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8 Island Beaches In Ontario You Can Visit For A Mini Summer Vacay

Turquoise waters and sandy shores await.

Not all island getaways require a plane ticket — these island beaches in Ontario will have you feeling like you've taken a trip down south.

Pack up your beach bag, put on your swimsuit and get ready to spend the day as if you're on vacation at these dreamy islands.

Big Sandy Bay

Price: $10 + per adult

When: Until September 6, 2021

Address: Big Sandy Bay, Wolfe Island, ON

Why You Need To Go: Hop on a ferry and explore this stunning beach on Wolfe Island. The beach lies at the end of a 1.3-kilometre trail through a forest, and it's about a half-hour trip to and from the ferry dock on bicycle.

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Toronto Island Beaches

Price: $8.19 ferry fee per adult

Address: Toronto Islands, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can enjoy a mini vacay just outside of the city at the Toronto Island Beaches. With sandy shores and views of the skylines, it's a beautiful place to go during the warmer months.

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Beachy Cove

Price: $7.90 per adult + ferry fee

Address: Flowerpot Island, ON

Why You Need To Go: Situated on breathtaking Flowerpot Island, this rocky cove boasts turquoise waters that will make you feel like you're in the Caribbean. The island is accessible by boat only, and you can hop on board in Tobermory.

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Bathtub Island

Price: Prices vary

When: May 7, 2021, to October 24, 2021

Address: 96 Broadway Ave., Wawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: Dubbed "Bathtub Island," this basin-like rock in Lake Superior Provincial Park is filled with water, and it's a unique place to take a dip.

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Providence Bay Beach

Price: Free

Address: Mutchmor Street, Central Manitoulin, ON

Why You Need To Go: Featuring a boardwalk and sandy shores, this Manitoulin Island beach is a beautiful spot to spend your summer days. The island can be reached by road or by taking the MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry during the summer season.

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Sand Beach Wetlands Conservation Area

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Price: Free, $10 ferry fee

Address: Concession Road 3, Stella, ON

Why You Need To Go: Surrounded by dune habitats and wetlands, this beach on Amherst Island is a dreamy spot to visit.

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Lighthouse Point Provincial Park

Price: Prices vary

Address: Pelee Island, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can take a dip in shining waters and discover the one of the oldest lighthouses in Canada at this Pelee Island park.

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Petrie Island Beach

Price: $2 parking fee for 5 hours

Address: 795 Trim Rd., Orléans, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can find two large beaches on this island near Ottawa. Complete with picnic spots and shaded areas, you can spend the day relaxing like you're on vacation.

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