Summer is all about soaking up the sun any chance that you can. We all need to take full advantage of this nice summer weather cause once the leaves start to change colour, winter will take over (and we all know how long that lasts). Whether you spend your days out walking or out having picnics, taking in the summer sun is a must. 

Beaches are great places to go to embrace the summer weather. Ontario is filled with so many beautiful lakes and rivers, this summer is your chance to explore them all. Be sure to check each beaches website to ensure whether or not you can bring dogs or alcohol. Pack your sunscreen, towels, and some delicious snacks cause it's time to discover these hidden Ontario beaches. 

Southampton Beach

Where: 49 High Street

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You will immediately feel like you've transported to the coast of California for the day at this stunning beach. The sandy beach stretches over 4 kilometres and has relatively shallow waters. The waterfront is fitted with a boardwalk, benches, playgrounds, and food stalls. The pretty white sands are perfect for a day of laying out in the sun.

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Pancake Bay Provincial Park 

Where: 12729 Hwy 17N, Batchawana Bay

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This pretty beach is located on Lake Superior in Algoma Country. It has more than 3 kilometres of sandy beaches and Caribbean blue water. There are plenty of campsites near this beach, so why not make your trip here a complete summer camping trip?!

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Ipperwash Beach

Where: Lambton Shores

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If you love clear water beaches then you need to visit Ipperwash Beach. This is one of the longest freshwater beaches in all of Ontario. The waters are shallow making it a perfect place for some quick swims.

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Bathtub Island

Where: Lake Superior Provincial Park

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A truly hidden gem. Bathtub Island is located in Lake Superior Provincial Park and it is heavenly. The name of the island comes from the fact that water is enclosed within rocks, making it a massive bathtub of crystal clear water. If you have never been here, this summer is your chance to check it out.

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Old Woman Bay

Where: Algoma

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Old Woman Bay offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Lake Superior shoreline. Its sandy beach is cradled by forested cliffs and tall hills that tower more than 400 feet above the lake. If you wish to hike up and see the beach from a higher view, there are many options available.

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Pukaskwa National Park

Where: Heron Bay

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The Pukaskwa National Park is surrounded by towering cliffs and secluded sandy beaches. To get to these secluded beaches may take a hike, so be sure to bring some sneakers with you. The sandy shores of Horseshoe Beach and emerald water will make each summertime memory fun and colourful.

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Elora Quarry 

Where: 319 Wellington County Road 18

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Elora Quarry is a summer quarry perfect for a day in the sun. The quarry is encircled by sheer cliffs that are up to 12 metres high! The tree-covered park has spots to picnic and enjoy nature's beauty. You will be in awe of the pretty quarry throughout your day.

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Flowerpot Island

Where: Northern Bruce Peninsula

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Flowerpot Island will 100% make you feel like you've travelled out of the country. The island is famous for its natural rock pillars that are shaped like flower pots. There are plenty of caves and rare plants at this beautiful island in Ontario. Most visitors take a tour boat from the town of Tobermory to the island for a day filled with fun in the sun.

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Rock Lake

Where: Algonquin Provincial Park

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Rock Lake is a secluded beach that also serves as an RV campsite. The beach is backed by a gorgeous vista of forested rock hills perfect for any outdoors lover. This lake is super hidden and secluded so you are sure to enjoy your time here.

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Pinery Provincial Park

Where: 9526 Lakeshore Road

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This Ontario park has a breathtakingly beautiful 10 kilometre sand beach on the shores of Lake Huron. The park is full of hiking paths and boardwalk trails. The sunsets at this beach were ranked among the top 10 best sunset's in the world according to the National Geographic!

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Cyprus Lake

Where: Bruce Peninsula National Park

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Cyprus Lake is absolutely stunning. The water at this lake is crystal clear and perfect for a summer day. This lake in Tobermory is absolutely stunning, making it clear why they named it Cyprus Lake, it straight up looks like Europe. Escape from reality and visit this stunning lake. Be sure to also find the Grotto cave for an unreal photo.

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Sandbanks Provincial Park

Where: 3004 County Road

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Sandbanks Provincial Park has the world's largest baymouth barrier dune formation. There are three sandy beaches within this stunning Ontario park. The waters are shallow and perfect for a dip in the waters to cool off. It's a great place to go to before exploring Prince Edward County.

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Batchawana Bay

Where: 12729 Highway 17N

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Batchawana Bay offers outstanding views of Lake Superior. It's the perfect spot to completely immerse yourself in natures beauty. This bay has some of the warmest waters in Lake Superior because of it's relatively shallow waters. There are plenty of campgrounds and cottages nearby so this beach can make a great summer getaway.

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Tottenham Conservation Area

Where: 6787 4th Line, Tottenham

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This small secluded beach is perfect for a weekend getaway. Tottenham Conservation Area is a spacious sandy beach surrounded by 41 acres of parkland. The space allows for exciting activities, from beach volleyball to picnics to nature walks, you will enjoy your time at this hidden beach.

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