Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
From: May To: Thanksgiving
Hours: Visitor Centre - spring & fall: weekends 10 am-6 pm; Victoria Day-Labour Day: daily 10 am-6 pm
Wasaga Beach Provincial Park is unique since it is located within the boundaries of the town as a day-use park. Its parabolic dune system is the largest in Ontario. Rare plants and animals such as the Piping Plover and Eastern Hognose Snake find refuge in the park. The beach areas are numbered starting at the east end by the river mouth. Area 1 includes boat launching, fishing platforms, special events court and beach boardwalk. New Wasaga Beach and Allenwood Beach, on River Road East, are favourite spots for windsurfing and kite boarding. Area 6 has an information centre, band gazebo, soccer pitch and tennis courts at the Oakview Woods recreation complex at 42nd Street. Skateboard and bike parks with ramps, rails and dirt jumps, and a “Bark Park” for exercising dogs, are located beside the information centre. All beach areas have washrooms, picnic areas and bike paths. The east beach areas are generally the busiest and the more westerly beaches are quieter and more suitable for children. Non-swimmers can borrow personal flotation vests at park gatehouses.
Nancy Island Historic Site is located at Beach 2 on Mosley & 3rd Street. The island in the Nottawasaga River marks the spot where the Nancy, a British cargo ship was attacked and sunk by American warships in 1814; her timbers are on display. The museum shows an award-winning video, exhibits and a replica of an early lighthouse on Tower Island, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily during summer or weekends during spring and fall. Regular event programs are held for the public throughout summer. Junior Naturalist Programs are held Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Spirit Shows are held Thursdays at 8 p.m.. In mid-August, Wasaga Under Siege re-enacts the War of 1812 battles with costumed soldiers, ships, cannonfire and a Sutlers' Camp that demonstrates heritage skills and crafts.
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