Top East Gwillimbury summer activities 30-minutes or less from home

September 20, 2022

The town of East Gwillimbury is bustling with attractions, food and entertainment all within a 30 minute radius of home. A short drive around town offers access to numerous activities for families, couples and solo adventurers – including water amusement parks, noteworthy golf-clubs and trails, and a charming old-fashioned drive-in movie theatre well worth the trip. The summer is the perfect setting to enjoy all the amenities this community has to offer and, lucky for you, some of the best beaches on Lake Simcoe reside here. To make the most of your time, plan out a day-long combination of an activity, dinner and a movie.

Sibbald Point Provincial Park

Sibbald Point Provincial Park has one of the best beaches on Lake Simcoe.  With it’s spacious park offering 583 campsites, two playgrounds, a boat launch, generous wooded hiking trails, hut rental services, BBQ and volleyball areas, plus a gorgeous sandy beach seated alongside the lake. Sibbald Point Provincial Park is a leisurely package of endless fun and tons of things to do. As an added feature, the park is home to Sibbald Memorial Museum, or Eildon Hall, a heritage building constructed by the Sibbald family that’s dedicated to life in rural Ontario during the mid-nineteenth century. If you’re looking for a place that’s close to home to spend the day, this is your best bet.

Nokiidaa Trail

The Nokiidaa Trail travels the East Holland River and connects three communities: Aurora, Newmarket and of course, East Gwillimbury. You’ll have a chance to wander through wetlands, city parks, and meander adjacent local trails. This trail is easy enough and perfect for walks with your dog, has plenty of shady areas for rest or to view birds and other small forms of wildlife. 

Rail Yard Wake and Aqua Park

Located on a secluded corner of the lake, this private 25-acre inflatable water park is a blast! Try the variety of  slides, trampolines, climbers, monkey bars, obstacles and walkways all in the warm waters of Lake Simcoe. You can buy a day pass for the inflatable water park and enjoy everything it has to offer all day long. They have food and snacks available on site at the licensed waterfront patio. As of July 1st,  the park is only open for cable wakeboarding, standup paddleboarding and kayaking. All equipment needed to wakeboard, kayak or SUP is conveniently for rent on site or you can bring your own. 

Honourable mention: Splash ON Water Park is Barrie splash water park that's worth the 30-minute drive and twice the fun.

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