Swimming and Beaches in Sault Ste. Marie
Mid-July to mid-September are usually the best months to swim in Lake Superior. Earlier, if you have a thick skin or a wetsuit. But there is no thrill greater to a swimming buff than to ply the waters of the biggest lake in the world. On windy days you can body surf in the waves. There are endless sandy beaches for sun worshiping and children’s play. Or for sitting on a rock dangling your feet by a waterfall. Whatever your water-wish is on a hot summer’s day, you can swim at city beaches or head out to the provincial parks north of Sault Ste. Marie. And of course, there are the pools and whirlpools of Club Cabana available to all guests at the Inn. Read more…
The Inn supports your Swimming adventure:
- Inn Packages – Combine your adventure with a one-to-three-night stay at the Inn and enjoy the pools and whirlpools of Club Cabana Aqua Spa after your day’s adventure. Find out more.
- Lunch to Go – The Inn’s kitchen will create a hearty and healthy boxed lunch for you to enjoy.
- Adventure Hosts – Consult with an Adventure Host for activity assistance.
Call 1-888-461-7077 for more information on packages, adventures and more, or book online.
Batchewana Bay Provincial Park
A 45-minute drive north of the Inn will bring you to one of the finest beaches on the southeast shore of Lake Superior with a 1.6 kilometre-long sandy shoreline. The water warms up for great swimming in crystal-clear waters for July & August. Other activities include picnicking, hiking & fishing. Open from mid-May to mid-October.
Drive distance from the Inn is 29.7 km to this popular local beach on the shore of Lake Superior. The beach is shallow and sandy….great for kids. As you travel north on Hwy. 17, you will see the beach on your left.
Hiawatha Highlands/Crystal Creek Conservation Area
Just 5 minutes from The Water Tower Inn will bring you to this favourite local swim hole. The small lake with sandy beach is great for kids and you can drive/park right to the water’s edge. The surrounding forested park is located within the city limits. There is no park fee, and you can make a day of it exploring the boardwalk, stairs and lookouts to view the cascading set of Crystal Creek Falls. Facilities include a large park area with children’s playground and picnic pavilion. The Park is provided by the local Kinsmen Club.
Katherine Cove in Lake Superior Provincial Park
This wonderful sand beach is a bit of a drive…90 km….but worth every scenic moment. Located in Lake Superior Provincial Park, on the eastern shore of Lake Superior, the shallow waters and fine sand beach make Katherine Cove especially appealing to families. You can swim out to Bathtub Island, a not-far-from-shore islet with a convex rock centre that fills with crystal clear lake water, then warms in the sun. Lovely to lie in. Day-use picnic area.
Pancake Bay in Lake Superior Provincial Park
Every bit worth the 50 minute drive north from the Inn, the park features three kilometres of sand beaches, and is a great place for swimming, boating, fishing, hiking nature trails. Located along the eastern shore of Lake Superior, there is superb swimming July and August, and into the beginning of September when the water is often at its warmest, and the crimson maples flaunt their fall colours. Stop in at Agawa Indian Crafts & the Canadian Carver for an enjoyable browse of Northern Ontario gifts and sundries.
Pointe des Chênes
Just a 20-minute drive from the Inn and located west of Sault Ste. Marie where the St Mary’s River begins at Lake Superior’s southern end. Great swimming conditions with mostly sandy beach. The area is popular with sunbathers, swimmers and wind surfers, and is operated by the Sault Ste. Marie Lions Club. Onsite amenities include a convenience store at the adjacent campground. Open mid-May to end of September.