For many of us, it’s the epitome of a perfect summertime experience. But in Prince Edward County, that classic beach might just get even better.
Let us help you find:
Beaches on a Map | Some of the Best Beaches | Free Beaches | Dog-Friendly Beaches | Hidden Beaches
Prince Edward County Beaches
With crystal-clear waters, soft sand and stunning natural surroundings, the beaches of Prince Edward County offer visitors a true escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The area is known to have some of the best beaches in Ontario.
For starters, The County’s location on the eastern end of Lake Ontario means that it benefits from clear, clean water that is ideal for swimming and water sports. Here, you’ll often see boaters, water skiers, jet skiers, kite boarders and swimmers making the most of the waves.
And don’t even get us started on the soft, white sand.
Swim. Sunbathe. Paddleboard. Or simply relax and enjoy the view. We promise: here, there’s something for everyone.
Let’s dive in, shall we? (See what we did there?).
Prince Edward County Beaches Map
If you’re planning Prince Edward County vacation and want to make the most of your beach experience, this map will help to kickstart your planning.
Mainly located along the south shore of the island facing Lake Ontario, each beach has its unique features and attractions, but they all share one thing in common: breathtaking natural beauty. An added bonus? Most of the beaches in The County are within easy reach of charming small towns and villages, such as Picton, Bloomfield and Wellington, so you can combine your beach trip with shopping, dining and exploring the local history and culture.
Some of the Best Beaches in Prince Edward County
The County boasts an impressive collection of beaches, each with its own unique charm and appeal. While the “best beach” is subjective, there are more than a few worth exploring. Here are a few of our top picks.
Sandbanks Provincial Park
On the shores of Lake Ontario lies Sandbanks Provincial Park, home to the province’s most famous beaches. Yes, you read that right: beaches. There are, in fact, three of them – and each one is worthy of a dip.
Outlet Beach is the most widely known. With its expansive, two-kilometre-long shoreline, soft, white sand and rolling waves, thousands flock here each summer. 750,000 of them, in fact.
A day-use-only beach, you’re required to book your visit in advance to guarantee entry, but it’s worth it. Why? Well, it’s perfect for pretty much anyone. From wee ones looking to build epic sand castles, to teens socializing with friends, to couples looking for a sandy, sunny escape, this is where they can come to do it.
An added bonus is that this rockless beach boasts warm, shallow waters, making it perfect for swimming and wading into the waves.
Lakeshore Beach, situated on the western shore of Lake Ontario, also has fine sand that gently slopes into the water.
Quieter and more secluded than Outlet Beach, this is where people looking for a more peaceful beach-going experience head to. An added bonus is the view. Quite often, you’ll see windsurfers pushing their endurance levels to the limit as they take on this graceful and challenging watersport.
Over on West Lake, you’ll find Dunes Beach. And it’s a sight to behold. Here, you’ll see dunes formed by glaciers during the last ice age – about 12,5000 years ago – stretching up 25 metres. While it’s just as busy as Outlet and Lakeshore Beaches, if you’re willing to wander away from the washrooms and main beach area, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to find a more secluded spot to relax and take in the views.
Whichever beach you choose to visit during your trip to Sandbanks Provincial Park, there are lots of things to do while you’re there if you need a break from the water.
Check out one of the park’s hiking trails. There are six to choose from, each varying in length and difficulty. But there are other options, as well, if you don’t feel like lacing up your hiking boots. Here are a few options to consider:
Biking: While there are no dedicated bicycle trails, you can explore along the campground’s roads.
Birding: During the spring and fall migration, you’ll be treated to great birding opportunities. Watch for killdeer, osprey, chickadees and more.
Boating: While you can’t zoom around near the swimming areas or the beaches, power boats are permitted on Lake Ontario, East and West Lake.
Fishing: East and West Lake are popular fishing lakes for Yellow Pickerel, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike and various pan fish.
The beaches at Sandbanks Provincial Park are a true paradise that you can’t miss if you’re visiting the area. The soft and pristine sand, sparkling waters and towering dunes create a breathtaking landscape that will leave you in awe. And with amenities like picnic areas, washrooms and ample parking, it’s a complete package for a perfect beach day.
Good to Know: Before you head out, it’s important to note that none of the beaches at Sandbanks Provincial Park have lifeguards. So parents, be prepared to keep a close eye on your children at all times.
North Beach Provincial Park
Just a short drive from its more famous neighbour, Sandbanks, North Beach Provincial Park is located within Consecon. It’s a friendly and historic village with shops, galleries and places to eat.
This beach offers 1,200 metres of sandy beach facing Lake Ontario and another 800 metres of sand beach on North Bay. Waters drop off gradually on the lake side and steeply on the bay side.
Here, you’ll find picnic tables and washroom facilities along the beach, making it ideal for a day trip destination. And with plenty of parking, you shouldn’t have too much trouble locating a spot to leave your vehicle for the day.
While you’re here, you can take advantage of other activities to give you a bit of a break from the sand. Try any of the following:
Birding: You could lay eyes on hawks, owls or turkey vultures.
Boating: If you have a motorboat, canoe or sailboat, you can launch from the park’s bay-side boat ramp.
Fishing: See if you can reel in a Largemouth Bass, Northern Pike, perch or sunfish.
Good to Know: Watch out for undertow conditions on Lake Ontario during windy days.
