Spending the day at the lake is at the top of our list of favourite things to do in Northern Ontario. And we're really lucky in Algoma Country because our region is home to many beautiful, secluded beaches that are just the perfect place for a swim to cool off, and sunbathers wanting to bask in the warmth of the sun. Below are just 10 awesome drive-to beaches in Algoma that you'll want to cool off at this summer.
Katherine Cove, Lake Superior Provincial Park
The fine sandy beach and blue-green water at this beach resembles one you'd find on a tropical island but instead you're on Lake Superior. This is a great place to swim, build sandcastles and have a picnic.
Quick Facts: day-use, parking permit required, shallow water, public washrooms, great for families with small children
Nearby: Agawa Rock Pictographs Trails
Where to Stay: find accommodations
For more information: Lakesuperiorpark.ca
This beach is on a peaceful, secluded inland lake behind the town of Bruce Mines, and was named during the 1900s during the old copper mining days. The drive is very scenic as the back roads take you through farmland. This is a great place to swim and have a BBQ (a camping-sized one is best). But what's really nice about this beach is that you could have the entire beach to yourself all day -- it's that awesomely secluded.
Nearby: accommodations, restaurants, chip truck and unique shops in Bruce Mines, The Rock Lake Overlook
Sandy Beach is one of the most spectacular views in the Wawa area with a beautiful sandy beach framed by rugged cliffs on Lake Superior. The beach is just 10 minutes from the famous Wawa Goose Monument. You can take a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk, go for a swim and sunbathe. A must do is to visit the storytelling pavilion that teaches visitors about the First Nations who settled the area, famous artists who spent time on Lake Superior, and more.
What's close by: waterfalls, hiking trails, restaurants, accommodations
Pointe des Chenes
Growing up, this was the beach my family frequented during the summer so this beach holds many fond family memories for me! Pointe des Chenes is very family-friendly with a beautiful sandy shore, perfect for building sandcastles, swimming, and sunbathing. Its location makes it a great spot to take a picnic to watch the sunset, or watch the lake freighters go by.
Quick Facts: change room and washroom facilities, convenience store, close to Sault Ste. Marie and amenities.
For more information: www.saulttourism.com
Women's Institute Park
St. Joseph Island is a wonderful place to vacation in Algoma and has numerous beaches. One beach in particular that comes to mind is the Women's Institute Park in Richards Landing. This day-use park offers a sandy beach, playground, tennis courts and picnic pavilion. The WI Park is right in town so it's close to restaurants, shops, and if you want to really explore – rent a bicycle at the Richards Landing Marina.
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This is an exceptional beach for picnics and the perfect place for families with small children because the water is shallow and considered to be the warmest water on Lake Superior! This day-use provincial park is located on Highway 17. We recommend you book your stay in Batchawana Bay at one of the motels, cottages, or campgrounds.
Quick Facts: day-use, washroom facilities, parking permit required, picnic tables, children's playground and boats can be rented nearby.
Nearby: Voyageur's Lodge & Cookhouse, Lake Shore Salzburger Hof Resort, Agawa Crafts & The Canadian Carver
Lake Lauzon Beach
This is a pretty public beach located right off Highway 17 in Algoma Mills and a great spot for swimming, fishing and boating. Lake Lauzon is an inland lake with breathtaking views of rugged landscape and a good spot for wildlife viewing. You will love spending the day at this beach!
Quick Facts: playground equipment, washroom facilities, picnic tables, BBQ pits, parking.
Nearby: Lake Lauzon Resort, Blind River
If you really want to blend in with locals, Harmony Beach is the place for you. This a really nice public beach with a sandy shoreline, good swimming and sunbathing. Bring a picnic lunch or eat at one of the local restaurants. There are also two lookouts across the highway that overlook Harmony Beach and Havilland Bay that are part of the Voyageur Hiking Trail.
Nearby: McCauley's Motel & Restaurant
This is one of two beaches located on the shores of inland Elliot Lake. It's easily accessible and close to restaurants and amenities. Spruce Beach has a sandy beach shoreline where you'll want to toss off your sandals to walk barefoot to feel the warm sand between your toes. This beach has supervised swim area, playground, picnic areas, washroom facilities, parking.
For more information: Tourism Elliot Lake
Nearby: Mississagi Provincial Park
Old Woman Bay
Step out onto the glorious sandy beach and look up to the craggy rock cliffs – you'll be able to see the face of an old woman. It's truly amazing! This beach is situated on Lake Superior and what you may find interesting about Lake Superior is that the water is quite cool even on the most sultry summer days – it's very refreshing!
Quick Facts: Day-use park, parking permit required, picnic areas, washroom facilities
Nearby: hiking trails, Wawa
More Beaches in Algoma:
Johnson's Lake Park - Hearst, Ontario
When you're staying in Hearst visit this beach that is just 1km from the downtown. The part features a supervised beach, playground, picnic area and campsites.
Learn more: www.hearst.ca
Beech Beach Park - Joceyln Township, St. Joseph Island
This pretty park has a white sand beach, great for swimming and having a picnic.
Learn more: www.jocelyntownship.com
Horsehoe Beach - Pukaskwa National Park
One of our best kept secrets, this sandy beach on the shores of Lake Superior is located in the National Park and accessed from the boardwalk at Hattie's Cove Campground.
Learn more: www.pc.gc.ca
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