Bay Beach

Bay Beach, Crystal Beach: Hours, Address, Bay Beach Reviews: 3.5/5

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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COVID-19 UPDATE | Bay Beach is open to the general public. Beach capacity restrictions will be put in place (2000 maximum) to allow for proper physical distancing. To access the beach, beachgoers will be required to present one of three 2021 Bay Beach passes (resident, commercial or day). Beach entry will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis, and proof of residency will not be required when entering Bay Beach. Beachgoers are encouraged to review beach rules and the real-time beach capacity tracker before heading to Bay Beach.
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Sander Z
1 contribution
Too many restrictions for a beach
Sep 2021 • Family
This was a horrible experience. Having to pay for parking and per person is absolutely ridiculous. Most people go to the beach to have fun and enjoy what ever they bring ! There are too many restrictions like no tables ? And they check your bags ? What is this the airport …. Never going back there and I hope after reading this you don’t go there as well ! There are way better beaches where you won’t have to leave what you brought in the car … just saying
Written 6 September 2021
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Charlotte T
1 contribution
Ridiculous rules and worse explanation
Sep 2021 • Family
Nice white sand but a lot of pebbles/rocks in the water. They had to search our bags but didn’t even bother screening for covid. In addition, we were not allowed a baby canopy for our newborn. Ridiculous! When I asked the reason the security guard said “ you know sometimes kids go missing, and the canopy’s can hit them on the head” ?? What? And the umbrellas on the beach can’t? How about you invest in a lifeguard then for the $5 entry fee per person and $15 parking.
Written 5 September 2021
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Temo
1 contribution
Racist staff
Aug 2021 • Family
Racists staff.
We are a Canadian but not white, we have been treated in a rude way by staff there, they checked our staff like in the airport. The old lady in the gate returned us twice to return what they called not allowed items!!. They didn't allow me to get in a very small tea table but I saw a bigger table with another person at the beach. When I asked about the reason, they rudely didn't explain, just saying this stupid common words: it's the rules! If you are a candidate white, I don't think this behavior will be an issue with you. No open minded people.
Another point. Bathrooms are located outside the gate, you have to walk and make a long turn to reach them through the exit. No making any sense.
To me, treating all people politely is the most important point. Unfortunately, this point is missing in many places in Ontario by white Canadian people.
Written 30 August 2021
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Ayesha
1 contribution
Racism
Aug 2021
I personally have never experienced racism in Canada, but my experience on this beach was horrible. I was walking down to the beach, minding my own business and a white lady stopped me and verbally harassed me based on religion. I know my country Canada to be a welcoming and safe place but this problem needs to be addressed. None of the people around spoke up. If your not white, I would not recommend this beach.
Written 29 August 2021
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LilFarro
3 contributions
Stay Away...so we can enjoy the beach alone 🤣
Aug 2021 • Family
Unfortunately, only umbrellas are permitted, wish i knew that ahead if time!! And it is VERY crowded because its not a large beach. Twice we found broken pieces beer bottles 🤬

Despite that, it is very clean...the garbage bins are emptied several times a day!!! There is police presence. The water is clean and just overall a nice place. Their washrooms are very clean, they even have showers!

Parking isnt impossible but a huge plus is there is an area where you can unload and load your car. Even though its far for us (2 hours), we will definitely go back.
Written 22 August 2021
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ATV2013
Vancouver, Canada3 contributions
Waste of time.
Aug 2021 • Family
First of all it says that only 2000 people are allowed but apparently is only 1000 at least that's what we were told when we got there. My experience was very bad and other beaches around the main one are just to small and packed. Don't waste your time.
Written 21 August 2021
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Handsome Man
Oakville, Canada39 contributions
Packed on a Saturday
Aug 2021 • Family
The beach is nice and clean and the water is warm and shallow but it was very crowded. Everyone packed a few feet from each other. I am 100% in favour of the fees and rules because if they didn’t have them the beach would be chaotic and filthy. The beach is an hour from Burlington and the security and fees are for crowd control. Why do people need a tent at the beach? The idea is to lie in the sun. Thank god they don’t allow them. They block the view and take up too much space. The new thing seems to be small wagons filled with junk. Times have changed and Crystal Beach is doing what they have to do to allow most people to have a good time and so jerks who want bbqs, tents and to bring loads of crap with them don’t ruin a beautiful beach experience for others.
Written 15 August 2021
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Adam S
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Hidden Gem
Aug 2021 • Family
Incredibly clean beach. Perfect family environment. It is what Wasaga Beach used to be. If your looking for a nice spot to enjoy time with friends and family this is it. I have no problem paying to park and visit this beach. Well done Crystal Beach!!!! You have excelled in areas most beaches in Ontario have failed !!
Written 5 August 2021
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Cheryl S
1 contribution
Great family beach!
Jul 2021
We just returned from a one week vacation (family of 5; 3 kids aged 6, 8 and 10) and absolutely loved it.

We have been to 3 or 4 other beaches on Lake Erie, and this was by far our favourite!

We rented a small place that was literally a 90 second walk to the beach.
We went to the beach most days of the week - even on days with bad weather, there was inevitably an hour or two that we could get out and enjoy the water!

The beach was so clean!!! The sand was beautiful, the water 'crystal' clear, and we loved that we could buy lunch at one of the local restaurants and bring it to the beach for an easy lunch (waffles/crepes, Mexican, pizza).

If I had read the negative reviews on here prior to going, we may have missed out on this lovely experience!! Go and experience it!

If you want shade, bring a single pole umbrella. No alcohol allowed = a peaceful experience for all!!
Written 1 August 2021
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JiggsyJiggs
Guelph, Canada32 contributions
Great safe clean beach!
Jul 2021 • Friends
I have a little chuckle when I read the bad reviews… I live here and I love this beach. It is clean and well maintained.
The rules are environmentally sound! People did disgusting things in their tents… broken glass and litter used to be left all over the place! Now it is clean and safe. Lovely washrooms. Lots of restaurants within short walking distance. Or bring your own picnic - nothing in glass. No alcohol.
Pay for parking across the road or park further back for free and walk.
Written 29 July 2021
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