Living in Wasaga Beach

Wasaga Beach is one of the fastest growing communities in Ontario with a permanent population of 21 thousand and grows during summer and winter with cottagers. Just a 90-minute drive from the GTA many families and seniors are choosing Wasaga Beach because of its easy access to the GTA and proximity to other larger urban centers like Barrie and Collingwood. As you drive through the town you will see that it offers a variety of housing styles like single-detached, townhomes, condos, row-style homes, and cottages.

There are two bus routes to help you travel about the town. Both routes begin at the Stonebridge Community Centre and travel either east or west. Traveling to the city is very easy as commuters can take highway 92 to Horseshoe Valley Road to access the highway 400.

The town has three elementary schools Birchview Dunes Public School, Worsley Elementary School, and St. Noel Chabanel Catholic School. Students in high school are bussed to nearby town Collingwood to attend either Collingwood Collegiate Institute, or Our Lady of the Bay Catholic High School. There are also plenty of options for daycare throughout the town like Kcare Daycare or Stepping Stones Childcare Wasaga. Both are great pre-school options for early childhood learning and development, as well as after school programs. 

Wasaga Beach is a four-season destination with unlimited opportunity for recreation. The town is home to well-known Wasaga Beach which is the longest freshwater beach in the world spanning 14 kilometres of shoreline. Visitors flock from everywhere to enjoy a day on the beach for swimming, lounging, picnics, and beach volleyball.

Oakview Woods Park is one of 30 different parks in Wasaga Beach. It hosts a Skate Park during the summer months and an outdoor rink during winter. In addition to these two amenities, there’s also a playground and plenty of greenspace to enjoy.  

The town has over 100 kilometres in trails that are used for walking, hiking, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling. The Wasaga Beach Shore Lane Trail is 11.5 kilometres long that travels along the shoreline of Wasaga Beach. In the winter a network of trails that cover 7.6 kilometres starting from the Wasaga Nordic & Trail Centre are used for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and range in level of difficulty.

If you’re looking for some indoor fun the town organizes a variety of weekly children, youth, adult, and senior’s activities at the RecPlex community centre. Some children programs include theatre or karate, while youth can learn how to cook, or participate in drop-in gaming nights. For adults there are a variety of co-ed sports leagues or yoga classes, and seniors can enjoy coffee socials or join the walking club. This facility also includes a YMCA, two pools, a workout facility, gymnasium, and auditorium.

In the town you will find the Wasaga Beach Arena which is a single pad rink that offers seasonal minor hockey and figure skating. The Wasaga Beach Figure Skating Club host many learn to skate classes for young children for those interested in learning how to skate. In addition, there are many drop in family skates, shinny ice, and seniors skate times available hosted by the town.

If you’re looking for a great place to eat, local restaurant Barcelo’s Restaurant and Grill is a popular place for steak and seafood, and Portuguese cuisine. A second restaurant Catch22 is another great place that’s close to the main area of Wasaga Beach. It’s known for their gourmet food options like a variety of fine cheeses and meats, as well as soups, sandwiches, and salads for takeout.

Wasaga Beach is the perfect four-season destination for families and retirees who want to live somewhere with plenty of opportunity for recreational activities and enjoy a quiet place to live.  

-The BDAR Team

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