Sandbanks Provincial Park
Sandbanks Provincial Park
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Sandbanks Provincial Park is one of the busiest parks in the province, welcoming over 800,000 visitors in 2020!
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Larry L
Welland, Canada2 contributions
Sep. 2022
Beautiful beaches along with a very clean park. Located close to a lot interesting little villages and wineries.
Written September 27, 2022
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Mark Edlund
12 contributions
Sep. 2022
We stayed in the West Lake campground which is definitely not the most scenic area in the park. However, the washrooms were clean, the sites well separated and the nights very quiet. We were there after Labour Day so the interpretative center was closed. The Outlet Beach was stunning.
Written September 23, 2022
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323dave
Ottawa, Canada30 contributions
Jul. 2022
The beach is the best in the region and probably the province. It’s natural beauty, pristine sand and warm waters make it a perfect summer holiday venue. The park itself is superb for camping of all sorts and the layout is superb. It is generally well-organized and staff are courteous and accommodating. The trails and dog areas on the beach are added bonuses. The restaurant and small store are useful. Prices are somewhat inflated, as is the case for most of Prince Edward County. But Sandbanks’ reputation as one of the best beaches anywhere is well deserved. It was sold-out throughout our five days there. Expect to see lots of well-behaved and fun-loving Québecers, who have discovered this gem and keep coming back… in droves. Always nice to see them and their families.
Written September 14, 2022
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peters2021
Ottawa, Canada3 contributions
Jul. 2022
What a great place to sit on a white sand beach and enjoy the huge white sand dunes and water. Parking can be a little hard to get as the lot there filled up quickly and had to sit and wait and chase down a spot when someone was leaving and you have to buy your parking pass across the hwy before entering the parking lot.
Written September 14, 2022
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Andréanne L
10 contributions
Sep. 2022 • Couples
Very Nice Spot ! Camping, beach, hikes, dunes beach, pet friendly. I loved my stay. I recommand this place for the beach and the pet friendly camping. Wonderful.
Written September 9, 2022
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Stephan L
16 contributions
Jul. 2022
The beaches are second to none in Ontario. Gorgeous sand and crystal clear water! Great for families who love the sun and water.
Written September 2, 2022
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fmjourney
Hamilton, Canada56 contributions
Jul. 2022
Here we go: after 2 years of lock downs and restrictions, it was nice to see something outside your home and enjoy beach and nature! We were located at Isaiah Tubbs resort, just a minute away from The Dunes beach. Keep in mind this is a provincial park with some restrictions for a private business in place, so you can't find a 5-star hotel or a casino or night clubs here. There is a town of Picton near by (20 min by car) with all amenities you are craving for. The point of Sandbanks vacation is a BEACH. There are 4 of them (yes, four!) in close vicinity, but staying at the Isiah Tubbs resort we had another beach inside the resort. Some rooms are really small, with nothing but a bed and shower in them, but if you are willing to shell out a little more, you can have a fully equipped cabin (#8) for parents and kids, with bbq included and a nice grass area with park benches at your disposal. On our first day we visited Outlet Beach, but on the second day, we HAD TO GO to the North Beach (20 min away by car) and it was a lovely experience. Tip: don't stop at the first parking lot, there is another one BEHIND the dunes, where there is no wind and no waves. All the beaches look the same, but The Dunes are protected from winds and waves by a nature's layout. Calm, warm waters, plenty of dunes to explore, a perfect place to enjoy family time with small kids. For more active experience, pick a Lakeshore Beach or Outlet Beach. The secret: only Dunes are facing West Lake (inside Price Edward island), the others are looking at the "open sea" aka Ontario Lake face front, with the winds and waves and sun burning conditions and all the other fun. Tip: nobody told us, but BOOK A PARKING LOT /entrance to a beach in advance! You can do it on line at ontarioparks.ca or on the phone because you could be denied an admission if it's an overbooked holiday weekend. All three beaches The Dunes, Lakes shore beach and Outlet beach, are included in Sandbanks provincial park admission. You have to stop at the main gate every day to have you permission printed by an attendant. Visitors tip: check out Caddy Shack - they have stone baked pizza, mini golf and they sell beer! Unless you want to drive to Picton... Check out car drive-in theatre ("Mustang Drive-in", we didn't have chance) to experience summer night in full. By the way, Isaiah Tubbs has some water fun toys for rental, it could be a fun for the whole family. Next time around, we would concentrate on booking one of the thousand trailers for rent.
Written August 21, 2022
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Ksenia Z
3 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Couples
Went to visit Sandbanks for a week beginning of august. Me and my husband, both in our mid thirties, travelled without kids in a small RV from Montreal. 
My husband is a French Canadian. We are a calm couple, never looking for trouble. 


Nice nature and landscapes but it cannot make up for the terrible attitude we got from the locals. 


They are annoyed with tourists and if they hear that you have a French accent they will look at you as if you’re a second class citizen. 



At the sandbanks beach restaurant, employees have a smirk on their face when they see that you’re struggling a bit with English or have a French accent. 



Picton is the worst. Full of racists! 

We stopped at the Tim Hortons in Picton, with our RV which is not even 10 feet long, naturally taking up a few parking spots. 
A local “gentleman” approached my husband and started screaming at him and calling him “dumb and stupid” for taking up parking space! It was unbelievable. An elderly “lady” then approaches me and says that they “don’t need quebecer tourists here and to get out of their town”!

I have lived in Quebec for 25 years and never seen this kind of racist attitude! 



We spent over $1000 in their local businesses over the week we were there and for what?! To be then discriminated against?



Going forward I will never set foot in the Sandbanks / Picton area and suggest to my fellow quebecers to avoid this place as well. Spend your money locally, or internationally where people are welcoming, unlike Sandbanks.
Written August 7, 2022
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Rob 10K
Ottawa, Canada233 contributions
Jul. 2022
Excellent beaches with lots of changerooms, bathrooms, parking, beach space and usually calm waters. I liked Lakeshore beach the most. For people getting their 10K steps in, IMO its the longest and flattest, good for people that may have knee/ankle issues. Dunes is nice too, and has a boardwalk behind it for people looking to go for a few extra steps!
Written August 6, 2022
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JameAndDare
Woodstock, Canada4,174 contributions
Jul. 2022 • Family
The park seems to be very big, however, we only explored the beach. The beach is great!! Nice sandy shore and very very long. You could walk forever along the waters' edge.
We arrived early at about 9am and there was hardly anyone there. My husband had heard that it really starts getting busy around 11, but since we have a small child, it worked better for us to go earlier anyways. Thank goodness we did because we started packing up at 10:45 and by the time we were leaving there were lineups of cars to get in and the parking was already filling up. Perfect timing for us!
Tip: Parking spot #4 is closest to the washrooms
Written July 25, 2022
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