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Barber's Beach

In recent years, Barber's Beach has been transformed in to a residential area. 

However, in the late 1800s, Barber's Beach was known as the summer playground where residents of Wellington and Waterloo counties travelled to enjoy the beautiful weather and fine white sand. During this time, Barber's Beach was the place of all places where there was never a shortage of families picnicking on the sand, children riding the miniature train through the bush, or visitors of all ages enjoying the famously delicious French fries and gravy at the lunch bar. Barber's Beach was just as lively at night as it was during the heat of the day thanks to the beach party dances that were hosted in the pavilion.

At one point before 1900, there were five summer hotels on the north shore that visitors took buggy rides in to visit from local communities. In 1928, the Toronto Star reported that on Canada Day weekend 6,000 people came to Puslinch Lake to see the Sunday swimming race involving George Young, a swimming champion from Toronto. Barber's Beach continued to be a popular summer destination for decades. In 2000, Barber's Beach was bought by investors who built the gated community of luxury homes known as Irish Creek Estates.

To learn more about the history of Barber's Beach, a great source of information is the book Puslinch Lake and Its Past by Anna Jackson, published by the Puslinch Historical Society.