Lifeguard hut in Grand Bend

Beach Vibes: Things to do in Grand Bend

Grand Bend, Ontario is located on the sandy shores of Lake Huron between Goderich and Sarnia.  Known for its Blue Flag Beaches, Grand Bend is a premier summer destination in OntarioIn fact, some would even argue that Grand Beach is one of the best beach towns in OntarioEach summer, crowds flock to the shores of Grand Bend to soak up some sun and enjoy Lake Huron.  The town offers a number of events throughout the summer, as well as accessible beach ways.  With plenty to do, Grand Bend makes the perfect destination for families and beach goers.

Grand Bend Beach

Grand Bend Beach

The beach is the main attraction when visiting Grand Bend, and can’t be missed.  The sandy shores have plenty of sitting area and the waters of Lake Huron are welcoming.  The beach is very clean and offers a safe swimming environment with lifeguards on site.  At the beach front, you’ll also find a number of different amenities.  From a band shell, to playgrounds and splash pads, the beach front has it all.

Pinery Provincial Park

Pinery Provincial Park is known for its stunning 10km sandy beach along Lake Huron and phenomenal sunsets.  Within the park, you’ll find a variety of trails for hiking and biking, and in the winter, cross county skiing.  Pinery is also home to a number of plant and bird species.  The park is perfect for a day trip or a great place to do some camping.



Parasailing is a popular activity on the waters of Grand Bend.  Located steps from the beach, you’ll find companies offering to take you on an adventure of a lifetime.  Parasailing soars you above Lake Huron and gives you views of Grand Bend and the surrounding area.  Whether you’re sailing above Lake Huron, or watching from the shore, you’ll be sure to see plenty of parasailing while on the beach.

Walk the Strip

Dairy Dip in Grand Bend

The Strip is the hub of the town and instantly takes you back in time.  On the strip you’ll find a number of restaurants, storefronts and night life venues.  Many of the restaurants and store fronts have held on to the looks of the past, and add a great amount of charm to the area.

Water Sports

River Adventures in Grand Bend

While Grand Bend is known for its amazing beach, it’s also home to the Ausable River.  Along the river, you’ll find companies offering a variety of equipment rentals.  While in Grand Bend, you can try canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle board, jet skiing or even charter a boat.  The possibilities are endless.


With access to both the Ausable River and Lake Huron, boating is a popular activity in the area.  The marina offers a public boat launch and is a great place to enter the water.  Even if you’re not boating, watching the boats and action around the marina is a fun pass time.

The Grand Bend Motorplex

The Grand Bend MotorPlex is the place to be if you’re into drag racing.  The Motorplex hosts Ontario’s largest drag race events and draws crowds from all over.  While drag racing is a main attraction at the Motorplex, they also offer on site camping, as well as courses fit for bikes and go carts.

Day Trips From Grand Bend

Goderich Lighthouse

Goderich, Ontario

Grand Bend is a destination you’ll hardly want to leave, but if you find yourself wanting more, there are plenty of areas to explore close by.  Lake Huron’s coastline offers a number of great little towns and additional beaches to visit.  Consider a day trip an added bonus to your time spent in Grand Bend. 

Click the links below to learn more about day trips in the area.  Happy Exploring!

*All driving times are an approximation 

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