So, What Is There To Do At Wasaga?
Wasaga Beach truly comes alive in summer. It has been the destination of beach and sun worshippers since the invention of the car. But, when you are waiting for your bathing suit to dry-out, what else might you do while you are here?
The options are incredible!
In writing about the area over the last 20 years, I have often spoken about Wasaga Beach as part of a greater tourist community called the "Georgian Triangle". You really aren't enjoying all we have to offer unless you consider the area as a whole. I'll start with things to do in Wasaga Beach, but I'll also talk about the area at large.
In Wasaga Beach
While in Wasaga Beach you can enjoy one of many good restaurants; Catch 22 ($$$)and Barcelo's ($$$) for those who don't mind spending a little money, or the Georgian Circle, Goodie's Cafe or Little Marina (just a few examples) for comfort food. If you prefer the familiarity of franchise restaurants, we have Wild Wing, Boston Pizza, KFC and more at Stonebridge Plaza (east), Burger King, Tim Horton's and a bevy of fast food offerings at Beach 1, McDonald's, Topper's Pizza, British Fish & Chips, Pita Pit, Little Caesar's (central) and Pita Palace (who make a mean Poutine), the Beacon Restaurant
You can go for Ice Cream. There are several places in town. My favourites are Lorna Dune for the west end and Mr. Norm's Nephew. We even have a very unusual Ice Cream/Music store in the middle of town. It's an odd combo but heck, anything goes here. If you happen to be at or near beach area one, you might visit some of the beachfront Ice Cream, Smoothie or Frozen Yogurt franchises. Most locals have their own favourite spot.
There are 2 go-kart tracks; Wasaga 500 at the east entrance between Elmvale and Wasaga Beach's east end, and Blue Mountain Go-Karts on Beachview Drive (formerly Hwy 26) at the west end between Wasaga and Collingwood.
There is a huge, popular paintball attraction, appropriately named Wasaga Paintball.
There are several mini-golf places including Cedargrove Campground's mini putt (west) and Skull Island (east). If you prefer big-boy golf, you can try Wasaga Sands (west) or Marlwood Golf (east) If you don't have a lot of time you might try just driving some balls at Big Shots driving range.
For the daredevil there is a brand new (2016) sky-diving service located at beach area 1. As you are careening towards earth, you can enjoy the best views of the area.
At night there are several places to see live entertainment, Karaoke or DJ's such as Wild Wing and Stud's Lonigan's (east), Banana's and the Sand Pit (beach 1) or the Beacon Restaurant (west) famous for their insanely popular karaoke and jam nights.
You might also decide to learn a little, or stay fit while you are here by visiting the local library (east), Nancy Island museum (central) or the Wasaga Beach YMCA (west). These places host events for both tourists and residents every year. The Library in particular has programs aimed at the smallest people in your family.
It should go without saying that we have that 14 km of sandy beach along with several trails within the town's borders for all to enjoy.
Tens of thousands of tourists flock to the beach each week which makes it the perfect spot for large events. Over the years we have played host to everything from vintage car shows to electronic music festivals. We've seen some nationally and internationally famous performers perform here. Music, art, weekly farmer and artisan markets, bingo, yoga on the beach, the annual carnival, children's events - the list goes on.
Wasaga Beach is only recently finding its place in the Georgian Triangle. Past local governments have engaged in a pointless rivalry with each other; Collingwood, Stayner, Elmvale and even Blue Mountains in which they tried to 1-up each other. Perhaps it's bad for democracy, but it's fantastic if you are an events aficionado. While these neighbouring towns tried to distance themselves from their shared connection, the events have become more ambitious. Win-win, right?
Recently the Township of Clearview tossed its hat into the tourist-money ring and they've begun a music and farm market series, as well as a "Small Halls" event that opens the doors to city slickers who want to visit these historically interesting towns. The result is some truly entertaining weekly farmer/handmade goods markets combined with the best local music. The Township of Clearview is a mere 5 minute drive from Wasaga Beach. Here is a page describing events for this season.
Creemore has long attracted tourists with tours of the Creemore Brewing Company, the annual Copper Kettle Festival and other events. The GNE, which is between Wasaga Beach and Collingwood will feature large events now and then.
Suffice to say, if you can't find something to do in Wasaga Beach during your stay, don't limit yourself to artificial borders. Local's don't. A trip to Blue Mountain for dinner and dancing, shopping, or a Gondola Ride, a day of family fun at Scenic Caves or Rounds Ranch Farm Adventures will keep the most active children happy for an entire day.
Other activities which come to mind are Georgian Bowl in Collingwood, Elmvale's Springwater Lanes, the Galaxy Multi-plex Theatre in Collingwood, weekly Music or movies in the Park events in almost every town, countless area trails, mountain biking, night clubs - all of it within 15 minutes of your cottage or motel at Wasaga Beach. Is there any other tourist destination in all of Canada that has so much to offer in a tiny geographical area?
There are so many things to do in this area that to really enjoy it, you must bookmark a few important websites. This site; Wasaga.com is obviously one of them, but also google the Town of Wasaga Beach events calendar, the Chamber of Commerce's events calendar, Town of the Blue Mountains, Town of Collingwood, Beach Boosters, Township of Clearview, Town of Creemore, Wasaga Beach Public Library and Nancy Island. These would certainly give you as much info as you can absorb.
Now that summer has started, I would like to personally welcome you to Wasaga Beach and encourage you to discover all that we have to offer. If you have any questions, feel free to visit my Facebook page.
Enjoy your summer folks and see you at the beach! - Darlene Watters, owner of Wasaga.com.