There are many beaches to explore in Ontario but one of the better ones outside the GTA is Cobourg. The town itself is located just off the main 401 highway between Belleville and Toronto.
You need to travel through the town to get to the beach which looks out across the vast Lake Ontario. If you are not familiar with Lake Ontario you may be forgiven into thinking that this is a small beach on the edge of a small lake, but you would be very wrong.
Lake Ontario is huge, approximately 190 miles long and 50 miles wide so when on the beach it is just like looking out to sea. The waters are cordoned off to a certain distance to allow for safe swimming and at peak times there are lifeguards on duty.
The beach itself is sandy, so no harsh pebbles to deal with here. It is a very deep beach so plenty of room for people to enjoy the suns rays. In the summer months it does get busy, but there is usually still room to enjoy. If you can visit during a school day you may have the beach pretty much to yourself.
There are designated picnic areas to one side of the beach with tables and chairs - at peak times you can pre-book these. There are also picnic spots in Victoria Park which borders the beach and provides an excellent place to lounge if you don’t want to get sand between your toes.
There are quite a few amenities by the beach such as a children's play area, outdoor theatre area, toilets, showers and a cafe with outdoor seating. So you really can spend the whole day here and not have to worry about trying to find somewhere to eat or a finding a toilet. Everything is very close by and it is really a great spot to spend a beautiful summer day.