Local Attractions

Swimming, Watersports, Sailing, Canoeing, Windsurfing, Camping, Hiking, Birdwatching, Cross-Country Skiing...

The Sandbanks Provincial Park and East Lake are some of Southern Ontario’s most delightful recreational spots, a summer magnet for campers and day visitors. Sandbanks boasts three sandy beaches: Outlet Beach, Sandbanks Beach and Dunes Beach. They are among the largest and most beautiful beaches in Ontario, with golden sand and sparkling water. Windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and boating compete with sunbathing and swimming as favourite park activities. Two of the finest bay mouth sandbars and coastal sand dune systems in the province can be found here. Sandbanks is also home to an interesting mix of vegetation and wildlife.

At the Visitor Centre, you can view exihibits of the park's history and the natural attractions. The park does offer guided hikes, presentations, campfires, children's programmes, and other events during the summertime.

Camping
  • The campgrounds have a total of 75 campsites.  Group camping is available.
  • Early reservations are recommended during high-season months: July and August.
  • Each campsite has a picnic table and a fire-grill. Campsites with 15 amp electrical service available.
  •  Water taps for washing dishes can be found close to most campsites.
  • Shower, laundry, and washrooms are easily accessible from the campsites.
  • Our park store sells some camping supplies. Campers should bring drinking water
Swimming
  • Access to 750 ft of water front. Great for swimming and fishing off the doc.
  • Perfect environment for swimming, sunbathing, and picnicking.
  • Our water front is not supervised.
Fishing
  • Both East and West Lakes have good populations of largemouth and smallmouth bass, pickerel, pike, perch and other panfish.
  • The nearby Bay of Quinte is known as one of the best locations in North America for catching pickerel.
  • The East end of Lake Ontario hosts a variety of other species, depending on the season.
  • Chinook Salmon draw the most attention and truly offer the angler an opportunity to catch the “big one”.
Boating & Wind Surfing 
  • Ideal environment for motorboating, small-craft sailing and canoeing.Boat Launch nearby.
  • Windsurfing is a higly popular sport at the park and the conditions at our park is considered just about perfect.
Hiking
  • Large variety of flora and fauna.   
  • The Cedar Sands Nature trail is a self-guided trail over the East Lake bar.
Off-Season
  • Spring/Fall: Hiking & Bird-Watching.
  • Winter: Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing when there is enough snow.
  • Sailboarding is a higly popular sport at the park and the conditions at our campground is considered just about perfect.
  • Staying overnight during off-season is possible. Please contact the park superintendent in advance.