Summer is in full effect, and our heads are filled with visions of warm days and sunny beaches. If you didn't get your tropical vacation this winter, you can indulge in some dreamy blue waters right here in Ontario. The province has some spectacular turquoise waters that will whisk you away to an island paradise. The best part is, you don't need to purchase a plane ticket. Ontario's blue water swimming spots will have you spending the entire season in your bathing suit.

Be sure to plan some warm-weather road trips to these blue gems.

Ontario has no shortage of lakes and spots to swim, but if you're looking for the clearest, picture-perfect water, you need to visit these locations.

The Grotto is one of the most famous spots in the province for stunning water views. You can explore the crystal clear waters of Cyprus lake and visit a vibrant turquoise pool inside a rocky cave.

Take a journey to Katherine Cove, where you can lie on sandy beaches and swim in the bluest waves. You can also adventure to the nearby Bathtub Island, which holds a dreamy pool of warm water you can relax in.

Little Cove

Price: Fees vary

Address: 240-242 Little Cove Rd., Tobermory, ON

Why You Need To Go: With a stunning rugged shoreline, this hidden cove offers some of the clearest, bluest water you'll find in the province.

Elora Quarry

Price: $10.50 per adult

Address: 319 Wellington County Rd. 18, Elora, ON

Why You Need To Go: This two-acre limestone quarry is encased by towering cliffs. You can lounge on the beach and float through the bright waters in the summer.

The Grotto

Price: Fees vary

Address: 469 Cyprus Lake Rd., Tobermory, ON

Why You Need To Go: The Grotto is one of the most popular places in the province to find dreamy blue waters. You can visit a dreamy pool inside a cave and swim in the clear waves along the shoreline.

Topaz Lake

Price: Fees vary

Address: 960 ON-637, Killarney, ON

Why You Need To Go: Located in Killarney Provincial Park, this secret lake boasts some of the bluest waters and most beautiful forest surroundings.

Katherine Cove

Price: Fees vary

Address: 96 Broadway Ave., Wawa, ON

Why You Need To Go: In Lake Superior Provincial Park, you'll find this dreamy cove with clear waters and fine sand. You can also visit Bathtub Island here, which is home to a warm pool of water warmed by the summer sun.

Canatara Beach

Price: Free

Address: Canatara Beach, Sarnia, ON

Why You Need To Go: With 3,000 feet of soft sand and shining blue waters, this will be your new favourite spot to bask in the sun.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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