I hate to say it, but if you have not yet booked a hotel on the beach in Outer Banks or Atlantic City for Labor Day weekend, you could probably get a very good deal right now. Both these areas were hit pretty hard by Hurricane Irene, which couldn’t have come at a worse time: one week before one of the year’s busiest beach weekends. So, I decided to write this post – not to encourage “disaster tourism” per se, but to help out these areas which are facing a very grim situation monetarily. Hotel cancellations are flooding in faster than the floods brought by storm surges and high tides as many tourists are deciding to cancel their “last hurrah” trip of the summer and stay home instead.
Since 2008, Ontario’s formerly dog-friendly Wasaga Beach has been closed during the summers in order to protect some endangered birds. However, as of this summer, Beach #3 is now open to dogs, so bring your pooch to play in the water while the warm weather lasts! (Those of you living in Ontario know that the warm weather is definitely on its way out soon.) Wasaga Beach is on Georgian Bay and is part of Lake Huron. The beach is over 14 kilometers (8.6 miles), and it’s apparently the longest freshwater beach in the world. Wasagha is only about a thirty minute drive from Toronto, so it’s an easy day trip.
If you’re a dog-lover in Canada, you might be interested in this list of dog-friendly beaches and parks in Canada. Here’s a short list:
Beach camping is the best. What could possibly better than sleeping right on the sand and having the ocean be the first thing you see every morning? Summer’s are a bit humid, of course, but as fall approaches, the weather cools off you can fall asleep listening to the waves in cooler air. Too rustic for you? Many campsites offer cabins, too. And most are pet-friendly, so bring the pooch for some fresh ocean air.
If all that wasn’t enough to convince you to try beach camping, just think about the cost – it’s very low! At all the sites listed below, you can camp for less than $40/night! Those rates are for the site, not for the person.
If you were told that you could get paid $6,000 a WEEK to play in the sand, stay in fancy hotels, eat amazing meals and get lots of publicity, would you do it? Ok, ok, so maybe play in the sand isn’t the correct word – but it feels funny saying “work” when I’m talking about sand. In any case, it appears that some people actually do make $6,000 a week to build sand castles. And that’s just not fair.
Or maybe it is. Ok, it definitely is. These aren’t just people playing with buckets – they’re educated mechanical engineers and teachers who happen to be really good at building stuff in sand. And apparently, people are paying them to do so.