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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. The park includes trails and a day use playground. Cycling is a great way to get around. Can’t access the beach? Borrow our Beach Wheelchair from the Woodyard. Pet friendly (on leash, ask about dog-friendly areas of the park) Check updates for beach closures, reservation availability, fire bans, beach advisories at ontarioparks.com Swimming advisory updates for: Sandbanks Dunes Beach (West Lake Beach) Outlet Beach Sandbanks (Lake Ontario Beach) Follow @SandbanksPPTweets by SandbanksPP Favourite hangouts from Peta Shelton ☞ Lakeshore Lodge, overlooking the dunes beach late afternoon and for sunset. Favourite hangouts from Ianthe Burnett-Stringer ☞ Lakeshore Lodge in the summer. Favourite hangouts from Gail Forcht ☞ The beach after tourist season, with a few great friends. Can’t get better than that… Sandbanks Provincial Park has often […]
Sandbanks Provincial ParkThree beautiful beaches. 620 Campsites. Visitor Centre. Recreational rentals. Fishing.
3004 County Rd. 12, West Lake
The PEPtBO Spring Birding Festival is in May. Events include guided walks and tours, workshops, and banding demonstrations. The Canadian Nature Federation and Bird Studies Canada designated The County as an important global birding area (IBA) in 1998. The Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory (PEPtBO) is located along the eastern tip of Prince Edward County about 20 minutes southeast of Picton, Ontario in a National Wildlife Area. The Observatory is normally open to the public every day Apr 10-May 31 and Aug 15-Oct 31 (banding takes place in the mornings). Free admission! Trails are open year round. For more information on birding, including Spring-time bird banding demonstrations, and Fall Northern saw-whet owl banding, visit the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory website: peptbo.ca.
Walk, run or bike on the Millennium Trail – a former railway that’s been converted into a multipurpose trail. You’ll pass by farmers fields, forests and creeks, not to mention marshes that are teeming with wildlife like frogs, turtles, beavers, and birds. A great spot to take the dog for a long walk or just to get out and enjoy nature for a while. The trail system serves as a Countywide recreational facility for local residents, visitors and to provide access for farm vehicles by adjacent landowners. The trail corridor is 15 meters in width and 49 kilometres in length and a total land area of 73.5 hectares. The trail starts in Carrying Place and winds through the County to Picton with various vistas and natural landscapes. The Trail is accessible at several locations throughout the County with specific hiking points in Picton, Wellington, Bloomfield and Consecon. In Wellington, at the end of West Street, is a kiosk and parking area. There are several other access points along the route, enlarge the map below for details. To learn more about the trail, please visit www.pectrails.ca.
Prince Edward County, Ontario
The Nature Shop at the Sandbanks Visitor Centre is stocked with a variety of Sandbanks souvenirs, clothing items, artwork, nature books and guides, and much more. Be sure to bring your Friends of Sandbanks membership card to receive your 10% discount. New merchandise is on display from Mother’s Day when the shop is open 10:00 am till 4:30 pm every day, Wednesday 10:00 to 1:00 pm. Friends of Sandbanks runs the Nature Shop. Look for the Friends publication, Sandscapes: Exploring the Dunes of Sandbanks Provincial Park. As well, exhibits provide an opportunity to learn more about Sandbanks history and natural features. Displays include live reptiles, amphibians and fish, as well as examples of some of the more common plant life found at Sandbanks. Visit the Friends website at friendsofsandbanks.org for a list of annual events.
3004 County Rd. 12, West Lake, Sandbanks Provincial Park, West Lake Ontario
Be sure to check out the Lakeshore Lodge area which, gone now, was a popular dance hall and hotel during the 1950s. It’s at the south end of the Sandbanks beach, over a rock outcropping. Enjoy great views and wave action on the rocks when there is a westerly wind. Favourite hangouts from Peta Shelton ☞ Lakeshore Lodge, overlooking the dunes beach late afternoon and for sunset. This is a great place to explore, the foundations of the old Lodge are still on site. If you climb down and walk along the shoreline you will see interesting rock formations. Lake Shore Lodge History The lodge was built between 1870 and 1893 by Daniel McDonald. It was one of the finest summer houses in Canada.The lodge featured an ice cream parlour, a small golf course, a bowling alley,and a large dinner hall. The dance hall and recreational centre were popular gathering places. In 1971 it was purchased by the National Canadian Resources and closed a year later because of its poor state of repair. The lodge and dance hall burned down in 1983.
