6 Dreamy Beach Towns Near Toronto With Quaint Streets & Soft Sand Shores To Visit This Summer

Sand, sun, and small town vibes. ☀️

Associate Editor
Person holding an ice cream cone. Right: Aerial shot of Goderich, Ontario.

Person holding an ice cream cone. Right: Aerial shot of Goderich, Ontario.

Beach days are just around the corner and there are so many cute beach towns near Toronto to visit this summer. These small towns have crystal waters, quaint shops, delicious food and more.

From villages with East Coast vibes to places with sandy white shores, these destinations make for an idyllic summer escape. Don't forget to pack your sunscreen!

Sauble Beach

Address: Sauble Beach, ON

Why You Need To Go: Home to 7 kilometres of white sand beach, this cute town has all the summer vibes. You can explore sweet local shops or head to Heydays Restaurant for all the beach resort feels.

Sauble Beach website

Fort Erie

Address: Fort Erie, ON

Why You Need To Go: Fort Erie is a day trip away from Toronto and features several attractions to enjoy. One highlight is the region of Crystal Beach, which offers sandy shores and quaint restaurants.

Fort Erie website


Address: Goderich, ON

Why You Need To Go: Dubbed "Canada's prettiest town," Goderich is a stunning place to spend a summer day. The octagon-shaped downtown boasts cafes and shops and there is a sandy shoreline where you can soak up some sun.

Goderich website

Port Stanley

Address: Port Stanley, ON

Why You Need To Go: You'll feel like you're visiting the East Coast with a trip to this dreamy beach town. Port Stanley is a "historical working fishing and tourist village" with warm, crystal waters and sandy beaches.

Port Stanley website

Port Elgin

Address: Port Elgin, ON

Why You Need To Go: Six white sand beaches and historic streets await at this Ontario beach town. Port Elgin is home to 3 kilometres of beaches and scenic walking trails that make it ideal for a summer day trip.

Port Elgin website


Address: Cobourg, ON

Why You Need To Go: With a scenic harbour, pristine beach, and a charming downtown area, this is a beautiful spot for a summer adventure.

Cobourg website

Before you get going, check out our Responsible Travel Guide so you can be informed, be safe, be smart, and most of all, be respectful on your adventure.

Madeline Forsyth
Associate Editor
Madeline Forsyth is an Associate Travel Editor for Narcity Media focused on Canadian and global travel and is based in Toronto, Ontario.