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Wasaga Beach (Wasaga Beach)

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Longest freshwater beach

Wasaga Beach is 14 kms long. What makes it so popular is that pretty much everywhere along the strip of beach, a 6-year-old can walk 100 metres into the lake and still maintain her head out of the water. Being this shallow, the water never gets as cold as the pristine water of Georgian Bay everywhere else. (On the other hand, not the best place is you want a serious swim!). There are six beach areas served by public parking lots. Beach Area 1 is the hot spot with cars strolling on the waterfront street, restaurants, ice cream parlours, beach shops, pierced navels and loud music. There used to be water slides by Beach Area 2 but they're currently renovating this section. (The company Beachfront Developments bought close to 20 properties along the strip after a big fire in 2007 but a major project of waterfront development they planned for that part of the beach stalled in 2008.) Beach Area 3 is narrower, and Beach Area 4's sand was not in the best shape when we visited. Beach Area 5 (accessible from 36th Street) is your best bet with a young family. There's an original playground amidst the trees not far from the beach (a nice way to cool down), and it is way less crowded than popular Beach Area 1. I noticed many large rocks popping out from the water in Beach Area 6, for a different kind of fun.

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