Sandbanks Provincial Park


Location: Picton, Ontario
Region: Southeastern
Character: Natural Environment
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Length/Size: 3,728.8 acres

Sandbanks Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

Giant sand dunes and golden beaches form two of the largest freshwater baymouth sandbars in the world here, on the shores of Lake Ontario. Efforts to stabilize shifting sands disturbed by farming have revived distinctive dune plants such as bluets, butterfly weed and sand spurge. Trails feature dune stairs to protect this delicate vegetation.

Visit the Friends of Sandbanks web site.

Camping
Sandbanks features 549 campsites in five campgrounds. There are 140 campsites with electrical service, and each campsite has a picnic table and fireplace grill. Drinking water taps are close to all sites. Washrooms with showers are scattered throughout the campgrounds.

Group Camping
There are two group sites. One site accommodates up to 30 people and has outhouses, a fire grill and pit, water tap, 6 picnic tables and overflow parking. The site is in close proximity to a sandy beach on East Lake. The second site can accommodate up to 50 people and has outhouses, a water tap, 11 picnic tables and a fire grill and pit. The site is right near the water, making for beautiful scenery. Reservations can be made by calling the park directly at (613) 393-3319.

Picnics and Day Use
Picnic at the day-use areas at Dunes Beach, Sandbanks Beach, Lakeshore Lodge and Outlet Beach. Dunes day use area has picnic shelters. Only the group picnic shelter offers barbeque. No flush toilet at Sandbanks beach and Lakeshore Lodge day use areas.

Electric Sites - 140

Visitor Centre
The Nature Shoppe, operated by the Friends of Sandbanks Park, is open daily throughout the summer. It sells souvenirs, clothing, books and toys and is located within the Visitor Centre.

Barrier Free Access - Showers, flush toilets

Campsites 177 and 631 have been equipped with a wheelchair accessible picnic table and flat gravel pad. A pathway connects these sites to the nearest comfort station.

Park Store
The Park Store sells camping supplies and souvenirs. A restaurant serves breakfast, light meals and fast food.

Showers
Yes, in comfort stations in each campground except Richardson's

Flush Toilets
Yes, in comfort stations in each campground except Richardson's

Laundromat
Yes, in the comfort station in Outlet River Campground A and Woodlands Campground

Play Area - Yes, in Dunes Beach day-use area
Boat Launch - Yes, on Outlet River
Rentals - Canoes, kayaks, paddleboats.

Personal Floatation Devices (PFDs) are available at the Wood Yard and Boat Rental Facility. For a $30 refundable deposit, you can borrow a properly fitted PFD for you and your children.

Off-Season - Gated

Hiking
Cedar Sands Trail 2 km (1 hour) easy
This interpretive trail explains the ecology of the famous sand dunes at this park. Viewing platforms overlook the Outlet River and the Baymouth sand dune complex.

Woodlands Trail 5 km (2.5 hours) easy
Walk or cycle through Woodland Campground, wood lots and pastures along this trail. It starts at Outlet Beach and ends at Dunes Beach day-use area beside West Lake. Look for wildlife as go along.

Fishing
East Lake and West Lake have good populations of large and small mouth bass, walleye, pike and perch. Nearby Bay of Quinte is known as one of the best locations in North America for catching walleye. This eastern end of Lake Ontario also chinook salmon.

Canoeing
Canoes, kayaks and paddleboats can be rented at the Wood Yard and Boat Rental Facility on Outlet River.

Boating
The waters around the park are ideal for motorboating, small-craft sailing and sailboarding.

Swimming
The wide, clean, sandy beaches and shallow, safe waters of Outlet and Sandbanks beaches on Lake Ontario are ideal for family swimming.

Swimming starts sooner at Dunes Beach on West Lake as the inland water warms up faster than Lake Ontario. But beware of the steep drop-off after the shallows.

For more information:
Sandbanks Provincial Park
R.R.#1
Picton, Ontario
K0K 2T0
613-393-3319