SURFING: We know what you are thinking, surfing in a Lake? SURFING THE GREAT LAKES?
Yes - it is true, you can surf at Kincardine’s Station Beach! When the conditions are right with mother nature. North West winds kick up some nice surf swell at station beach. Infact 2012 Explore Magazine ranked Kincardine Station Beach as second in Canada for "Where to surf in Canada." Redbull.ca listed this beach as "Canada’s Top Surf Spots."
Station Beach Kincardine is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Ontario and is home to the most beautiful and most dramatic sunsets in the world. Station Beach is also known as one of the best places to Surf in The Great Lakes! That’s right Kincardine #surftown. When the North West winds blow through surfers from all over migrate to Kincardine’s Station Beach to enjoy the surf & swell thats been served up by good ol’ mother nature. Surfer’s enjoy the fact that when the swell is the right direction they can save there energy from paddling out and just JUMP off the end of the pier into the large surf and catch some of the longest rides they’ve ever had!! Surfer’s also enjoy the proximity of the surf break to local Kincardine stores, resteraunts and the fact that parking, washrooms and warm showers are right beside this most popular surf spot! Kincardine's Station Beach is also home to the biggest surf competition in The Great Lakes. The West Shore Huron Classic // The Great Lakes Surf Competition presented by Billabong!
Kincardine's main beach area--Station Beach--blends the beauty of an unspoiled beach with the unique history of its community. The restored lighthouse sits guard over the harbour which is a mere saunter to the pier, water, the boardwalk, play equipment, washrooms, changerooms, snackbar and the sand. Reant a paddle board from West Shore's mobile surf truck, Play a game of beach volleyball or meander along the boardwalk which runs from the harbour to Albert Street. Listen to the bagpipes of the Phantom Piper from the lighthouse every evening except Saturday as it pipes down every sunset of the summer.
A sandy beach, with a smattering of small pebbles lining the water's edge, the water is shallow with a gradual slope. Definitely a beach for little ones when there's no wind on flat water days! Sunning and swimming are the most popular activities for people of all ages. For the more physically active, there is co-ed beach volleyball every Friday at 7 p.m.
The boardwalk, bordering the beach, is a great place to stroll or jog and catch a bit of exercise. The boardwalk can be a learning experience, too. Soak up some local marine history as well as the sun through the interpretive signs with information about local shipwrecks. From the north side of the Pier to Saugeen Street, the small stretch of beach is great for children. Tiny Tot Park, the Snack Bar, washrooms, a covered picnic area (at Dunsmoor Park), lots of shade trees, the Rock Gardens, the Pavillion and Lovers Lane add to the ambiance of this part of the beach. Parking is plentiful and, just like Station Beach, the sandy beach gently slopes into Lake Huron. Sand bars off the shore add a unique dimension to wading out into the lake.
The lighthouse and museum in the old keeper's quarters are open for tours all summer.
The Kincardine Yacht Club shares clubhouse space with the museum and is responsible for the harbour and lighthouse. The museum is filled with historic marine artifacts from Kincardine and area, with photos depicting the Kincardine harbour in the 1890s. Climb the steps to the top to check out the view--spectacular!--and check out the unique layout of the living quarters. In front of the lighthouse, the anchor of the Ann Maria, which was shipwrecked in 1902, is mounted.
For a change of scenery, take the Penetangore Path which runs along the Penetangore River for about 4 km. Classified as an easy walk, the combined hardpacked surface and boardwalk starts at the lighthouse at the harbour and continue to the Geddes Property Environment Park. The path is accessible from the harbour's parking lot.
Reunion Park, adjacent to Station Beach, offers a shady spot to relax. Munchies are available from the snack bar built to resemble an old railway station. To reach Station Beach and Reunion Park from downtown Kincardine, take Durham, Lambton or Harbour Streets (make sure you're travelling toward the lake!), then travel south along Huron Terrace. Downtown Kincardine is minutes away by foot. Leave the car and browse through the boutiques, antique shops and retail stores. As you travel up Harbour Street, take note of the historic Walker House hotel building. Kincardine's oldest building, it is undergoing extensive renovations by a group of volunteers determined to preserve this important part of Kincardine's history.
Take a break from the sand and the sun to visit the fish hatchery at Rotary Park. The brown trout fish hatchery is nestled on the bank of the Penetangore River, within walking distance of Reunion Park. Reunion Park has plenty of free parking close to everything needed to have a perfect day at the beach!
-Type of Beach: Sandy with small pebbles, gradual slope in water
-Length: 1.1 km
-Public Washrooms: Yes, with showers.
Kincardine and area is paradise for beach lovers. In addition to Station Beach, five other beaches await your towel and umbrella.
NOTE: On windy Southwest, West and Northwest days this beach is not a safe swimming beach for even the best of swimmers. These wind directions kick up waves and create a strong rip current here. Basically if there's heavy waves please be safe and stay out of the water for swimming purposes. Please wear PFDs if playing in the waves and always swim or enjoy the water with a buddy.
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