Population:23,000 Hidden Treasures:Nancy Island – a National Historic Site since 1928 – houses the charred remains of, and artifacts from, the HMS Nancy (c. 1789), a ship that battled three American schooners during the War of 1812. This event marked a pivotal moment in Canadian history. For one day only, visitors are allowed to access the climate-controlled ship wreckage. Must Do:Wasaga 500 Go-karting on the smooth one-mile track Size of Area:58.43 km² Famous For:the world’s longest freshwater beach
In the early 1800s, Upper Canada was drawn into a struggle between Great Britain and the United States. Wasaga Beach became a strategic location in the War of 1812 when the schooner HMS Nancy was sunk at her moorings in an effort by the Americans to cut the supply line to Fort Michilimackinac and points to the north and west.
With its pristine location on the longest freshwater beach in the world (over 14 kms), Wasaga Beach is one of the fastest growing communities in Canada. Having experienced increases in its permanent population by more than 20%, Wasaga Beach has developed a deep infrastructure which serves the residents well. Comprised of housing for whatever stage of life you are in, Wasaga Beach offers something for everyone. There are numerous developments, and prices tend to be competitive, compared to the larger markets of Barrie and Collingwood. Tourism is a strong economic driver for the area; however, it is located close enough to the larger job markets of Barrie and Collingwood to prove easily commutable.
Wasaga Beach has numerous school options for elementary students, including a private international academy, and a large high school. It enjoys a public transit infrastructure.
Wasaga Beach offers a huge number of recreational endeavours. Visit the many hiking trails, the Nottawasaga River game fishing, canoeing, and boating; or spend your day on the vast beach, enjoying Georgian Bay’s clear water. The sunsets are amazing and will create memories forever. For year-round enjoyment, Wasaga Beach is located just a short 35-minute drive from the slopes of Blue Mountain. You will never yearn for something to do in Wasaga Beach.