Windsurfing spots around the GTA.

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Windsurfing spots around the GTA.

Postby Amir.Fitness » Wed May 04, 2016 1:31 pm

Windsurfing is popular around Halton area, off whichever beach has the best angle for the wind.

Here are the most popular places to windurf in the Greater Toronto Area:

Bronte Beach (Oakville)
Spencer Smith Park (Burlington)
Van Wagner's beach (Hamilton)
Binbrook Conservation Area (Stoney Creek)
Kelso Conservation Area (Milton)
Burlington Beach (across from MacDonald Park)
Guelph Lake (Guelph)
Christie Conservation Area (Dundas)
There are also several great spots on the Georgian Bay coastline and in the Barrie-Muskokas region.

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Re: Windsurfing spots around the GTA.

Postby joe_windsurfer » Wed May 04, 2016 6:31 pm

you mention Georgian Bay
but not Lake Simcoe ??
you said Barry - Muskoka , but Lake Simcoe is MUCH larger than that
largest inland lake in Ontario

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Re: Windsurfing spots around the GTA.

Postby CALDER » Thu May 05, 2016 9:38 am

I notice kelso on the list. is there actually a sailable lake there? I had no idea.

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Re: Windsurfing spots around the GTA.

Postby fathom » Fri May 06, 2016 10:29 am

Funny I've never been to any of those.
I presumed you checked the link with all the beaches on the website.

If you look at the journals, those are the more popular ones for many of us.

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Postby FISH » Fri May 06, 2016 11:39 am

Calder - My parents used to take me and my bro to Kelso to windsurf in the late 70's, early 80's. It is funny, but not unexpected, that the wind direction is highly variable to say the least. After all, Mount Eden is looming right next door. Imagine the havoc that peak wreaks on the wind patterns of the entire region ;)

i.e. Don't go there to sail, ever.
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Re: Windsurfing spots around the GTA.

Postby Jonathan » Fri May 06, 2016 10:25 pm

Hello Amir,

I learned to windsurf in Burlington. One problem - There are really not a lot of "good" spots to learn around here. There is big risk if you are a novice. However, once your skills improve this is one of the best and most convenient spots to live as a windsurfer and there are tons of good launches! I say that because there are so many different launches around there that you don't have to worry about which way the wind is blowing. As long as it's blowing, there's an ideal launch for that wind direction. However, these launches present a lot of risk to newer sailors.

Let me start by reviewing the spots you posted. I know you got that from here as I recognize the post - http://oakville.foundlocally.com/Sports ... urfing.htm
- That is a very old post and is dated, it's not very helpful. I assume it was written by someone without much experience windsurfing.

Bronte Beach (Oakville)
- Not good. I tried it years ago, not even worth it

Spencer Smith Park (Burlington)
- Nobody sails out of "Spencer Smith Park". This is the park with the break wall and pier, so there's really no launch. Anybody sailing down there would be sailing and launching from "Burlington Beachway Park", see below. I have heard of guys launching at Spencer Smith from the cove to avoid shorebreak and get out, but I have never seen this first hand and would imagine it is extremely rare.

Van Wagner's beach (Hamilton)
- Works on NNW, N, NE, E, SE
- Very similar to "Burlington Beachway Park" (See below), however I find the shorebreak easier to manage. You'll usually see me here on these wind directions

Binbrook Conservation Area (Stoney Creek)
- I have never been.

Kelso Conservation Area (Milton)
- I have never sailed here but I have spent time here and looked at it from a "Windsurfer's Perspective".
- Maybe ok if you're a complete beginner, but very unpredictable and fluctuating winds, not good.

Burlington Beach (across from MacDonald Park)
- I sail here under the right conditions. I also learned here on light wind days (when learning - only on-shore winds and 8-10kts, never offshore)
- Not sure what "MacDonald park is"
- This spot works on the following directions: NE, E, SE
- Once the wind is blowing 10kts and up you start to get waves. 15-20kts and it becomes VERY difficult to get through the shore break. - This spot is notorious for destroying people's gear. If you're not use to waves you're gonna have a bad day there because the waves keep coming with very little time in between them. If it's wavy then water starting is a must.

Here's a video I made a year ago about a day I sailed there:


Guelph Lake (Guelph)
- Good spot for learning!
- Admission charge to enter

Christie Conservation Area (Dundas)
- Never been there
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Re: Windsurfing spots around the GTA.

Postby Jonathan » Fri May 06, 2016 10:38 pm

Here's a launch map made by a forum user that I found helpful for the Lake Ontario side.
Hamilton Harbour Launch map.JPG
A note about Hamilton Harbour (caution...)
Stay away from Hamilton Harbour until you are proficient enough to tack reliably, sail upwind and down wind, consistently uphaul in minor chop, etc. Do not venture out there in high winds until you are a competent sailor or it will kick your ass. I have seen so many people get washed up on the bird islands there it's not even funny. The harbour is awesome but it changes conditions on a dime and things can quickly get out of control there.
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Re: Windsurfing spots around the GTA.

Postby chris » Sun May 08, 2016 10:20 pm

Taking this opportunity to remind GTA wind people that Simcoe is still extremely cold. Major dome advisory. Looking at the charts today showed 19 knots at sideshore spots and only 5 knots in the main body. Unless the air temp is around 1-5 degrees it will keep doming in places until june. Save your gas and time and check water/air temps and reports. :)

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Re: Windsurfing spots around the GTA.

Postby joe_windsurfer » Wed May 11, 2016 5:30 am

I may be going to Sutton, Ontario this weekend and am NOT afraid of the cold
spent my adolescent years there - before there was windsurfing !!
where does one go with 30 kph W winds ~ 15/16 knots
am NOT afraid of the cold - they call me the big bear

Keswick/Cook's Bay, Willow Beach, Jackson's Point/Sibbald Park ??

thx in advance
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Re: Windsurfing spots around the GTA.

Postby joe_windsurfer » Fri May 13, 2016 7:26 am

wow - no takers
no matter
rain and bigger winds than anticipated
plus getting over a head cold
NO GO this time

guess there is always this:
http://windsurf.ca/events/spring-windsurfing-weekend/

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Re: Windsurfing spots around the GTA.

Postby fathom » Fri May 13, 2016 10:34 am

Try sandbanks, specifically Mac this weekend. Should be some good wave sailing.

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Re: Windsurfing spots around the GTA.

Postby joe_windsurfer » Sun May 15, 2016 7:28 pm

can't believe i am actually saying this
when i was @ Sutton - it was too cold !! :oops:

heard Toronto windsurf event cancelled too
maybe cuz the bloody Gardner/QEW was closed $%^&*(()


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