Wasaga Beach World's longest fresh-water beach!
Wasaga Beach is a favourite resort town that boasts the world’s longest fresh-water beach as well as numerous visitor services. Wasaga Beach Provincial Park is unique since it is located within the boundaries of the town as a day-use park. Its parabolic dune system is the largest in Ontario. Rare plants and animals such as the Piping Plover and Eastern Hognose Snake find refuge in the park. The Wasaga Nordic Trails offers scenic hiking through the dunes, and in winter, 30 km. of groomed cross-country ski trails including a chalet with rentals and refreshments.
The beach areas are numbered starting at the east end by the river mouth. Area 1 includes boat launching, fishing platforms, special events court and beach boardwalk. New Wasaga Beach and Allenwood Beach, on River Rd East, are favourite spots for windsurfing and kite boarding. Area 6 has an information centre, band gazebo, soccer pitch and tennis courts at the Oakview Woods recreation complex at 42nd St. Skateboard and bike parks with ramps, rails and dirt jumps, and a “Bark Park” for exercising dogs, are located beside the information centre. All beach areas have washrooms, picnic areas and bike paths. The east beach areas are generally the busiest and the more westerly beaches are quieter and more suitable for children.
Nancy Island Historic Site is located at Beach 2 on Mosley & 3rd St. The island in the Nottawasaga River marks the spot where the Nancy, a British cargo ship was attacked and sunk by American warships in 1814; her timbers are on display. The museum shows an award-winning video, exhibits and a replica of an early lighthouse on Tower Island, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily during summer or weekends during spring and fall. Regular event programs are held for the public throughout summer.
The Nottawasaga River is a scenic canoe route that is navigable 75 km. from Nicholston to Wasaga Beach. Fishing is best at the Oxbow or Montgomery Rapids in spring and fall when trout and salmon swim up the river. Edenvale Park has a picnic area and boat launch located at the bridge on Hwy 26. Klondike Sports Park also has a canoe launch further downstream. The river has phenomenal scenery along serpentine channels that cut through high sand dunes.
Wasaga 500 Go Karts is an amusement park made for family fun, located on County Road 92 just east of Wasaga Beach. Serpentine race tracks, baseball batting cages and a mini golf course provide hours of enjoyment for all ages.