When most people think about Wasaga Beach they picture a long sandy
beach, a day of swimming, and a picnic supper with the family.
Picture acres of sandy beach, warm clean water shallow enough for
the children to play in, and plenty of space to relax, and prepare a
picnic. There are even
stores, restaurants, and take-out food and drinks available in one part of
the beach. But this is not
all Wasaga Beach has to offer; It is a town and has all the features, and
more activities and entertainment than most.
If you are spending several days there you could easily do
something different every day and still not see everything.
day on the beach could mean more than swimming. There are many wind and water sports. For a taste of adventure you could rent a ski-doo or take
wakeboard lessons. You could also try game fishing or rent a canoe and
explore some of the routes available.
If you looking for fun in the water that the children will really
enjoy, try one of
the two waterparks. Waterworld
Main Park is located on River Road West beside the Chamber of Commerce and
offers a kiddie playland, speed slides, water slides, and paddle boats
among other things. The other
waterpark is on the waterfront between Beach areas one and two and
features four high speed slides, and an 18-hole mini-putt between the
different afternoon the whole family could enjoy is a visit to Rounds
Ranch Farm, 4 km east of Wasaga Beach on County Road 92. Here you can make your way through the 435,000 square feet of
trails through a cornfield maze. Other
attractions include: horse or tractor drawn wagon rides, pedal carts, a
giant straw maze, a roped tree maze and many more.
There is also a farmers' market offering fresh eggs, meats, home
baking, produce and preserves.
Your family may also try having a paintball adventure. This is a
newer, exciting game played with gas operated markers shooting
biodegradable gelatin capsules filled with water-soluable, non toxic
paint. You attempt to eliminate your opposition by hitting them with a
paint ball. Wasaga Beach has
a 60 acre wooded playing field.
For those who like hiking or cycling, there are several trails you
can follow. All have easy
access to commercial centers and beaches.
You may want to try the Nordic trails located in a 500 hectare dune
area. It is a combination of
ridges, swales, various dune features and rare plant life.
Because it is sensitive to human disturbances it has been set aside
as a nature reserve zone. Also,
for the nature lover, there is a 17 kilometer portion of the Ganaraska
Trail that runs through town. It
offers an opportunity to see wildlife including the endangered Eastern
Go-Karts, fishing, canoeing, a golf course and several other more
common attractions are also there. Or
if you would like to spend a day someplace else for change Barrie,
Collingwood, Elmvale Zoo, and Midland, are all less than a half hour away.
But by far the biggest attraction, whether you are at the beach or
just taking a day trip to the area, the one thing you don’t want to miss
is Nancy Island.
historic site was named after the HMS Nancy that was destroyed there in
1814 by the Americans during the war of 1812.
During this time the Nottawasaga River was used as a supply route
for the Royal British Navy. The
Nancy was a British schooner that was pursued by 3 larger American vessels
that attacked her until she caught fire and sank.
As time passed her hull became covered with silt which created a
small island. In 1925 the
hull was discovered and when the Provincial and Dominion Governments
became interested in the site it was raised and placed on the island.
On August 14, 1928 the Nancy Museum was opened to commemorate the
The hull can still be seen in front of the museum, which is
designed to resemble the sails of the schooner.
Some of the items in the museum include: artifacts of the battle, a
reconstruction of the engine room of the Great Lakes steamer, and
information and video re-enactments of
between the Canadians and Americans.
The museum offers regular guided and self guided tours, weekly
children’s programs, special events and evening programs around a
Also on the island is a replica of an Upper lakes lighthouse which
allows visitors an interesting view of both the historic site and Wasaga
Beach. The Friends of Nancy
Island operates and small gift store called the “Treasure Chest” where
you can pick up marine and nature souvenirs snacks, toys, clothing, or an
interpretive booklet or video of the HMS Nancy.
Various programs are offered at the site for visitors to learn
about the natural and cultural history of the area.
There are also weekly jazz concerts. If you come during July 27 to
July 29 you can also see live performances in period costumes which depict
re-enactments of the crucial battles of the era.
They are held in the Grand Encampment, which also features 19th
century merchants, artisans, period cooking a surgeons tent and musket and
cannon demonstrations. You can also enjoy lantern tours and period musical
Nancy Island is located on the Nottawasaga River in Wasaga Beach
off Mosely St across from 3rd St. It can also be reached by a
foot-bridge if you prefer to leave your car at the beach.