SANDBANKS PROVINCIAL PARK – JUNE 2015
Our first longer holidays of 2015 took us to Sandbanks Provincial Park. We stayed here for about nine wonderful days. Our campsite #711 was located in the Woodland C&D campground. It was level, private and in general a decent site. We had a 30amp hookup but no water onsite as is the case at most provincial parks. We arrived on the Friday morning and spent the day relaxing and touring the park.
Saturday was our first annual RVing in Canada Facebook group potluck. We had a great turnout of wonderful group members, awesome food and good times! Here are some photos:
Sandbanks is a very large park with many things to do! We brought our kayaks with plans to kayak and fish in as many places as possible near or at Sandbanks. Our first trip out was a nice tour on the Outlet River.
Next on the list was a paddle on East Lake. We would like to have spent more time out, but the winds picked up and ended our paddle a little earlier than expected. It was still a beautiful day!
We hiked the Dunes Trail, which is a very scenic 2.5km trail through the sand dunes. The trail was well marked and maintained with nice boardwalks in different places along the way.
We spent a lot of time kayaking on West Lake while at Sandbanks. We fished from our kayaks and caught some very nice bass!
While at Sandbanks we took a day trip into the cute little town of Picton and visited the harbour. We also ate at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Picton. We very impressed with the meal and service!
Our next stop along the way was the Glenora Ferry and then on to Lake on The Mountain Provincial Park. Both were very nice places and I’d recommend a visit. There is a beautiful lookout at Lake on The Mountain!
If you’re visiting Sandbanks Provincial Park, there is a cute little mini-golf course just outside the park. We spent a warm afternoon here enjoying something a little different than hiking and kayaking!
We also visited the town of Wellington while staying at the park. It’s a pretty little town not too far away. There’s a nice waterfront park that we happened to be at during a very beautiful sunset! We tried our luck fishing and Dave did catch a smaller bass. At the park, there is a channel that runs from West Lake to Lake Ontario. At sunset you could see large fish swim up the channel from Lake Ontario headed towards West Lake. As well, a beaver swam by! It was getting dark out by then, so I didn’t get any photos.
One of my favorite kayak trips was the one I made across West Lake to the Dunes. It was about 3km from the launch to where I landed on shore. The Dunes were spectacular. Fine white sand as far as you could see and huge sand dunes!
Our time at Sandbanks was awesome! We did so much and visited so many really nice places. We would definitely visit this park again! It was a very busy park, but still remained quiet in our area of the campground. The roads were well maintained and the laundry, showers and washrooms very clean! The dump station was wide with lots of room as was the filling station. I really can’t think of anything to complain about with this park. I would absolutely recommend a stay here!
Here are some miscellaneous photos of the park:
So, if you’re thinking of visiting Sandbanks Provincial Park, book ahead! It can be a very busy park and difficult to get a site! There are many cute little towns and stores in the area to visit, along with different tours on the island such as wine and art tours. It is a very scenic area! Here are a few helpful links!