Discover great places to dip your toes in some simple family fun. Here, you’ll create memories that will warm your heart for years to come, and keep you coming back.
Sand castle building. Splashing. Catching minnows in the shallow water. Summer fun at its finest is created on beaches. In Peterborough & the Kawarthas, our beaches are smaller, less crowded and less fussy than beaches you might find elsewhere. Here you can relish in a quiet moment to share on the shores of our many lakes or at a riverside spot – both within city limits and a ways out of town.
Here are some of the sand-covered gems worth exploring (and coming back to), and what makes them a great place to be.
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City of Peterborough Beaches
Within the city limits there are two beaches on Little Lake that – with some skill – you could skip a rock between. Both of these beaches have seasonal lifeguards and some other
- The beach at Beavermead Park (2011 Ashburnham Drive, Peterborough) is a perfect way to lounge in the lazy, hazy days of summer with the kids. This big sandy beach, beach volleyball courts, soccer fields, a playground and picnic area.
- Just around the bend at Rogers Cove (131 Maria Street), you will find another great little beach, with lots of great shade trees for a picnic lunch, as well as a splashpad and boat launch for getting out on the water.
Beaches in the County of Peterborough
Whether you’re looking for something a little more civilized or a rustic setting with wooded trails to explore on site, you’ll find a wealth of experiences on our shining waters throughout the region (listed by lake, and river, below):
Chandos Beach is located just north of Apsley (County Rd 620), and is a great spot to cool down with a stretch of sandy beach, a swim raft, grassy picnic areas and washrooms and change rooms)
Located within Curve Lake First Nation, Henry’s Gumming Beach (Whetung St. E.) is a spot to cool off just steps away from shopping and culture at Whetung Ojibwa Centre. Another great option here is Lance Wood Park (Chemong St. S.)
A popular spot for those with little ones, Jones Beach (908 Jones Beach Road, Bridgenorth) is a place to have a picnic, and enjoy the pier as you play. Swing by Pizza Villa on your way back for a soft-serve or scooped ice cream cone.
Enjoy a trek along the trail before soaking up the fun and sun at Ennismore Waterfront Park (1053 Ennis Road, Ennismore). There is a picnic shelter and playground too.
Catching minnows and making memories, the laid-back beach at Selwyn Conservation Area (Birch Island Road, Selwyn) is a great place for little ones to explore the wildlife that call Chemong Lake home.
Are you a paddler who likes to take a dip? If you said yes, then the beach at Douro Municipal Park (County Road 8) is a great place to explore. Bring your canoe and kayak, and dive in to a day of fun.
Warsaw Caves Conservation Area
Swimming with a side of spelunking anyone? Take a day to explore at Warsaw Caves Conservation Area (Caves Road, East of County Road 4). Kids of all ages will love exploring the natural playground that these glacier-formed caves in Warsaw – where sometimes you can see ice even on the warmest of summer days. Finish the day off with a plunge into the river.
A little ways off the beaten track, this hidden Kasshabog Lake Beach (431 Peninsula Road, Havelock-Belmont-Methuen) is a hidden gem north of Havelock. The park has a large grassy area with picnic tables making it a great place to have a family gathering or a picnic.
A popular spot for residents and visitors alike, Lakefield Beach (65 Hague Boulevard) is steps from Lakefield’s downtown with a great playground and picnic pavilion. Looking for a bike and swim adventure? From Peterborough you can venture along the Rotary Trail for a satisfying swim when you reach your destination.
Enjoy some simple riverside fun at Squirrel Creek Conservation Area (County Rd 21 East, Wallace Point Bridge). Here, the public beach is accompanied by two baseball diamonds and picnic areas, and also happens to be a great place to cast a fishing line.
The Mill Pond in Norwood (4340 Highway 7, Norwood) is a quaint and quiet little swimming spot where you can relax for the afternoon or a few hours. Be sure to take a moment to explore in the butterfly garden close by.
A local favourite, Sandy Lake Public Beach is located just outside of Buckhorn (Lakehurst Road). With a surprisingly grassy shoreline, this soft sandy-bottomed lake is a must-stop attraction for families looking for some shallow waters to play in.
The stunning and serene scenery at Quarry Bay Beach (Northey’s Bay Road) is what brings people coming back. This small, sandy beach is perfect for kids who want to build sand castles, as well as adults who want to enjoy views that are reminiscent of a Group of Seven painting.