Destination guide

Life's a beach at Grand Bend vacation rentals

Pack your swimsuits and your sunscreen – when you get to your Grand Bend vacation rental, you won't want to leave the beach. Stretching over the shores of Lake Huron, Grand Bend's beaches are some of Canada's best. And it's not just because they're beautiful – the water is also clear and safe, and the beach is well-managed and guarded by lifeguards. These qualities have earned Grand Bend a prestigious Blue Flag Beach designation. So, you can let your kids play on the beach with little worry, challenge your friends to a fierce game of beach volleyball, or go on a sunset stroll with your sweetheart. If you can tear yourself away from the beach, Grand Bend's Main Street has a lively arts and food scene you won't want to miss.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Grand Bend

Are you looking for things to do while you're in the area? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Grand Bend a fun place to get away. These are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Sand Hills Golf Resort (9.7 mi / 15.7 km)
  • Ironwood Golf Club (14.8 mi / 23.9 km)
Day trips

Exciting day trips from your Grand Bend vacation rental

As beautiful as Grand Bend is, there are plenty of other jewels a short drive away that you'll want to check out. Here are a few day trips you may want to take while you're in Grand Bend:

  • Pinery Provincial Park. A mere 12-minute drive from Grand Bend, Pinery Provincial Park has 10 multi-use trails. Hiking those trails will bring you to sand dunes held in place by oaks and junipers, and more than 300 bird species call this park home, too. You can also kayak the Old Ausable Channel in summer and ski in winter.
  • Owen Sound. This city on the southern shore of Georgian Bay is 2 hours and 30 minutes from Grand Bend. The dramatic Niagara Escarpment looms over the city, and 4 marvellous waterfalls flow from the escarpment's edges. Hikes to the waterfalls are worth the trip – just make sure you make it back in time to enjoy Owen Sound's nightlife.
  • Hamilton. If you think Owen Sound's waterfalls are breathtaking, wait until you get to Hamilton. This city is surrounded by more than 100 cascades, the best-known of which is the scenic Webster's Falls. Hamilton is a 2-hour drive from Grand Bend.
  • Toronto. When you've had your fill of beaches and scenery sights, you can drive 2 hours to Toronto for a culture fix. Toronto is a major centre of art in Ontario, and you can spend the day touring its art galleries and museums.

Weather

Seasonal weather in Grand Bend

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your vacation, July, August, June and September are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 72°F.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Grand Bend

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Grand Bend is a great place to get outside. These are some of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Grand Bend Beach (1.3 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Pinery Provincial Park (5.5 mi / 8.9 km)
How to get around

How to get around from your Grand Bend vacation rental

You won't find any public transit in Grand Bend, so in order to get from Point A to Point B while you're here, you can either rent a car or a bike. Taxis in the area offer pick-up service, and will generally take you as far as London, Ontario – just keep in mind you may need to call ahead.

Restaurants and bars

A day at the beach will whet your appetite. No worries, though – Grand Bend's restaurants have you covered. Check out these fantastic eateries in town:

  • Aunt Gussie's. Set in a 1950s-style country home, this Grand Bend institution serves up some awesome comfort food. The fish-and-chips is a staple there, but Aunt Gussie's has some Asian noodles and vegan options, too.
  • Denny's Drive-In. Another Grand Bend institution, Denny's offers classic diner delights like burgers, hotdogs, and milkshakes. And because this is Canada, there's poutine and fish-and-chips on the menu as well.
  • Midori. If you're up for some sushi, Midori's is the place to go. They've got a wide selection of sushi, tempura, and dumplings, plus specialty rolls with quirky names like Optimus Prime, Kamikaze, and Hipster.

Family friendly

It's kids' play enjoying your Grand Bend vacation rental

Kids love the beach, right? Well you're guaranteed to keep them entertained when you book a family-friendly Grand Bend vacation rental, as the area's attractions are aimed squarely at the younger visitors. As well as the safe beaches there's plenty of adrenaline-filled activity on offer, with paddleboarding, skateboarding and cycling paths. And if your family include a 4-legged member there's more good news, as some of the beaches allow dogs even in the peak months.

Where to stay near Grand Bend?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 69 house rentals near Grand Bend. From 39 Cottages to 28 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Grand Bend for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Grand Bend?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Grand Bend. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Pinery Provincial Park: 122 home rentals
  • Bayfield Community Centre: 124 home rentals
  • Grand Bend Motorplex: 138 home rentals
  • South Huron Hospital: 121 home rentals
  • Lambton County Museum: 124 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Grand Bend listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Grand Bend?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 39 Cottages in Grand Bend. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Grand Bend include:

  • Houses: 28 lodging choices
  • Cabins: 39 lodging choices
  • Bungalows: 39 lodging choices

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Grand Bend?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 5 vacation homes with pool available in Grand Bend.