Holiday Beach

Beautiful, groomed swimming beach at Holiday Beach
This Conservation Area offers a long sandy beach on the Lake Erie shoreline, plus many other amenities. It is ideal for a day at the beach, a beautiful picnic, or a seasonal vacation.  Holiday Beach Conservation Area has serviced seasonal campsites, new showers and washrooms, large shady picnic areas, a playground, nature trails, a boardwalk, and a three storey observation tower. It is also one of the sites at which Conservation Education Field Studies are conducted.

Holiday Beach and Big Creek Conservation Areas received international recognition in 2000 as a globally significant Important Bird Area (IBA), joining BirdLife International’s global network of IBA sites. The designation is as a result of the significance of the area for raptor migration and as a known breeding area for Prothonotary Warblers (a nationally endangered species). Visit the world renowned Festival of Hawks each September to witness the migration celebration as thousands of hawks, vultures, eagles, falcons and other birds of prey concentrate in the area before heading across the Detroit River towards warmer, more southerly destinations for the winter.

Please note, as of April 1, 2014, smoking at Holiday Beach Conservation Area is restricted to designated areas, which will be marked with signs.

Please be advised, the Park Canada 150th anniversary pass is not valid at Holiday Beach.

We’re currently updating the Holiday Beach Management Plan. Click here to view the draft document.

The Festival of Hawks runs the second and third weekends of September. Click here for more details about the event.


Open Dawn to Dusk from April – Thanksgiving

Washrooms/Showers (fully accessible)
Viewing tower
Seasonal Campsites
Laundry facilities

Holiday Beach Trail Map

Listen to podcasts about this amazing site. Controlled waterfowl hunting is available in the fall. Please contact the ERCA office for details.
For the Windsor-Essex County Health Units beach readings, click here.


Group Campsite $60 per night + $2.00 per person
Daily Vehicle Permit $10.00 per vehicle
Special Event Fee – HawkFest $15.00 per vehicle
Daily Bus Permit $60.00 per bus + $2 per person
Annual Pass $80.00 per year (includes $10 refundable deposit)
Seasonal Campsite (20 amp) $1,810.00 + HST per year
Seasonal Campsite (50 amp) $1,810.00 + HST per year
Firewood $75.22 + HST per cord
Waterfowl Hunting $30.00 per half day
$50.00 per full day
$17.00 non-refundable draw fee