Illegal car rally could take place this weekend in Wasaga Beach, say town officials and OPP

Labour Day weekend is just around the corner, and Wasaga Beach officials and provincial police issued a news release on Tuesday to alert the public that a large illegal car rally may attempt to take place in the town on Friday or at some point during the long weekend.

“To protect the safety of our residents and their property, the Town is taking proactive steps to try and prevent this illegal car rally from taking place in our community. This will include road closures as well as the installation of vehicle check-points. Modified vehicles will not be permitted in our community over the course of the long weekend and we will do everything in our power to keep them out. We welcome visitors to come celebrate the last long weekend of summer in Wasaga Beach, but ask that you leave your modified cars at home. For seasonal and full time residents who have modified vehicles, we encourage you to leave them at home to minimize any disruption to your weekend plans,” the town stated in the news release.

For public safety reasons, town officials are advising residents and visitors to avoid areas within the community where you may see a higher than usual police presence.

“Any time the Town and our partners, including the OPP, become aware of unsanctioned events that may be heading our way, Wasaga Beach residents, businesses and visitors can be assured we have a plan,” said Mayor Brian Smith. “Expect to see some road closures and traffic diversion measures in effect, together with a coordinated, stepped-up police and municipal law enforcement presence in the community today, and throughout the long weekend. The Town, our first responders and OPP are working together to ensure a safe, fun long weekend for everyone.”

The following traffic diversion measures will be in effect beginning Wednesday August 30th for the duration of the weekend:

·         Road closures will be implemented at:

o   Shore Lane and Cedar Grove Parkway

o   Bay Sands Drive and Lyons Court

o   Ramblewood Drive and Lyons Court

o   Middleton Drive and Morgan Road

o   Ryther Road and Marvin Gardens Boulevard

·         Vehicle checkpoints will begin Thursday at noon at the following locations:

o   River Road East and John Street

o   River Road West and Village Gate Drive

o   Klondike Park Road and Veterans Way

o   Sunnidale Road and Maple Drive

o   45th Street South and Wasaga Sands Drive

o   Mosley Street and 70th Street North

The town is also reminding the public that Beach Drive will be open to pedestrian traffic only beginning Thursday at noon for the annual Memories of Summer music festival and fireworks.

For complete maps and details about what to expect, visit