This former channel of the Ottawa River consists mainly of an active sandspit that encloses Bellows Bay. A sandy point and beach ridges are also found here. Waterfowl, shorebirds, and turtles nest in this habitat which is also an important site for migrating birds. One of the most prominent and sensitive features of Westmeath Provincial Park are the sand dunes. The active dune system is located behind the beach, which borders the Ottawa River.
Park Facilities and Activities: There are no visitor facilities. However, hiking, boating, swimming and nature study may still be enjoyed. Access by land: From Trans Canada Hwy (17) exit North East on county road 7, turn left onto county road 21. From the junction of county roads 21 and 12, drive east 4.5 km along gravel access road. A park boundary sign is posted near a gated access road which enters the park. Vehicles may be parked near this entrance but must avoid restricting access to the gate. Users may only access the park by non-mechanized methods such as walking or biking. The use of ATV’s is prohibited. Access by water: Launching facilities are available in the town of Westmeath; launching fees may be applicable. The park may be accessed by navigating upstream along the Ottawa River.
Location: On Bellows Bay, Lower Allumette Lake (in the Ottawa Valley), about 25 km east of Pembroke. From the junction of county roads 21 and 12, drive east 4.5 km along unsurfaced access road.