Ipperwash 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.

One of the longest freshwater beaches in Ontario, Ipperwash Beach has 3 main access points just off West Ipperwash Road, Ipperwash Road, and Army Camp Road. In addition, there are a number of Crown-owned properties operated by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry that offer beach access, parking, and seasonal washrooms. 

Most other beachfront properties are in private ownership.  A crown reservation for public use of the beach was established through the Canada Company Patent of 1836. Visitors enjoying the beach are asked to respect all private property, be mindful of others' quiet enjoyment of the beach, refrain from accessing or damaging the dunes, and to pick up after themselves.

Know Before You Go




Free parking is available in Ministry-owned lots along West Parkway Drive and East Parkway Drive.

No overnight camping is permitted. 

Beach highlights 

Beach safety 

There are no lifeguards on duty at Ipperwash Beach.  

Beach water quality 

Visit the Beach Water Quality page for more information.  

Are you planning a visit to Ipperwash Beach? Check out the Visiting Us page for information to help plan your visit!

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