Beach Ecology

Mayflies, killdeer, ring-billed gulls, piping plovers, wormwood, sea rocket, and marram grass share Wasaga’s beach area with millions of visitors each summer. The 14-km beachfront not only provides recreation space for sunbathers and swimmers; it is also a diverse and active ecosystem.

The sand itself is constantly moving due to the effects of wind, waves, and currents from the Bay. These movements change the shape of the landscape, meeting habitat requirements of the wildlife living within. As the sand moves, native beach plants such as Marram Grass and Wormwood help establish freshwater dunes, an ecosystem so rare, that it is considered globally imperilled.

Dunes, beach and shoreline all offer unique components to the wildlife that make the beach their home. Threatened species, like the piping plover need the beach ecosystem for breeding. Although we can protect the species, it takes a community effort to protect the ecosystem they rely on for their survival. Respecting the boundaries of closed beach areas, taking time to walk around beach vegetation, and helping keep the beach clean are all ways in which you can be a part of the community effort.

Donate Now

Support our education, conservation and research programs! This includes the Piping Plover stewardship program and the operation of Nancy Island Historic Site.

Donate Now

Membership Form

Download and print our Membership Form.

Events Calendar

Healthy Parks Healthy People – July 20, 2018
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Celebrate Healthy Parks, Healthy People with free day use at Wasaga Beach Provincial Park!  Special events to celebrate Healthy Parks, Healthy People and Ontario Parks’ 125th Anniversary will be taking place.  Call (705)429-2516 for more details on events.

Wasaga Under Siege – A War of 1812 Experience
Aug 18 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Wasaga Under Siege – Visit British, American, Native and British Naval encampments on Nancy Island Historic Site. Re-enactors will transport you back to the War of 1812 through musket and cannon firing, 1812 cooking, fashion and surgeon demonstrations and storytelling.

Wasaga Under Siege – A War of 1812 Experience
Aug 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Mission Statement

The Friends of Nancy Island Historic Site and Wasaga Beach Park is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to furthering the educational and interpretive programs of Wasaga Beach Provincial Park and Nancy Island Historic Site.

Goals of The Friends of Nancy Island

Friends of Nancy Island Blog

The Friends have started a blog – and we would love for you to check it out: CLICK HERE Learn more about Wasaga Beach’s unique natural and cultural history, keep up to date on activities and events, follow our twitter feed, and don’t forget to subscribe for e-mail notifications. Happy reading!

Wasaga Beach Provincial Park
Main Office
11-22nd Street North
Wasaga Beach, ON
L9Z 2V9
View on map

Wasaga Beach Welcome Centre & Nancy Island Historic Site
119 Mosley Street
Wasaga Beach, ON
View on map

Wasaga Beach Nordic Ski & Trail Centre
101 Blueberry Trail
Wasaga Beach, ON
View on map