171-341 Lake Shore Lodge Rd, Prince Edward, ON K0K, Canada
Take in nature and wildlife at the following conservation areas for a variety of outdoor activities: H.J. McFarland (for the panoramic view of the Bay of Quinte), Pointe Petre (for the birding), Little Bluff (for the view of Prince Edward Bay) and Macaulay Mountain (for the hiking). The Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory and Beaver Meadow Wildlife Management Area are also fun, educational family-friendly outings. The trails in Quinte Conservation areas are available for hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. For information on County Trails as well as other trails in Ontario please visit Ontario Trails – this website identifies trails from the Sandbanks Provincial Park, Millennium Trail, as well as winter trails for snowmobilers (PEC Trail Riders). http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/
Prince Edward County, Ontario
A bending and curving shoreline, vast marshes and wetlands and the largest freshwater dune system in the world at Sandbanks are just some of the natural treasures you will enjoy in the County. There are also plenty of beautiful small country towns to enjoy each with excellent shops and restaurants. Carrying Place :: 6.2 km, Hiking & Walking, Cycling – Roads & Paths http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/carrying-place-waterfront-trail/ Wellington :: 32 km, Hiking & Walking, Cycling – Roads & Paths http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/wellington—waterfront-trail/ Bloomfield :: 5 km, Hiking & Walking, Running, Cycling – Roads & Paths http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/bloomfield—waterfront-trail/ Picton :: PEC’s Trail ends at Glenora where you can take a ferry to Adophustown and continue along the Waterfront Trail through Greater Napanee. 4.5 km, Hiking & Walking, Cycling – Roads & Paths http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/picton-waterfront-trail/ Also see :: Prince Edward County – Conservation areas, Parks, Trails map
Prince Edward County, Ontario
Currently a trail runs alongside the Johnson Street Soccer fields at Johnson Street in Picton. The trail is lined with various outdoor fitness equipment for both adults and children. Future plans include extending the trail into the Picton Fair Grounds.
The Prince Edward County Dog Park is located in Delhi Park in Picton. This area was built and is maintained by The Prince Edward Dog Park Association which is a non-profit organization. The dog park has two free parking lots from which you can access the park. Lalor Street parking lot is located just off York Street and is at the very end of Lalor Street. Mary Street Parking lot is just at the end of Elizabeth Street. The dog park is a large fenced in green space with a double gate entrance. For rules and any other information regarding The Prince Edward Dog Park please check out The Prince Edward Dog Park Association’s website.
7 Lalor St., Picton, Ontario
Geocaching is a real-world outdoor treasure hunting game. Players try to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, using GPS-enabled devices and then share their experiences online. Follow this link to find Prince Edward County geocache locations Practice “Cache In Trash Out” While out geocaching, bring a bag with you to pick up trash along the way.
Prince Edward County, Ontario
The Ameliasburgh Recreation Committee with volunteers from Rossmore have created a one kilometre trail leading from the Rossmore Park on County Road 28 through to Bay Breeze Estates.
Rossmore Prince Edward County
Prince Edward Family Health Team Walking Program At Prince Edward Collegiate Institute Walk the hallways of Prince Edward Collegiate Institute this winter. The Prince Edward Family Health Team brings you a Walking Program that runs Monday through to Thursday from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. until the end of April. Choose your night(s), your pace, your time commitment and your route. Make a plan, take a friend and have fun! All are welcome and best of all it’s FREE! Date: Mondays to Thursdays, Until April 30th Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Location: Prince Edward Collegiate Institute, 41 Barker Street, Picton
Walking Program At Prince Edward Collegiate InstituteMake a plan, take a friend and have fun! All are welcome and best of all it’s FREE!
41 Barker Street, Picton, Ontario