monitored Monday to Friday using “predictive models“. To get water quality reports, text the word “Beach” to 226-909-3003 or call the Beach InfoLine at 1-800-667-1839 extension 3816 or check the reports online.

Did You Know?

Paid parking helps off-set the cost of maintaining Blue Flag status and many of the Grand Bend Beach amenities that it the most popular in the area, including the cost of lifeguards,  daily beach cleaning, washrooms, water quality testing and Beach Patrol Staff.

PORT BLAKE BEACH

Port Blake beach *Please Note: In 2020, the Municipality of South Huron decided to close Port Blake due to COVID-19. Call or email ahead to ensure the park is open at the time of your trip (1-877-204-0747; [email protected])* Located at the north end of Grand Bend (intersection of Highway 21 and Dashwood Road/CR83), Port Blake offers a quieter stretch of sand with a bluff-top grassed picnic area with BBQs. Dogs are allowed on the beach and must be leashed with messes cleaned up. The park offers a picnic pavilion, washrooms, change rooms, playground equipment, BBQs and picnic tables. Open daily 9am to 9pm. Admission Victoria Day Weekend to Labour Day Weekend is $5 per person or $12 per car load. For more information visit www.southhuron.ca/port-blake-beach-day-park

BAYFIELD BEACH

Photo of Bayfield Beach courtesy Municipality of Bluewater Bayfield’s Beach (via Long Hill Road) is a short seven-minute walk to its picturesque Main Street and holds Blue Flag status (BlueFlag.org). The beach has drive-up access, limited parking, public washrooms, public phone and fully-equipped life-saving station. Located beside the marina, you can enjoy a stroll on the pier, a swim and relax on the sandy beach. Stunning lake views available from the scenic lookout in Pioneer Park (top of the bluff at Colina Street). Viewable south of the main beach is the shipwreck of the “Linda Hindman” steamboat.

IPPERWASH BEACH

Photo of Ipperwash Beach by JBaillie Ipperwash beach is one of the longest freshwater beaches in Ontario. Public washrooms and picnic areas near the beach are maintained by the Ministry of Natural Resources. There are no lifeguards on duty, so take extra caution to watch children. There’s no facility for overnight camping. Free parking is available in Ministry-owned lots off the beach on West Parkway Drive or East Parkway. Paid parking at and on the beach is available between Centre Sideroad, Kettle Point and West Ipperwash Road. No vehicles allowed on the beach between West Ipperwash Road to Ipperwash Road or East Parkway Drive.

PINERY PROVINCIAL PARK

Photo of Pinery Beach courtesy of Southwestern Tourism Corporation Pinery has nine day-use beaches, two of which are dog friendly. Pinery Provincial Park is located eight kilometres south of Grand Bend and boasts one of the most beautiful beaches in Ontario, offering day visits, camping and 10 kilometres of sandy beach and dunes. Two all-terrain wheelchairs are available for loan to provide accessibility to the beach and there are accessible ramps to the beach (call Park Visitor Centre at 519-243-1521).

*Due to COVID19, the following facilities are closed: rentals (canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, pedal boats, as well as all-terrain wheelchairs), the visitor centre, and picnic shelters.

BEACH WATER QUALITY INFOLINES:

  • Lambton County (Grand Bend & South) 519-383-3816
  • Huron County (Port Blake & North): 1-888-221-2135, hpph.ca

FLAG SYSTEM

Swim hazard flags are posted on the lifeguard chairs. No flags are posted when lifeguards are not present.

  • Green Flag – Good conditions, no unusual hazards. Lifeguard on duty.
  • Yellow Flag – Caution. Moderate hazard. Rough water and strong current and/or strong offshore wind. 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.
  • Red & Yellow Flag – Limit of supervised swimming area. Swim between flags.
  • No Flag – No lifeguard on duty.
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BEACH CHART

Beach & AmenityBayfield Main Beach
(Blue Flag)
Grand Bend Beach
(Blue Flag)
Ipperwash BeachPinery Provincial
Park
Port Blake CA
Park
Stanley Pavilion
Beach
Accessible
Boardwalk
Change Rooms
Concession Stand
Dog Friendly
Elevator
Lifeguards
Parking / Entry Fee
Picnic Tables
Playground Equip.
Public Phone
Scenic Lookout
Showers
Splash Pad
Sports Facilities
Volleyball Nets
Washrooms

Notes

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.