Last weekend, we decided to cross one place off our summer bucket list – we spent Sunday morning at Belwood Lake Park (Beach). The cost of admission for the day was $7 per adult (15-64) and children 5 and under are free – so it cost us $14 total because both of our children are under 6. Children aged 6-14 are only $3 – so it won’t break the bank. Hours on the weekend indicate “dawn to dusk” which I think were specifically 6 am to 9 pm on the day we were there. Through the week, I believe they are open at 8 am – but don’t quote me on that. Their website will give you the details you need or you can always call to be sure. We arrived around 8:30 am to begin our adventure.
It was our first time at Belwood Lake Park and we had heard a lot about the Beach, so we ventured in that direction – next time we plan to explore the other side of the park where the actual lake is. The drive to the beach area is beautiful – a ton of trees and picnic tables – plenty of places to sit and enjoy lunch or a snack and take in your surroundings.
There is parking right in front of the beach – if it’s not too crowded when you arrive. This was a perk we weren’t expecting and we loved that we didn’t have to lug all our beach gear far. When we arrived there was only one other family there – it was very quiet and peaceful – we ate breakfast right on the beach and then got right into the fun.
The shallow area (in front of the roped off buoys) is perfect for little ones to roam. There are warning signs that indicate the water is deep beyond that point – we weren’t sure exactly how deep – but another beach goer advised us that at the deepest point it is 226 ft. – way deeper than we would have guessed. We always bring the kids life jackets when around water, so they already had those on – and I would recommend this tip for all of you. Accidents happen way too fast and better have them with their life jackets on then take the risk – not worth it. We were safe around the water and the kids both had so much fun.
If you are uncomfortable with the depth, the area to the right of the fence is very shallow and your children can touch the entire way across. Also, along the fence is a great place to spot minnows (we saw a ton), and tadpoles earlier in the summer.
There are also washrooms close by and a playground – we were having too much fun in the water to check out the playground, but there is one if your children enjoy a good playground.
We also saw a few Monarch butterflies – my son’s favourite activity was chasing the butterflies and collecting rocks 🙂
By the time we left (around 12), it was starting to become busier. If that doesn’t bother you, then you can go whenever. If you prefer a quieter experience then I would recommend going first thing in the morning. All in all, we had such a fun day and will definitely be back to revisit Belwood Lake Park beach and to explore other areas of the park. We are lucky to live so close – but definitely worth checking out this area this summer if you don’t live close. Happy Monday!