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Summer at Wasaga Beach can include more than a few oddball moments. (Julia Pelish/

Photo by Julia Pelish Visuals Editor

WASAGA BEACH, ONTARIO — Jersey Shore meet Ontario Strut.

Wasaga Beach is the only Canadian town we can think of that could be mistaken for some place along the New Jersey coast. It has kitsch, testosterone aplenty, sweet waves and all the rambunctiousness associated with summer beach life. This photo was taken on a hot day recently where some of the local residents hammed it up to attract business to a retailer along the town’s main street. It’s a slice of life in a community known for its bustling weekends and exuberant youthful spirit. Frisbee, volleyball, surfing, sailing and all sorts of other water activities can be enjoyed on Georgian Bay.

Located about 90 minutes (134 kilometres, or 75 miles) northwest of Toronto, Wasaga Beach is unique in the world. It  is the world’s longest freshwater beach (14 km, or eight miles) and lies between two UNESCO Biosphere Reserves — the Georgian Bay Littoral and Niagara Escarpment. Last month, named it the No. 2 Beach in Canada for those reasons and more.

High school students in southern Ontario have flocked to Wasaga for years, considering it the place to go for good times when the heat turns up. If you’re planning a visit, a good time to venture to the beach is once the back-to-school mania has calmed and while the weather is still warm. From September 13-15, 2013, the Wasaga Beach Blues Fest is sure to entice visitors hoping to make the most out of the final days of summer.

This photo was taken with a Nikon D7000, at ISO 200, using a 35-70mm zoom lens set at f2.8. The lens was set to aperture 3.5 at 35mm, exposure time of 1/500 of a second.

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A photographer who has worked in the largest media markets in Canada and the U.S., Julia’s travel photos and videos have been featured prominently in the Toronto Star and been exhibited in galleries in Toronto, New York and Vancouver. Her new line of photo jewelry was inspired by her travels. Even though she is an American, one of her favourite travel experiences was spending Canada Day 2000 on Parliament Hill, joining in a parade with then-Prime Minister Jean Chretien and others. Julia is’s Visuals Editor. See her work at

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