Grand Bend Beach

Remember to NEVER climb on shelf ice
As winter weather arrives and temperatures begin to drop, we will begin to see the formation of shelf ice. Shelf ice is the result of winds and waves pushing ice floats to shore, creating hills and mounds of ice. Shelf ice is not like ice on a pond - there is moving water underneath that creates holes and weak spots from below. Enjoy the beauty of the ice banks from the safety of shore.

The popular Grand Bend Beach welcomes thousands of visitors each year and offers a variety of restaurants, shops, and nightlife destinations along the town's main strip. Grand Bend has earned a reputation as one of Canada’s best beach towns and has been designated as one of Canada's prestigious Blue Flag beaches for over a decade.

Know Before You Go

Important information to know before visiting Grand Bend Beach

BEACH RULES:
- Tents, sun shelters, and canopies of all sizes are prohibited
- Single pole umbrellas with a diameter of 2.4m (8 feet) or less are allowed,
- Umbrellas must be erected in an upright position (not laying on the sand)
- Grand Bend Beach is smoke and vape-free
- No alcohol, glass or BBQs
- No dogs are allowed on the beach*
- Sports and sport equipment are not allowed on the beach
- Single person and two person inflatables are allowed. All other inflatables are not allowed

*Dogs are not permitted on the main beach during the beach season (May 1 - September 30). Leashed dogs CAN be on the North and South beach from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. AND 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Please be respectful to each other, staff and by-law enforcement. For additional information, please see the Lambton Shores Parks and Facilities By-Law.

Location
90 Main Street West
Grand Bend, ON N0M 1T0
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Beach Rules

Before you visit Grand Bend Beach, please note that the following rules are in place for the safety and enjoyment of all visitors:

  1. Tents and canopies of all sizes are prohibited.
  2. Single pole umbrellas with a diameter of 2.4m (8 feet) or less are allowed, and must be erected in an upright position (not laying on the sand).
  3. Grand Bend Beach is smoke and vape-free
  4. No alcohol, glass or BBQs
  5. Sports are not allowed on the Main Beach in July and August. This includes (but is not limited to): Frisbee, football, volleyball, soccer, spikeball.
  6. Single person and two person inflatables are allowed. All other inflatables are not allowed

In addition, please remember:

  • Do not visit if you are not feeling well
  • Maintain a 2-metre distance from others
  • Respect current gathering limits
  • Help us keep our beaches clean by not littering


Beach Rules at a glance

Please be respectful to each other, to lifeguards, staff and By-Law enforcement.

For additional information, click here or read Lambton Shores Parks and Facilities By-Law.

Parking
Learn more about parking locations and regulations.
Public Washrooms - Closed for the season

Public washrooms at Grand Bend beach are closed.

Highlights
  • Blue Flag Beach
  • Public Access
  • Lifeguards - off duty for the season
  • Accessible Splash Pad - closed for the season
  • Playground
  • Concession Stand - closed for the 2021 season
  • Public Information Booth (formerly the concession) - closed for the season
  • Public Washrooms - closed for the season
  • Outdoor showers and foot washing stations - closed for the season
  • Grand Bend Rotary Community Stage
  • Shade Areas
  • Beach Boardwalk
  • Parking
  • Free lifejacket lending program (available at the Information Booth when open)
  • Free amphibious wheelchair lending program (available at the Information Booth when open)
  • Accessible beach mats - removed for the season
  • Municipally owned and maintained 
Grand Bend Beach Cams
Planning to visit today? Check out the Grand Bend beach cams before you head out!
Beach Safety
Lifeguards are on patrol at the Grand Bend Main Beach from mid-June until Labour Day. Visit the beach safety page to learn more about the beach patrol and other safety measures including our life jacket lending program.
Water Quality

Lambton Public Health takes water samples to monitor beach water quality. These samples are tested for high levels of bacteria, excessive algae growth, or other contaminants that could cause negative health effects associated with swimming. Warnings are posted by Public Health when the levels of E. coli exceed the provincial guidelines.

View current beach advisories.

Planning Your Trip
Before your visit, we encourage you to check out the Visiting Lambton Shores page to help you plan your trip.

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