Sandbanks West Beach – see more photos below

Sandbanks is among the largest and most beautiful beaches in Ontario, with golden sand and sparkling water. Windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and boating compete with sunbathing and swimming as favourite park activities.

Sandbanks boasts three sandy beaches, Outlet Beach, Sandbanks Beach and Dunes Beach. Two of the finest bay mouth sandbar and coastal sand dune systems in the province can be found here. Sandbanks is also home to an interesting mix of vegetation and wildlife.

Sandbanks offers trails and a day use playground. All three parks feature dog-friendly areas.
Can’t access the beach?  Borrow our Beach Wheelchair from the Woodyard.

Alerts Check updates for beach closures, reservation availability, fire bans, beach advisories at parkreports.com

 

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Camping

  • four different campgrounds, total of 549 campsites, special area for group camping
  • reservations are recommended during peak months of July and August
  • one campground with hydro hook-up; each camp site has a picnic table and firegrill
  • drinking water taps are close to most sites
  • Dunes Playground for children
  • comfort stations with shower, laundry and washroom facilities throughout campgrounds
  • park store sells camping supplies and souvenirs
  • restaurant serves breakfast and light meals, and a Sunday Brunch

Swimming

  • two wide, clean sandy beaches and shallow safe waters
  • perfect environment for swimming, sunbathing and picnicking
  • beaches are not supervised
  • ** PEC NAMED ONE OF THE MOST SWIM-FRIENDLY SPOTS IN CANADA!
    August 3. 2012  Tournament of Beaches: Day 4 – the most swim-friendly spots in Canada, National Post
    Located in Prince Edward County near Picton, Sandbanks has two of the largest freshwater baymouth sandbars in the world.  …

Fishing

  • both East Lake and West Lakes have good populations of largemouth and smallmouth bass, pickerel (walleye), pike, perch and other panfish
  • the nearby Bay of Quinte is known as one of the best locations in North America for catching pickerel
  • the eastern end of Lake Ontario also hosts a variety of other species, depending on the season
  • Chinook salmon draw the most attention and truly offer the angler an opportunity to catch the “big one”
  • If you don’t have equipment, no problem, visit The Woodyard and you can participate in our Tackle Share Program.

Boating and Sailboarding

  • ideal for motorboating, small-craft sailing and canoeing
  • two boat launches in the park
  • sailboarding is popular and conditions for the sport are considered just about perfect
  • watercraft rentals including canoes, kayaks. paddle boats and surfbikes are available within the park

Birding – Hike out to West Point

Cycling – a great way to see the park

Special Events – participate in Snowfest (Feb), Mother’s Day events (May), Sandfest, Lakeshore Lodge Day and Sandbanks Fall Getaway Fun Run (Sept). Details at friendsofsandbanks.org

Hiking

  • large variety of flora and fauna (see a Hiker’s Wildflower Guide)
  • staircases up and down the steepest dunes
  • a boardwalk and viewing spot overlooking the Outlet River
  • Woodlands Trail
    5 km, Hiking & Walking, Cycling – Off-Road, Camping & Backpacking, Canoeing & Kayaking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
    http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/woodlands-trail/
  • Cedar Sands Trail
    This interpretive trail explains the ecology of the famous sand dunes at this park. Viewing platforms overlook the Outlet River and the Baymouth sand dune complex.
    2 km, Hiking & Walking, Cycling – Off-Road, Canoeing & Kayaking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
    http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/cedar-sands-trail/

Off-Season Attractions

Visitor Services

  • at the Visitor Centre, view exhibits about the park’s history and natural attractions
  • visit the Friends of Sandbanks Nature Shop
  • during the summer months, guided hikes, slide talks, children’s programmes, campfires, and other events

Related links


Plan your visit now:

Address: 3004 County Rd. 12 RR#1
Picton, ON, K0K 2T0

For reservation information, see the official Sandbanks web site  www.ontarioparks.com/park/sandbanks
or call 1 888 ONT-PARK (668-7275)
Office Telephone: (613) 393-3319

Directions:

  • From Highway 401, from the west
    take Exit 522 (Wooler Road, just west of Trenton) which connect to Highway 33 south
    go through Wellington and into Bloomfield
    take County Road 12 south to the Sandbanks
  • From Highway 401, from the east
    take Exit 566 (just west of Deseronto) to Highway 49 south
    to through Picton and into Bloomfield
    take County Road 12 south to the Sandbanks
  • From Belleville
    take Highway 62 south, through Wellington and into Bloomfield
    take County Road 12 south to the Sandbanks