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
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.
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
PINERY PROVINCIAL PARK
*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
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.
|Beach & Amenity||Bayfield Main Beach|
|Grand Bend Beach|
|Ipperwash Beach||Pinery Provincial|
|Port Blake CA|
|Parking / Entry Fee||✔||✔||✔|
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.