3 Best Beaches in Oakville Must Try Bucket List

Beaches in Oakville

A visit to one—if not all—of the best beaches Oakville has to offer is needed when temperatures become hot and sticky.

Whether you’re planning weekend getaways, a camping trip or just looking for ways to cool off or with friends, these beaches in Oakville are a quick subway, ferry, or bus trip away.

If you have a car and want to venture further out, check out our guide to the best beaches Ontario has to offer.

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1. South Shell Park Beach

Located on Lakeshore Road. South Shell Waterfront Park, in conjunction with Shell Park, Bronte Woods, and Burloak Woods north of Lakeshore Road is considered by many local birders to be the best migrant stopover site in the greater Hamilton area.

South Shell Park Beach

Great little getaway! There is a waterfront path that you can walk or simply go to the beach. The beach is sandy but also has seashells thus would recommend bringing water shoes.

It does have a really small parking lot,  I would recommend to come here really early if you're planning to spend the day swimming. Or you can park at Shell Park and wheel your things over in a wagon. They're not too far from each other.

Other amenities include:

  • Interpretive signs
  • Naturalized passive parkland
  • Parking lot - 31 spaces
  • Playground
  • Shade structure
  • Waterfront picnic
  • Waterfront trail
  • Washroom facilities

2. Coronation Park Beach

Coronation Park is a beautiful park situated on the shore of Lake Ontario. It is located on Lakeshore Road west of Fourth Line and east of Third Line.

Coronation Park features five large designated picnic areas that are permitted through the town, including a covered/shelter area. Each picnic area comes equipped with picnic tables.

Coronation Park Beach

This place has a bit of everything. Trails; beach (both sandy and rocky); little creek with ducks, geese, and sometimes even a swan; playground and a picnic area.

Other amenities include:

  • Splash pad
  • 2 beach volleyball courts
  • Playgrounds
  • Stage
  • Parking - 221 spaces
  • Washrooms/snack bar facility

3. Bronte Heritage Waterfront Beach

A picturesque waterfront park located on Ontario Street below Lakeshore Road. The Bronte Butterfly Gazebo is an ideal spot for a wedding ceremony or photography.

Bronte Heritage Waterfront Beach

A beautiful place for a walk overlooking the lake. A nice beach area with many places to sit and take in the lovely scenery.

Other amenities include:

  • Parking - 212 spaces
  • Washroom facility
  • Water feature

Best Beaches in Oakville FAQs

Lake Erie is the shallowest of all the Great Lakes, making it the warmest. Crystal Beach by far the town of Fort Erie's biggest draw. Go for a swim, lounge on the white sand, sail around the bay, go fishing, try out the water-sports galore, or explore the quaint town of Fort Erie.

lakes are confined to smaller fetches which limit wave size, but the Great Lakes are large enough to produce frequent swells up to several meters.

While ocean waves are created by distant storm systems, waves on the Great Lakes are formed by localized winds. 

Generally, the water is clean and safe for swimming. However, to ensure public safety, the water is tested for contamination by bacteria. If problems are found, signs advising the public are posted at affected beaches.


  • Ashleigh Bandimere

    Ashleigh Bandimere is a Freelance Foodie & Travel Writer who loves all things travel! She takes advantage of every opportunity to get away, Ashleigh is always ready for her next adventure.