Wasaga Beach is in Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada. It is located along the southern end of Georgian Bay, approximately two hours north of Toronto. To the west, Collingwood and The Blue Mountains also attract visitors much of the year due to the Blue Mountain ski resort. Situated along the longest freshwater beach in the world, Wasaga Beach is a popular summer tourist destination and more than 2 million people visit each year.
Wasaga Beach Provincial Park is a small recreational area consisting of the eight beaches with 14 kilometres of beach. The park is available for day use only. Its area totals 1,844 hectares of which 6.8 hectares are protected. The park is a habitat for birds, primarily for shorebirds including the endangered piping plover. Hiking trails of over 50 kilometres are available. In winter, they are used for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The visitor centre provides access to the Nancy Island Historic Site with a theatre, a museum and a lighthouse.
An unusual aspect of the town compared to other Ontario Cottage country communities, is that most of the summer homes are non-waterfront and are closely spaced on an extensive grid of side streets within the town itself. This is a wonderful environment for walking and cycling.
There are several elementary schools: Worsley, Birchview Dunes, and St. Noel Chabanel (Catholic); and a private school, Silvercrest Christian School. There are no high schools in town. Buses transport over 760 students to high schools located outside the town, in Stayner, Elmvale, and Collingwood.
Schools in Wasaga Beach:
- Birchview Dunes Elementary School
- Worsley Elementary School
- St Noel Chabanal Elementary School