How to beat the crowds at Sandbanks

Sandbanks Provincial Park is one of the busiest parks in the province, welcoming over 750,000 visitors every summer!

At peak times, visitors might wait over two hours just to make it inside the gate. Many weekends, Sandbanks hits capacity and can’t welcome any more visitors until later in the day.

We really hate to turn away visitors, especially knowing many have driven several hours to get here.

Planning a trip to Sandbanks? Check out our top tips for a fun and frustration-free visit:

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Health benefits of swimming

Whether you walk through the waves or jump off the dock, there’s no better way to cool off than going for a swim.

This summer, as you escape the sweltering heat in one of Ontario’s lakes, think about these head-to-toe benefits your body is receiving from that dip:

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50 years at Sandbanks

This week’s post comes from father and grandfather Roger Duffy, whose family has camped at Sandbanks Provincial Park every year since 1968!

My how time flies.

July of 1968 was our first camping trip to Sandbanks Provincial Park (then known as Outlet Beach Provincial Park).

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Our free PFD Lending Program

Our visitors enjoy some of the most beautiful beaches and waterfronts in Ontario – from the barrier dune formations of Sandbanks to the Caribbean blue waters of Pancake Bay.

While swimming, boating and other water activities are a centrepiece of any Ontario Parks adventure, there are also risks associated with these activities.

We want our campers and day-trippers to stay safe when they hit the waves.

And that starts with a PFD (personal flotation device)!

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September’s digital download

Did you recognize this gem?

That’s right — it’s Lake St. Peter Provincial Park!

A favourite with RVers, the park sits on a large lake, boasting lots of waterfront campsites. Explore it by boat, stretch out on the beach, or rent a canoe or kayak. Plus — as you can see — the shoreline lends itself to some outstanding sunsets!

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Pancake Bay voted Lake Superior’s “Best Beach View”

What’s Pancake Bay’s secret?

Is it the white, sugary sand? The Caribbean blue-and-turquoise waters? The expansive views across Lake Superior from the beach, or high above from the Edmund Fitzgerald Lookout.

Actually, it seems to be all of the above and more. For the sixth year in a row, Pancake Bay Provincial Park has been named one of the “Best of the Lake” in Lake Superior Magazine’s annual Reader’s Survey.

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Beach accessibility at Ontario Parks

Beaches can be an accessibility challenge for park visitors using walkers or wheelchairs. Because of the soft sand, wheels and legs of walkers can sink in, making them tough to maneuver.

As a part of our commitment to making parks as accessible as possible, more parks are offering beach accessibility measures to help visitors explore our shorelines.

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