Cycling is permitted on the trail network that runs throughout Beach Areas 1 through 5. Cycling is also permitted along the Waterfront Trail which traverses through both town and park lands.
In 2005, after a 30 year absence from this area, the endangered Piping Plover returned to nest at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park. Park staff closely monitor these birds throughout the spring and summer, and nest enclosures are erected around successful breeding sites. Hundreds of volunteers, known as the Piping Plover Guardians, also help to monitor these enclosures on a daily basis, as well as provide outreach to beachgoers. For more information on volunteer opportunities with the Piping Plover Guardian Program, please contact the Park Office.
In the high dunes area warblers, sparrows, owls and the Pileated Woodpecker are commonly spotted.
Nottawasaga Bay is suitable for many types of watercraft, especially large motorboats, sailboats and windsurfers. Boats can be rented from one of several marinas in the Town of Wasaga Beach. Beach Area 1 offers a boat launch with ample parking for vehicles and boat trailers.
The Nottawasaga Canoe Route is 32 km in length and can be paddled in one day. Brochures are available at the Chamber of Commerce or the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority.
Canoe rentals are available through private companies in the Wasaga Beach area.
Fishing is best from a boat, but you can also try your luck anywhere near the Nottawasaga River bank within park boundaries. A fishing access point is located in the dunes area of the park. You can catch Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, splake and pickerel - especially in the spring and fall. Boat launch facilities in Beach Area 1 allow easy access to Georgian Bay.
The dunes area of Wasaga Beach Provincial Park offers 30 km of trails. As you enter the trail system you will be passing through an area known as the raised beaches. These are the remnants of a glacial lake that covered the Wasaga Beach area close to 10,000 years ago. As you continue along the trail you will see hills that are the beginning of the foredunes. These are the largest and least disturbed set of parabolic sand dunes in Ontario. Approximately 700 different types of plants and 230 species of birds can be seen in this fragile dune area. Recent improvements to hiking in the Wasaga Beach area include 17 kilometres of the Ganaraska Trail which travel through the dunes area.
Natural Heritage Education
Park naturalists and historians at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park deliver educational programs that highlight the rich natural and cultural heritage of the park throughout the spring, summer, and fall. All of the programs offered are family oriented and include spirit nights, campfires, children’s programs and guided nature hikes. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult.
Nancy Island Historic Site
Nancy Island has served as a historic site since 1928 and is the most viable and related site to the War of 1812 in Simcoe County and the Georgian Bay Region. It represents a major event during the War or 1812 – HMS Nancy’s August 14, 1814 battle against three American Schooners. The island houses the charred hull and artefacts of the HMS Nancy from this pivotal moment in Canadian history. Today, the borders of Canada are a direct result of the valiant struggles of the Nancy and her crew. Join park staff as they bring the story of the HMS Nancy and her crew to life! Watch an award-winning video presentation, tour the site, participate in a musket or cannon demonstration, and interact with historical characters from Wasaga’s past.
Wasaga’s 14 kilometer long beach draws thousands of visitors each summer. Families enjoy safe swimming in the warm, shallow waters and playing on the wide sandy beach. The park is divided into eight beach areas each with its own parking lot.
Cross Country Skiing/Snowshoeing
Wasaga Beach offers some of the most exciting nordic ski terrain (link to trail map) in Central Ontario with over 30 kilometres of groomed trails. Expert skiers can challenge themselves on the High Dunes Trail while beginner skiers can choose the more leisurely Blueberry Trail. The Wasaga Trail Centre offers modern equipment rentals, light refreshments, and warm-up and outback ski shelters to warm up a lunch on a crisp winter day. Quiet skiers will be rewarded with wildlife viewing as White-tailed Deer and winter birds are abundant. Check the Ontario Parks Ski Report or call the Wasaga Trail Centre at (705)429-0943 for trail conditions, rental and ski rates and general winter program information.
Snowshoe rentals and a 10 kilometre snowshoe trail are also available.