Bronte Beach Park

A sandy beach with clear water, so close to home!  If, like us, your trips to the beach usually include one of the non Lake Ontario popular destinations (Crystal, Dover, Wasaga etc) and you are looking for something a little closer to home, then you might want to give Bronte Beach a try.

Bronte Beach
Bronte Beach
View of the marina at Bronte Beach
View of the marina at Bronte Beach

Our family really enjoys the beach and we’ve visited Bronte Beach a couple of times in the past.  I’m not quite sure why we forgot about it this summer – up until now – but perhaps it’s because I heard it was a victim of the 2017 summer flooding of Lake Ontario.

But as we were driving back home from Shell Park one day, I noticed a bunch of beach umbrellas so we decided to investigate….

Right in our own backyard

If you’re a fellow Oakville dweller then you’ll appreciate the closeness of this beach.  I recently wrote about our trip to Valens Lake in Hamilton and thought that it was a fine place if your kids were just looking for a beach.  If I compare these two places, on beach alone, I prefer Bronte Beach.

A view from the beach
A view from the beach

Bronte Beach is just west of Bronte Rd, south of Lakeshore Rd. W. off of W River St.

If you turn left into the driveway that leads to the beach (just off W River St.) you will get to an itsy bitsy teeny tiny parking lot.  Don’t go there.

Parking lot
Parking lot. If you can’t find a spot here then park in the area just outside this entrance.

Instead, park in the little ‘park’ area just south of Lakeshore Rd W.  When you turn left onto River St. it will be on your left.  This is your best bet to find a parking spot.  Learned that the hard way! All parking is free!

Nice Sand and Water and the fish were alive!

I didn’t see a single dead fish! 🙂  Seems like most of us have been conditioned to have an aversion to Lake Ontario beaches, but the water quality checked out and the beach area was nice.  We saw schools of little fish near the shore, my son enjoyed trying to ‘catch’ them.

Kids playing on the beach with their toys
The sand here is nice and the kids enjoy playing with their beach toys

The water is clear and the temperature varies from ‘Canadian warm’ to freshly melted ice age glacier (as it was last weekend).  Lots of people are swimming or wading in the water each time we’ve been there.

Clear water on the beach
The water is nice and clear

The sand was nice and fluffy without any rocks, the entry to the beach was also smooth.

Sitting in the shade and enjoying the view.
Sitting in the shade and enjoying the view.

We wen’t on a hot Sunday and there was still plenty of room on the beach to find a good spot.  Lots of shaded areas to set up your gear.

The rocks on one side of the beach were a hit with our kids.

Exploring rocks on the side of the beach
Exploring the rocks on the side of the beach
Secluded side of the beach near the rocks.
This is a nice secluded spot on the side of the beach. Great for exploring and throwing rocks into the water!

 

Throwing rocks into the lake.
Throwing rocks into the lake.
Another view from the beach
Another view from the beach

Walking Trails

There are a few different paths around the area.

Another view of the beach
Taking a walk around the beach area

A walk up the staircase near the beach, for a bit of a view.

Stairs to walking trails
Stairs up to other areas of the walking trails.
View from the top of the stairs
View from the top of the stairs

The marina areas are pretty and it makes for a pleasant stroll with the kids.

View of the marina
View of the marina

There are other paths as well, but we didn’t get a chance to check them out.

Bronte Beach – Better than Expected

Go, you’ll like it!  For us, it’s a big bonus because it’s so close to home.  My kids enjoyed playing in the sand and it’s great way to spend time at the beach without going very far.

There is a building with clean washrooms but there are no food stands or concessions.  Lots of people walking their dogs as well. All parking is free.

Building with washrooms.
This is the building with washrooms, near the entrance to the parking lot.

 

Bronte beach is a great spot for kids to play in the sand and water, without travelling to far from home.
Bronte beach is a great spot for kids to play in the sand and water, without travelling to far from home.

What is your favourite thing about Bronte Beach?  Are there any other areas to this beach that are worth exploring?  Let me know in the comments or on Facebook.

 

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