The Best Beaches Near Burlington and Hamilton

Updated for 2021 – There are so many beautiful beaches near Burlington and Hamilton. Beach season seems to be upon us sooner this year than in years past, and we’ve got a great selection of beaches near Hamilton and Burlington perfect for your next day trip.

Here are some alternative locales, sorted by distance, for your summer beach day. All distances are by car, on the highway, from Burlington Beach, while it’s less accessible this summer.


Burlington Beach

Our favourite thing about Burlington Beach is its proximity to home! Just a short drive and you’re at a beautiful beach. It’s been a very popular destination this summer, so be prepared for lots of other locals to enjoy it, too. Burlington Beach has a sandy shoreline and the water is very shallow, which means you can walk quite a distance out into the lake and still barely have the water hit 4′ high. If you want to lug less to the beach, you can rent some beach space, plastic chairs, water and sand toys from Burlington Beach Rentals or bring your own. Plan for a full day at Burlington Beach because they have washrooms, outdoor showers, a snack bar (closed currently) and a playground, too. Parking is “less than ideal” with the crowds who have been visiting, so arrive early, and if possible visit on a weekday. New for 2021, PAID PARKING at the Burlington Beachfront. 

Burlington Beach photo c/o Inside Halton


Christie Lake Conservation Area

From the Hamilton Conservation website: “Located in the heart of the conservation area, Christie Lake’s 360-metre sandy beach is a great place to enjoy the summer sun! Build a sandcastle, while you enjoy views of the forested area across the lake.” As far as local beaches go, this one is just a stone’s throw away! Our readers rate this as one of the best beaches near Burlington and Hamilton, especially for canoeing and paddleboarding. No reservations are required for Hamilton Conservation areas, but to ensure adequate distance can be maintained, Hamilton Conservations will close access and parking lots should they reach capacity.

Distance: 25 minutes from Burlington

Christie Lake


Kelso Beach

Did you know we had such a great beach so close to home? Kelso Beach is a spot my friend recommended to us when we were on the search for beaches near Burlington. She noted some of the attributes as the ability to swim in a natural lake, camp if you choose, bring a picnic, rent a canoe and even try our balance on a stand-up paddle-board. There is a lifeguard on duty. Reservations need to be made to visit, which ensures you won’t run into massive crowds. Part of a 35-hectare lake, there is plenty of space to splash around with the kids, set up beach chairs, sunbathe on the sand, and play a game of beach volleyball. After your swim, grab a snack at the beach concession stand. If you feel like exploring beyond the beach and swimming area, you can take a stroll along the boardwalk, try a boat rental, or go fishing. Halton Region’s Beach Monitoring Program checks water quality at various recreational beaches including Kelso. Click here to see the current water quality conditions at Kelso.

Distance: 30 minutes from Burlington

Kelso Swimming-CH
photo courtesy of Halton Conservation


Emerald Lake

Emerald Lake may be the crowd favourite for beaches near Hamilton! It has everything you could want for a day at the beach – and then some! This RV resort and water park is a popular destination for families because of its numerous amenities. In addition to the 5-acre spring-fed lake and the 5-acre spring-fed quarry, complete with water trampoline rock climbing wall and catapult, you’ll also have access to the 2′ deep kiddie pool, the  200′ water slide, 3200 square foot splash pad, beach volleyball courts and a basketball court. Families of all ages rank this as one of their favourite beaches near Hamilton.

Distance: 40 minutes from Burlington

Local Beaches - Emerald Lake
photo courtesy of


Lakeside Park Beach, Port Dalhousie

This is our favourite beach near Burlington and Hamilton. Shallow water, warm sand, a snack bar, and an antique carousel are just 4 reasons to visit Lakeside Park Beach in Port Dalhousie. Plenty of green space for picnicking, throwing the ball around, or perfecting your cartwheels, too! This is a staple on the ActiveParents summer bucket list!

Distance: 40 minutes

Local Beaches - Lakeside Park Beach
photo courtesy of trip advisor


Valens Conservation Area

Valens, another one of the beaches close to Hamilton, has glowing TripAdvisor reviews from seasoned campers. Reviewers praised the cleanliness of the grounds and washrooms, its peacefulness for all ages, and the serenity of the natural swimming area. Spend the day, or camp overnight, rent a canoe and unwind with the family. No reservations are required for Hamilton Conservation areas, but to ensure adequate distance can be maintained, Hamilton Conservations will close access and parking lots should they reach capacity.

Distance: 40 minutes

Local Beaches - Valens Lake
photo courtesy of conservation hamilton


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Crystal Beach – aka Bay Beach

The beautiful, clear waters are where Crystal Beach in Fort Erie got its name. The waters are ideal for canoeing and kayaking, some stand-up paddle-boarding, and of course swimming. Washrooms and change rooms are available for your convenience. Remember to bring your sand toys for the beach, but leave your pets at home, we’ve read they’re not permitted on the beach. A Day Pass can be purchased at the Bay Beach main entrance for $5 each (cash, credit and/or debit). Children 10 years and under are free. Proof of residency is not required to access Bay Beach.

Distance: 1 hour

Local Beaches - Crystal Beach
photo courtesy of fort Erie tourism


Turkey Point

Not exactly one of the beaches near Burlington, but this one comes highly recommended so we added it. Turkey Point’s 2km wide beach boasts beautiful sand and ideal conditions for busy families. No lifeguards on duty, but the shallow water makes for a perfect day of splashing for kids. Life jackets are available to rent, and both paid and free parking are available close to the beach. But don’t let the fun end, because you can camp overnight, too!

Distance: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Local Beaches - Turkey Point Beach
photo courtesy of Ontario parks


Long Point

Long Point is highly recommended for camping and day trips, and it’s a destination we’ll get to this summer. from the Ontario Parks website: “Large, sandy beaches are located by Monarch’s Rest and Turtle Dunes Campground and the Day-Use are in the New Park as well as Cottonwood Campground in the Old Park. Over two kilometres of soft sand and warm water awaits you.”

Distance: 1 hour, 40 minutes

Local Beaches - Long Point Beach
photo courtesy of trip advisor


Know Before You Go…

Wondering if the water is clean and clear? We like to use a few resources to check before we jump into any body of water. Use one, or try a few and make sure they’re all on the same page.

Halton Region’s official water safety resource

Hamilton’s official water quality resource

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