We planned a last minute getaway to Grand Bend, Ontario in June with M’s family.
Grand Bend is just a short 2 and a half hour drive from Toronto located on Lake Huron and once quoted in National Geographic as having one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world.
We found a beautiful 4 bedroom cottage with an outdoor shower, a large fire pit, 2 levels of sun decks, and a large well equipped kitchen great for the having the whole family around during meal time. The cottage was located perfectly across the road from a private beach, a walkway through the trees lead us to a beautiful lookout point to watch the stunning sunsets. A large BBQ was put to good use where we made all of our meals, and we would often stare up at all the greenery while taking hot showers in the back garden washing off all the beach sand. This great rustic but modern cottage, was perfect for our 6 person family. Thanks to Narcity for the amazing recommendation for this cottage for the weekend, with some quick emails we secured the place and started packing our bags!
Things To Do
Riding bikes around the neighbourhood and town is a great way to get acquainted and explore all of what Grand Bend has to offer. From our cottage the main beach was a 10 minute ride away. Luckily the cottage had some bikes in the garage. After 30 minutes of cardio, we got our bearings and could navigate the areas with confidence.
You have to walk, bike or drive through Main Street to get to the main beach, the adorable strip reminded us a lot of Florida Keys, they have lots of souvenir shops, restaurants and activities to do like axe throwing and mini putt if you don’t want to spend the entire day at the beach. Xtreme water-sports has some great options for the adrenaline seekers. Jet ski’s, fly boards, boat charters and water trampolines are available. The prices are a bit steep and geared towards tourists, we learned that 10 minutes of your time will be wasted getting out to open water where you can start to enjoy the water toys.
You should definitely plan to spend a day at the Grand Bend Beach. It’s the perfect place to do water activities like parasailing, stand up paddle boarding or just relaxing by the beach with a couple beers and get a tan. Make sure you walk to the pier and check out the lighthouse and the board walk.
The neighborhoods nearby are perfect for going on a walk on the trails or admiring the other beautiful cottages and the lush greenery. The small roads wind and bend often which can be confusing when navigating back home.
Each night grand bend features some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world, we were lucky enough to have a private beach to walk out to and watch the romantic sunsets together. This is a must see at the cottage, make sure you leave yourself extra time to get to the waterfront to take in the beauty.
We spent our weekend cooking delicious healthy meals but there are plenty of restaurants in the area to enjoy. Smackwater Jack’s Taphouse is the most recommended restaurant in the area. But if you go to the cottage, you should be indulging in large extravagant home cooked meals, and over eating wth the family on your patio.
Pinery Provincial Park features hiking trails, miles of beach, activities like canoeing and options for camping, this is a must see!
- Camping at Pinery Provincial Park is a more affordable accommodations option ($50 per night on the high end)
- Purchase groceries and bottled water before arriving, buying items in town gets expensive as they charge tourist prices
- Bring bikes to explore the areas
Thanks for reading!
M & B