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July 8, 2010 10:22 AM   Subscribe

Can anyone recommend a swimming spot within a hour and a half drive of Toronto? (that will allow our elderly dog). One that wouldn't be overly crowded on a week day? I burn pretty easily, so some shade would be great, too.

I know we could go to the T.O. islands but the water doesn't seem all that clean and I was wondering if anybody knew of a better spot. Ideally, it would be on a smaller, cottage-type lake but I'm open to other ideas if the water is clean and dogs are allowed.
posted by bonobothegreat to Travel & Transportation around Toronto, ON (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Sunset Beach Park at Wilcox Lake, off Yonge St. in Aurora. There is a place to the side of the main swimming area where you can take your dog in (or at least where people regularly take their dogs in -- I don't know the official policy on dogs).
posted by Behemoth at 10:33 AM on July 8, 2010

How about Barrie? They've got lots of beaches, and some appear to allow dogs.
posted by dpx.mfx at 11:04 AM on July 8, 2010

Rice Lake.

You can go to the tiny (and I mean tiny) Harwood Beach or the more substantial (but still pretty damn small) Bewdley Beach.

It's a cottage country lake, but neither of these are particularly cottage-y beaches. Anyone else there will be a local, which means it won't be crowded.

Plus, you'll be able to say that you hung out where some guy from metafilter spent basically every summer afternoon of his childhood.
posted by 256 at 12:16 PM on July 8, 2010

Sorry, that second link should be this.
posted by 256 at 12:17 PM on July 8, 2010

Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I'm leaning towards Harwood Beach at the moment. I just need to double check that dogs will be ok.
posted by bonobothegreat at 12:52 PM on July 8, 2010

...and any other suggestions would still be very welcome.
posted by bonobothegreat at 1:15 PM on July 8, 2010

When I was a kid we went to some beaches on Toronto island that I remember being quite nice. I seem to recall the name of one of them being Handlen's point or similar. However I believe it is now a clothing optional beach- there are several others on the island however.
posted by Canageek at 5:14 PM on July 8, 2010

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