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Big Sandy Bay Conservation Area

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Local here. The water at BSB can be full of slime and the beach can be gross....OR...it can be... read more

Reviewed May 20, 2018
Judy G
via mobile

We were looking forward to seeing the Big Sandy Bay Conservation Area in Wolfe Island. We parked... read more

Reviewed September 4, 2017
Robby G C
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed September 14, 2018

What a find.. the beach is gorgeous and the hiking trail was easy to follow and very enjoyable. Great place to swim,, walk or just hang out on the beach.. About a 20 minute walk to paradise from the parking lot.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank helmslady1953
Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

Take only what you need it's a bit of a hike in but soooo worth it!!! Absolutely beautiful!! You almost feel your on the Pacific ....great rock hunting and nice for swimming ...enjoy!!

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank lynn f
Reviewed May 20, 2018 via mobile

Local here. The water at BSB can be full of slime and the beach can be gross....OR...it can be clear, clean, with amazing waves! It all depends. We’ve found it to be better in late summer. Walk in can be buggy in summer.

Date of experience: May 2018
4  Thank Judy G
Reviewed April 24, 2018

The Wolfe Island beach is spectacular but it requires work to enjoy: 1. The Wolfe Islander III, the ferry line ups in the summer are horrendous. 52 car ferry is fully loaded on almost every trip all day long, which means you'll be waiting a...More

Date of experience: July 2017
11  Thank juniorislander20
Reviewed September 6, 2017

This public land site (an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest) is Crown Land and "owned " by the province of Ontario (which is us, friends). It's main value is as a conservation area going back 10,000 years as the dune area developed. Recently the...More

Date of experience: May 2017
3  Thank bearman944
Reviewed September 4, 2017

We were looking forward to seeing the Big Sandy Bay Conservation Area in Wolfe Island. We parked our car and headed to the beach. All of a sudden, we saw two people sitting. They told us that no one can go there, due to flooding....More

Date of experience: July 2017
2  Thank Robby G C
Reviewed July 10, 2017

This is one of the best kept secrets around Lake Ontario. That said it's a real disappointment due to the fact that the beach has been closed and will remain closed until water levels return to normal levels. Essentially there is no beach. The century...More

Date of experience: August 2016
16  Thank D G R
Reviewed April 28, 2017

We decided to take the ferry across to Wolfe Island during our Kingston weekend getaway and once there we decided to follow the signs for the Big Sandy Bay Conservation Area. There were gnats pretty much EVERYWHERE on Wolfe Island (including the ferry), but once...More

Date of experience: April 2017
4  Thank Lynne P
Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

Nice quiet beach at the end of a 20 minute walk trail. During summer months expect an admission fee of approximately $9 per adult.

Date of experience: September 2016
2  Thank 1966Nick
Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

the nature walk to the beach was great and once out there just pick your spot to relax. I really enjoyed this place!!

Date of experience: September 2016
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August 26, 2016|
Response from BruceMcH | Reviewed this property |
Hi, sorry I just saw this because I just got back from a week away. As I recall dogs are allowed as long as they are leashed. Cheers