Wasaga Beach, Ontario spans 58.64 square kilometres at the southern shore of Georgian Bay in the southeastern area of the province.
Located near the communities of Collingwood, Stayner, Phelpston, and Allenwood Beach, the town is home to a population of over 20,000 people.
The town of Wasaga Beach is a major tourist attraction in the area in the summer months, as it is situated along the longest freshwater beach in the world.
Area: 58.64 km2
The western section of Wasaga Beach is mostly residential, but also has parks, a campground and RV park, motels, and a few small businesses and restaurants. Highway 26 runs just south of the residential areas in this section.
It is more densely populated in Wasaga Beach’s central section and this is where most of the amenities in town can be found. Sections of commercial space offer restaurants, service providers, and retail stores. A couple of golf courses can be found in the southern area here, and this section also has a few parks. The Oxbow River also runs through this section.
The eastern section offers some park space, camping areas, tourist attractions, golf courses, an arena, a youth centre, and a library, as well as various motels and hotels, all of which are found throughout the residential areas. The Oxbow River also flows through this section, and there is a small lake south of the area.
Besides the natural beauty of the area, there are also plenty of other types of tourist attractions located in and around Wasaga Beach. Elmvale Jungle Zoo, located east of the town, is a 25-acre zoo with animals such as monkeys, lemurs, lions, tigers, jaguars, swans, and other exotic species. The zoo’s walking trails lead to various enclosures, as well as a pond, where visitors can feed rainbow trout. There is also a petting area, where kids can get up close to a variety of animals.
The beaches at Wasaga Beach are part of the Wasaga Beach Provincial Park. The park has a visitor centre, picnic shelters, a park store, restroom facilities, boat launches, trails, and sandy beaches. Trails can be used for walking or cycling in the summer and skiing and snowshoeing in the winter, and the park is also popular for boating, canoeing, fishing, and swimming. Those who enjoy birdwatching will appreciate the variety of birds in the area, including piping plover, warblers, sparrows, owls, and woodpeckers.
Most of Wasaga Beach’s economy is based on tourism. Tourism in Wasaga Beach provides a number of opportunities for stores, restaurants and bars, attractions, golf courses, and accommodations. Many residents also work for the provincial park. The town and surrounding areas also have important manufacturing, health and wellness, agriculture, and oil and gas manufacturing industries.
Wasaga Beach has a chamber of commerce, as well as an economic development department at the Town of Wasaga Beach. Business owners and those interested in investing in the community can also access resources through the County of Simcoe’s Economic Development Office.
Wasaga Beach’s western section has many large, newer built homes that tend to come at a high price. There are also some older single-family homes here, which are normally a bit more affordable and come with larger lots than some of the new homes do. Some vacant land and commercial space can also be found here.
There is plenty of commercial space to choose from in the town’s central section, as well as some vacant land. A mix of newer and older single-family homes is also found here, offering various price points. Condo options are also sometimes available in this section.
The eastern section of town offers a mix of newer and older single-family homes, newer row housing options, vacant land, and commercial space (mostly retail or restaurant-based). Homes farther east often have large, rural-style lots.
Schools in Wasaga Beach include Worsley Elementary School, St. Noel Chabanel Catholic Elementary School, Silvercrest Christian School, and Birchview Dunes Elementary School. Residents must travel to nearby Collingwood or Elmvale for high school options such as Jean Vanier Catholic High School, Collingwood Collegiate Institute, and Elmvale District High School.
There are no post-secondary options in Wasaga Beach, but residents can access Georgian College in nearby Collingwood, or travel farther to Barrie to access even more options.