Wellington Rotary Beach
Wellington, a charming and quaint village situated on the northeastern shore of Lake Ontario in Prince Edward County, has a population of just over 1,800, making it a small but vibrant community.
The area boasts a rich history, stunning natural beauty, a thriving arts scene, and, of course, a great beach. Open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m., it offers a peaceful retreat from the crowds and closes when it reaches capacity.
You’ll love the boardwalk, which is popular among cyclists and walkers, as well as its washroom facilities, picnic table, benches, a pavilion and a boat launch.
You’re welcome to pack a picnic (or grab food from one of the area’s local restaurants), but leave your alcohol and barbecues at home.
Once you’re done with the beach, make sure you set aside some time to explore the village. It’s home to a great collection of galleries and studies, as well as some cozy cafes and incredible restaurants. Check out East & Main Bistro, the Drake Devonshire or Midtown Brewing Company.
Good to Know: An entrance fee of $10 per person is charged on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from the May long weekend until Labour Day. This fee is also collected seven days a week in July and August. This paid entry does not allow “in and out” privileges, so once you arrive, be ready to settle in for a while until you’re ready to leave.
Free Beaches in Prince Edward County
While many beaches in the area charge an admission fee, there are several free beaches available for you to enjoy, giving you the chance to experience the natural beauty of the area without breaking the bank.
Little Bluff Conservation Area
Little Bluff Conservation Area is a hidden gem in Prince Edward County, located on the north side of PEC’s south shore peninsula. It features a small rocky beach made up of limestone and shale, picnic areas and serene hiking trails that lead to a lookout point with stunning views of Lake Ontario.
It’s a great spot for nature lovers and those who want to escape the crowds and enjoy some quiet time by the water.
What makes Little Bluff Conservation Area unique is its natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere. The 20-metre high limestone cliff gives you a panoramic view of Prince Edward Bay, so make sure you bring your camera to get some epic shots of your stay in The County.
Check out this video, which gives you a sneak peek into what makes this beach so special.
Good to Know: While beach access is free, you’ll need to pay $5 to park your vehicle onsite. While you’re there, keep an eye out for The Barley Days Ruins, once used to store grain from the 1860s to the 1890s.
Roblin Lake Park
Ameliasburgh, the largest ward in The County, is home to the villages of Consecon, Carrying Place, Rednersville, Rossmore and the namesake village of Ameliasburgh.
Here, you can find Roblin Lake, a rare “lake within a lake.”
It’s a great spot to bring the kiddos, with a small beach, playground equipment, green space and a ball diamond all on-site.
While you’re in town, check out the Ameliasburgh Heritage Village, which has grown from one building in 1968, to a complex of museum buildings and displays. The main structure, built in 1868, once served as a Wesleyan Methodist Church. Over the years, several additional buildings have been added to the site, including a log cabin, display barns, an operational blacksmith shop, a carpenter’s shop, a sap shanty, dairy and beekeeping buildings, a general store and a large stone building housing the Goldie Corliss 18-foot flywheel.
Dog-Friendly Beaches in Prince Edward County
If you’re a dog owner, you know that your furry friend is more than just a pet. They’re a beloved member of your family.
Luckily, there are a few options in Prince Edward County that let you do just that. Here’s just a few to choose from:
- Lakeshore Beach – Look for the pet-friendly area near the south side of the beach.
- Wellington Rotary – They’ll love the rocky shores here, and walks through town. Just keep your pet leashed.
- Little Bluff Conservation Area – If you pup likes adventures, you’ll find them here. Just keep them on a leash.
- Sandbanks Provincial Park – The area’s most popular beach allows dogs on-leash at a portion of Outlet Beach.
Hidden Beaches in Prince Edward County
Prince Edward County, while well-known for its beautiful beaches, is also well-known for being a little crowded on hot summer days.
If you prefer to steer clear from the throngs of people, hidden beaches offer you the chance to escape the crowds and immerse yourself in the pristine natural beauty of the area.
Be warned: it comes with a cost. But it’s totally worth it.
The Beach Club at Wander the Resort
Teak daybeds. Tuuci umbrellas. Towel service. If we haven’t hooked you in, maybe this will: The Beach Club at Wander also gives you access to its new fully-licensed Sandbar and kitchen, Clubhouse Lounge and deck, where you can enjoy an iced coffee, snacks or refreshing, bubbly mimosas between your dips in the crystal-clear waters of West Lake.
If you really want to go all out, check out the Beach Club’s Cabana Package. You’ll get personalized service all day, a bottle of bubbly on ice and access to the Club’s new menu and drinks at its Sandbar.
The Lakeside Motel
Ok, so it’s not technically a beach. But it’s by the water, which is why we’re including it here.
Open from May 19 to September 15, The Lakeside Motel allows you to book a private cabana for two to six people, and enjoy a fully-stocked bar cart and bottle service. All cabanas come with their own fire pits when burn permits are granted.
Experience the Best Beaches in Ontario in Prince Edward County
The beaches in Prince Edward County are a must-visit destination for anyone looking to soak up some sun, sand and surf. With their crystal clear waters, soft sand and stunning vistas, these beaches offer an experience like no other.
Whether you’re looking to relax and unwind or enjoy some fun in the sun with family and friends, you won’t be disappointed. So pack your sunscreen and towels, and we’ll see you soon for a truly unforgettable adventure.