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Wasaga Beach

Wasaga Beach (variant: Wasaga) is a town in Simcoe County, Ontario, Canada. Nestled along the longest freshwater beach in the world, it is a popular summer tourist destination, situated at the southern end of Georgian Bay, approximately two hours north of Toronto, and neighbours, to the west, the town of Collingwood. Wasaga Beach is situated along 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) of white sandy beach on Nottawasaga Bay and the winding Nottawasaga River.Wasaga Beach Provincial Park is the first provincial park in Canada awarded the Blue Flag designation for its efforts to manage Wasaga's shoreline according to international environmental standards.Wasaga Beach and the surrounding area was originally occupied by the Huron Indians. After the Huron were dispersed in 1650, Algonkian-speaking people moved into the area. The word Nottawasaga is of Algonquin origin. Nottawa means "Iroquois" and Saga means "mouth of the river", and the word "Nottawasaga" was passed along by Algonquin scouts to notify when they saw Iroquois raiding parties approaching.In the early 1800s Upper Canada was drawn into a struggle between Great Britain and the United States. The Town evolved into a strategic location in the War of 1812 when the schooner HMS Nancy was sunk at her moorings in an effort by the Americans to cut the supply line to Fort Michilimackinac and points to the north and west. Lumbering was the main industry for the remainder of the 19th century. Logs crowded the river and the bay floating down to feed local saw mills.Wasaga's unsuitable sandy soil contributed to the late settlement of the area, as the lack of suitable farming land made it unattractive to settlers. In the 1820s the first sign of settlement in the area began as John Goessman surveyed Flos Township. In 1826, land was being sold for four shillings an acre. Though unsuitable for farming, the Wasaga area had an abundance of trees. In the late 1830s and throughout the rest of the century the logging industry would play an important role in the development of the area.

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