Bay Beach
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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  • Handsome Man
    Oakville, Canada45 contributions
    Packed on a Saturday
    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.
    Visited August 2021
    Travelled with family
    Written August 15, 2021
  • Ildiko R
    Mississauga, Canada20 contributions
    Expensive for a relatively short shoreline
    We went at end of August to Crystal Beach. It was crowded as always but managed to park free much further from the entrance. The entrance fee is still$10/person which used to be free a few years ago. It went to $5/person and now it is $10/person. You can find several small restaurants if you don't want to haul your cooler with you in the send. They give you a bracelet so you can come back. A shore is very rocky with sharp small rocks but if you enter the water where the rubber path ends you can walk in without any trouble; no rocks. The worst is that you can't take any sun tent onto the beach, only umbrellas, which will get blown away if the wind is strong and hit other beachgoers. There is no shade on the beach. There is an area where you can shower to wash off all the sand at the washroom area which is very useful. Pros: Lots of sun, lots of sand, warm water temperature Cons: Crowded, no shade, no sun-tent allowed-only umbrellas, expensive for a small beach (300 m sandy shoreline)
    Visited August 2022
    Written September 5, 2022
  • Donna K
    Toronto, Canada579 contributions
    So Clean Beach Water and Soft Sand
    Just went to Crystal Beach on a very hot day. Wonderful breeze and the water is so clean. You can see the bottom, walking in on soft sand. The water level going in quite far is low so it is great for young kids to safely play in. I was just at Wasaga Beach a few weeks ago and it is cheaper, and the beach is long, great for walking but the water is dirty looking. Yes Crystal Beach is very expensive. For 2 people we paid $30.00. My mistake going on a Friday as it is considered weekend rates at $10.00 a person. During the week is $5.00 per person. Parking you have a choice of lots or street parking with a cost. Directly across the entrance to beach is a lot where it says $4.00 per hour or max $15.00. There is a machine to pay and you get a ticket to put in windshield. Directly across from this lot is another lot where there is an attendant and a sign for $10.00 parking no ticket given. There is security at entrance of beach and they search EVERYONE'S bags and wagons. That is ok with me. Just go by the rules, they do not want problems and want to keep their beach clean and a pleasant experience for everyone.
    Visited July 2022
    Written July 23, 2022
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Exploration598709
1 contribution
Sep. 2023 • Family
We will never go back to the crystal beach. There is an entry fee $10 each person in the weekend plus expensive parking fee. And you can't BBQ, can't use tent, you can only use umbrella.
Written September 3, 2023
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Nitsa Diakolouk... F
13 contributions
Jul. 2023 • Family
I love Bay Beach. We love Crystal Beach. So much that we bought a cottage. It’s shallow for kids. Clean. Clear. Best sunset. Nice sand. You need to pay to enter. I like that security monitors it. Lots of shops around for meals and snacks. Such an amazing vibe. I love this little beach community.
Written August 15, 2023
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Vicki C
1 contribution
Aug. 2023
Years ago this beach was awesome. Pretty sad that they changed the name to Bay BEach & 's all about the money now. You have to pay $10 a person for a day on the beach. It's not the amount, it's the principle, esp when everything else like gas, parking, food is expensive, you figure the beach would be free. We ended up driving down to Long Beach & the beach was just as nice & guess what LESS PEOPLE AND IT WAS FREE!!!
Written August 7, 2023
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Aarti Santoshh
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
Jul. 2023 • Family
If there was a 0 rating, I would rate this as 0. First, there's a parking fee of $25. Then, $10 per head entry fee. After paying, you can't bbq or cook anything on the beach. You can't even take a shade for the sun. Only umbrellas are allowed. Plus, it was extremely crowded.

We were a family of 8 people and preferred to walk away and instead went to Confederation Beach in Hamilton. Free entrance and parking, benches to relax and cook, and a gorgeous place.
Written July 19, 2023
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Goodman P
1 contribution
Jun. 2023 • Family
Don’t waste your time here .
Zero Hospitality here ,instead they have some
Local country staff acting like border agents .
Is a beach fellas not a prison yard don’t look to pick fights.
Written June 18, 2023
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Ildiko R
Mississauga, Canada20 contributions
Aug. 2022
We went at end of August to Crystal Beach. It was crowded as always but managed to park free much further from the entrance. The entrance fee is still$10/person which used to be free a few years ago. It went to $5/person and now it is $10/person.
You can find several small restaurants if you don't want to haul your cooler with you in the send. They give you a bracelet so you can come back.
A shore is very rocky with sharp small rocks but if you enter the water where the rubber path ends you can walk in without any trouble; no rocks.
The worst is that you can't take any sun tent onto the beach, only umbrellas, which will get blown away if the wind is strong and hit other beachgoers. There is no shade on the beach.
There is an area where you can shower to wash off all the sand at the washroom area which is very useful.
Pros: Lots of sun, lots of sand, warm water temperature
Cons: Crowded, no shade, no sun-tent allowed-only umbrellas, expensive for a small beach (300 m sandy shoreline)
Written September 5, 2022
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Vijaya L
9 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Solo
The beach was infested with hornets.
You cant relax, or eat. And even while swimming they hovering over you.
I wanted to do a Staycation and help build the community but the cost is $10 per person plus $20 for car parking if you found one. Clean washroom and no life guard. Pricy in this day and age .
All that took away the joy from the beautiful beach it was once know for.
Written August 28, 2022
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Sam
Mersin, Türkiye1 contribution
Jul. 2022 • Friends
It is getting worse and worse. Parking and entrance are expensive. $10 per person and you get nothing. Garbage bins are far. Washrooms are disaster. No Showers. So why we pay $10 per person. Plus the young local staff is not really friendly too the people who comes out of the town. They give really hard to at entrance. They act really unrespctful and rude. Dont waste your time to go to this beach. Lake is not clean water either.
Written August 7, 2022
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Lucian1970
Toronto, Canada1 contribution
Aug. 2022
Keep away …we traveled four hours to arrive there, they turned us away because of the discriminatory rules re beach goers. Only residents allowed in as ,supposedly , tickets for outsiders sold out in the morning. Waited two hours as we really wanted in , lots of people exiting the beach and creating capacity but only residents let in. Not counting actual numbers but arbitrary turning people away ( wrong decision In disclosing we are from Toronto ) .
Written August 2, 2022
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Donna K
Toronto, Canada579 contributions
Jul. 2022
Just went to Crystal Beach on a very hot day. Wonderful breeze and the water is so clean. You can see the bottom, walking in on soft sand. The water level going in quite far is low so it is great for young kids to safely play in. I was just at Wasaga Beach a few weeks ago and it is cheaper, and the beach is long, great for walking but the water is dirty looking. Yes Crystal Beach is very expensive. For 2 people we paid $30.00. My mistake going on a Friday as it is considered weekend rates at $10.00 a person. During the week is $5.00 per person. Parking you have a choice of lots or street parking with a cost. Directly across the entrance to beach is a lot where it says $4.00 per hour or max $15.00. There is a machine to pay and you get a ticket to put in windshield. Directly across from this lot is another lot where there is an attendant and a sign for $10.00 parking no ticket given. There is security at entrance of beach and they search EVERYONE'S bags and wagons. That is ok with me. Just go by the rules, they do not want problems and want to keep their beach clean and a pleasant experience for everyone.
Written July 23, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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