Wasaga Beach -ON
Wasaga Beach (variant: Wasaga) is a town in Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada. Situated along the second longest freshwater beach in the world, it is a popular summer tourist destination, located on Nottawasaga Bay along the southern end of Georgian Bay, approximately two hours north of Toronto; and neighbours, to the west, Collingwood and The Blue Mountains which attract visitors much of the year.
Wasaga Beach and the surrounding area was inhabited by the Huron (Wyandot) people for centuries before they were dispersed in 1650 by the French-allied Algonquin people. The word Nottawasaga is of Algonquin origin. Nottawa means “Iroquois” and saga means “mouth of the river”; the word “Nottawasaga” was used by Algonquin scouts as a warning if they saw Iroquois raiding parties approaching their villages. The lack of suitable farming land made it unattractive to settlers. But in the 1820s the first sign of settlement in the area began. In 1826, land was being sold for four shillings an acre. Though unsuitable for farming, the Wasaga Beach area had an abundance of trees and in the late 1830s and throughout the rest of the century the logging industry would play an important role in the development of the area. During the 1900s, families began to discover the beauty of the area. The incorporation of the Town of Wasaga Beach became effective January 1, 1974. Today the town has 20,665 full-time residents and 16,000 seasonal and part-time residents.
On November 30, 2007, a major fire destroyed 90 per cent of the buildings along the street mall in the Beach One area. About 17 seasonal businesses were said to have been affected. The beach itself is owned and operated by Ontario Parks as the Wasaga Beach Provincial Park and is the area’s primary attraction. Of the six main beach areas, Beach areas One and Two and the adjacent private/public lands have historically functioned as the main destination for tourism activity. Over two million people visit Wasaga Beach every summer, attracted by the town’s freshwater beach (stretching 14 kilometres or 8.7 miles), swim in shallow (warm), clean water and enjoy the panoramic views of the Niagara Escarpment across the bay. There are many recreational trails that are used for hiking, cycling, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. The Nottawasaga River offers game fishing and canoe routes.
Town of Wasaga Beach – https://www.wasagabeach.com/
Tourism – http://wasagabeachtourism.com/home
Newspaper – https://www.simcoe.com/wasagabeach-on/
Hydro – Wasaga Distribution – https://wasagadist.ca/
Natural Gas – https://www.enbridgegas.com/My-Account/IM-Moving
Health Care Connect
Health Care Connect helps assist Ontarians in finding a family doctor. People who are without a family doctor are referred to medical professionals such as nurse practitioners who are accepting new patients within the community. Register by phone at 1-800-445-1822
Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP)
Public Health – Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit – http://www.simcoemuskokahealth.org/
Medical Centres & Clinics
South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre – https://www.southgeorgianbaychc.ca/
Collingwood G & M Hospital – https://www.cgmh.on.ca/
Collingwood After Hours Clinic – 186 Erie St, Collingwood, ON