Public-access beaches on Canandaigua Lake include Butler Beach, West Lake Road (tel. 585/396-2752; free admission), on the west side of the lake; Deep Run Park, East Lake Road (tel. 585/396-4000), on the east side of the lake; and Kershaw Park, Lakeshore Drive (tel. 585/396-5060; fee charged), which has a sand beach and an 8-acre park.
If you'd rather see the lake from a boat, the Canandaigua Lady (tel. 585/396-7350; www.steamboatlandingonline.com) is a replica 19th-century paddle-wheel steamboat, available for lake excursions and lunch and dinner cruises. From May to mid-September, it departs from Steamboat Landing, 205 Lakeshore Dr. (at the north end of Canandaigua Lake). Fall foliage cruises (mid-Sept to Oct) board at Woodville dock, Route 21 South (south end of Canandaigua Lake). Cruise prices range from $14.50 to $45. Scuba diving, windsurfing, kayaking, and sailboarding rentals and instruction are available from Canandaigua Sailboarding, 11 Lakeshore Dr. (tel. 585/394-8150).
Golfers will not want to miss the Bristol Harbour Resort Golf Course (tel. 800/288-8248; www.bristolharbour.com), a beautiful 18-hole Robert Trent Jones-designed course right on Lake Canandaigua. Greens fees are $29 to $69.
Good hiking and cycling are available on Ontario Pathways, 200 Ontario St., Canandaigua (tel. 585/394-7968; www.ontariopathways.org), 23 miles of rails-to-trails. In winter months, you can ski at Bristol Mountain Winter Resort, 5662 Rte. 64, Canandaigua (tel. 585/374-6000; www.bristolmountain.com).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.