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Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

Welcome to Wasaga Beach Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada. Wasaga Beach Provincial Park is 14 miles of luxuriously sandy beach on Georgian Bay. The geography of the area is a direct result of the glaciers that covered much of Ontario during the last Ice Age. Lake Algonquin, a glacial lake, covered the area, but as it gradually receded a series of shorelines were left behind. These high hills, called transverse dunes were formed as the prevailing northwest winds gradually shifted sand from these beach ridges. In time these transverse dunes were re-shaped into a parabolic, or the U shaped dunes we see in the park today. These parabolic sand dunes are the only known set in Ontario and are classified as A Natural Environment Zone. The area is extremely fragile, with no vehicles being allowed so please be cautious and stay to trails when walking in the area.

This area is also steeped in native history. 2000 years ago the Nottawasaga River attracted the Saugeen Indians, who set up fishing camps along the river. Later Algonkian people used the river for fishing and transportation.

The river also brought white settlers to the area. The British used the Nottawasaga as a fur trade and military supply route during the War of 1812. The schooner Nancy, a small British supply ship used during the War of 1812 was sunk by an American Warship. After the War of 1812, a Naval Establishment was built upriver for wintering and repairing British ships.

Since the turn of the 20 th century Wasaga Beach Provincial Park has been a popular tourist destination because of its clean sandy shallow beaches. The beach, because of its hard compacted sand, itself served as an airstrip for the first flight from mainland Canada to England in 1934. Today the park sees an influx of tourists that come to the area to enjoy the excellent beach frontage as well as boating in Nottawasaga Bay and hiking on the nearby nature trails. The Blueberry Plains Trails are a series of marked trails winding their way over 26 kilometers of the park’s dune system.

Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

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