The County’s sand dunes have been an attraction since the early 1800s. The dunes, formed by glaciers 12,500 years ago, are the world’s largest bay-mouth dune barrier formation, stretching 12km across Lake Ontario. They were once grazing land for the cattle of early settlers, and today, make up three beaches, hiking trails and campsites as part of Sandbanks Provincial Park.
On a sunny day it’s easy to mistake the white sand and turquoise water around Sandbanks for the Caribbean. The dune barriers formed East and West Lake, sheltered by the wind and waves of Lake Ontario. They are both perfect for a paddle, a swim or for fishing. En route to Sandbanks Provincial Park you’ll find both lakes dotted with cozy accommodations for campers, camper-vans, and even something for those who’d prefer a posh B&B. Don’t forget to stop at the farm stands to pick up supplies for the campfire or to take home.
Sandbanks Provincial Park is very popular – and deservedly so. If you have your heart set on visiting this natural wonder, make your plan in advance. Book an overnight campsite well in advance or book a day at the beach at least five days in advance. It’s not uncommon for the Park to reach capacity by 10 am on a hot, sunny summer day, so prepare a Plan B just in case!
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