Beyond the beach: one naturalist’s 35-year-career at Sandbanks

Today’s post comes from Yvette Bree. Yvette has been the park naturalist at Sandbanks Provincial Park for 35 years and retires at the end of August this year.

1986. A year forever etched in my memory.

The year I graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (B.E.S.) with a Resource Management option.

The year I was married to my high school boyfriend (still going strong).

And the year I got my first job with Ontario Parks.

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Worst of the worst: a naturalist’s list of the most harmful types of litter

Today Yvette Bree, a Discovery Leader at Sandbanks Provincial Park for over 30 years, shares some thoughts about this season. 

2020 will go down as — to put it mildly — a difficult year for many people.

Although affected by the world around me, I choose to acknowledge that I am pretty lucky: I live in a great country, a great province, and have enjoyed a career in a stunningly beautiful park.

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How to beat the crowds at Sandbanks

Sandbanks Provincial Park is one of the busiest parks in the province, welcoming over 800,000 visitors in 2020!

Sandbanks full parking lot signsMany summer days — especially weekends — Sandbanks hits capacity and can’t welcome any more visitors. This year, you need to book your day use permit in advance to guarantee entry.

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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March vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

Spring will be here before you know it. Get one last winter adventure in this March!

Stay warm in one of our roofed accommodations. We’ve got lots of cabins, cottages, and yurts available all month, especially for midweek visitors!

Accommodations featured below were available as of 11:00 am, February 18, 2020.

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February vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

Are you planning a romantic getaway this month? Why not celebrate at a provincial park!

Stay warm and cozy at Ontario Parks this February in one of our roofed accommodations! We’ve got lots of cabins, cottages and yurts available all month, especially for midweek visitors!

Accommodations featured below were available as of 11:00 am, January 14, 2020.

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Romantic winter adventures worth travelling for

A cozy cabin in the woods blanketed with snow. A forested trail leading to your very own frosty adventure. Gliding through the woods by skate or ski.

Sound like something out of a fairy tale? It’s not; it’s winter at Ontario Parks!

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January vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

Start the year right with a cozy staycation!

Stay warm in one of our roofed accommodations, and enjoy all that winter has to offer! We’ve have cabins, cottages and yurts available, especially for midweek visitors!

Accommodations featured below were available as of 9:00 am, December 18, 2019.

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December vacancy highlights (roofed accommodation)

The holiday season is just around the corner! Imagine spending it surrounded by snow, with the sound of nature at your doorstep.

We’ve got lots of cabins, cottages, and yurts available throughout December, including many weekend openings.

Accommodations featured below are available as of 10:00 am, November 14, 2019:

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“Fall”ing into a new role at Sandbanks

In our “Behind the Scenes” series, Discovery Program staff across the province share a backstage glimpse of their favourite programs and projects. Today’s post comes from Carlin Thompson, Assistant Discovery Leader at Sandbanks Provincial Park.

When summer transitions into fall at Sandbanks Provincial Park, many campgrounds are closed for the season. Park Store and Discovery Centre hours are reduced, and snow fencing is placed along our popular beaches in preparation for whipping winter winds.

This year, as camping visitation waned and summer staff headed back to school, I was preparing to tackle a new challenge for the Discovery Program.

After decades of educating and entertaining campers with summer programs, Sandbanks’ Discovery Program is thrilled to refocus our efforts this fall to become a more active community partner with our local schools.

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