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Health benefits of swimming - Parks Blog

Whether you walk through the waves or jump off the dock, there’s no better way to cool off than swimming.

This summer, as you escape the stifling heat at one of Ontario’s lakes, think about these benefits your body receives from head to toe thanks to that swim:

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Benefits for your brain

Relax: Floating in water dulls sensory information that can overwhelm, creating feelings of calm.


Reduces stress: The rhythmic pattern of swimming provides meditative benefits as you focus on synchronizing your breathing with the movement of your body.

Benefits for your body

Be careful with your joints: Swimming is a low-impact exercise that is a good option for people recovering from injuries or with joint pain.

Increases muscle strength and tone: Water provides resistance so that each movement becomes a resistance exercise and helps increase strength and muscle tone.

children jumping into the water

Head to Toe Workout: Almost all muscles are used when swimming, making it a great full-body exercise.

Increases flexibility: Swimming helps the body achieve a wide range of motion and is effective in stretching and lengthening the muscles from head to toe while swimming forward.

swimmers in lake superior

Expand your lung capacity: Controlled breathing during strokes combined with excellent aerobic exercise makes swimming great for the lungs.

Discover Ontario’s crystal clear lakes:

Find a swimming area near you using the park locator tool.

For more information about swimming at different parks, check out the “Activities” tab on each park’s pages or take a dip in one of these suggested swimming areas:

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Pancake Bay Provincial Park

Pancake Bay Beach

Situated on the shores of Lake Superior, this park’s 2-mile sandy beach is one of the best in the province. The bay is sheltered from the open lake, making its bright blue waters the perfect retreat on a summer’s day.

Blue Lake Provincial Park

blue lake beach

This park is famous for its crystal clear waters and long sandy beach. A nearby red pine forest offers plenty of shade.

Darlington Provincial Park

family with kite on Darlington beach

Located near Toronto on the shores of Lake Ontario, Darlington offers a beautiful stretch of sandy beach (perfect for families!).

Long Point Provincial Park

children on Long Point beach

Located on the shores of Lake Erie, Long Point features a 2 km long sandy beach with warm waters.

Mikisew Provincial Park

This park features three sandy beaches along the shores of Eagle Lake. The lake is also ideal for boating, paddling and fishing.

While you’re there, check out their new 18-hole disc golf course!

Windy Lake Provincial Park


Windy Lake Provincial Park has one of the most popular beaches in the Sudbury area. Because? Its panoramic views, crystal clear waters and the opportunity to windsurf or paddle with your dog on the dog beach.