The Best Swimming Spots Near London, Ontario

Summer is the perfect time for adventure. There's nothing like packing up the car and heading to a beach or a local swimming hole with your friends and family. Check out my top spots for cooling off and having some fun!

Beach 3 at The Pinery Provincial Park

Beach 3 at The Pinery Provincial Park

While there are a lot of secret spots in Ontario that are geared towards Toronto folks, here are my top 10 picks for the best swimming spots around London, Ontario. London is home to many outdoor splash pads and public pools, if you’re looking to cool off within the city, but there are some breathtaking and refreshing swimming areas, most of which are within an hour of our beautiful forest city, so pack your swim gear and head to one of these awesome spots to spend the day.

St. Marys Quarry (425 Water St S, St. Marys, ON)

This popular quarry is located in the beautiful town of St. Marys (just 40 minutes from London). They have stand up paddle board rentals, a water trampoline and you can even do some cliff jumping (when the water levels are right). Bonus: if you’re in a neighbourhood like Masonville or anywhere on the northside of London, you’re driving time to the quarry is significantly reduced.

Pinery Provincial Park (9526 Lakeshore Rd, Grand Bend, ON)

The entry fee could be a little steep for some who are just going for the day, but the bonus is you have access to multiple beaches (some of which are dog-friendly) as well as the river (where you can rent canoes and kayaks). You can also start with a hike in the forest and end off with a swim. The aquamarine colour of Lake Huron on a sunny day can make it feel like you are somewhere tropical (until you dip your toes in!).

Canatara Beach (1200 Lake Chipican Drive, Sarnia, ON)

3000 feet of amazing beach front. Need I say more? This is also a Blue Flag beach, so water quality is one of the highest in Canada. It's known as a a beach to chill out on and is home to some great bird watching. The Sarnia beaches are starting to be known as "Ontario's Blue Coast", and after a visit in person, you'll fast see how it's becoming an increasingly popular area for visitors from Ontario and the United States alike.

Grand Bend/Lambton Shores (90 Main Street West, Grand Bend, ON N0M 1T0)

If you love water time but also a lot of action, then Grand Bend is your best bet. Not only can you enjoy the long stretch of beach on the Lambton Shores, you can also wander around the downtown area, stop in for an ice cream or take in some patio time for happy hour. You can always count on Grand Bend for great people watching. Bonus: this is also a Blue Flag beach, meaning there is strict criteria in place for water quality, safety and monitoring.

Port Stanley Beach

Similar to Grand Bend, Port Stanley offers more than just your regular day at the beach. Located on the north shore of Lake Erie, this is also a Blue Flag beach, so you can rest easy when you're swimming. There are more and more little shops and cafes popping up in the downtown core, which gives beach goers a nice break from the sand and sun. If you’re looking for a quieter beach, you can also check out the nearby “Little Beach” which is a shallow, protected piece of paradise with nice sand as opposed to rocks. 

Elora Quarry Park (319 Wellington County Rd 18, Elora, ON)

The Grand River is a great attraction for tubing enthusiasts who can make their way through the rapids at the Elora Gorge. But, the limestone quarry is a nicer swimming area if you aren't looking for a wild ride and just want to take in the beautiful scenery, namely the 40 foot high cliffs that encompass the swimming area. The Elora Quarry is a bit longer of a drive from London (1 hour and 53 minutes) but is also home to amazing nature trails and could be the perfect day trip.

Innerkip Quarry - Trout Lake Quarry (51 George St, Innerkip, ON)

This is a great spot if you like cliff jumping. There'a jumping off station built right into the lake, if you have the guts to so it! Check it out for yourself:

Video by gburkett05

These are just a few of the amazing swimming spots around London. Have any favourites of your own? Feel free to share in the comments below!

Thanks for reading,

Melanie Pearce

Your award-winning London, Ontario real estate agent