Destination guide

Say "I dune" with Sandbanks Provincial Park vacation rentals

Sandbanks Provincial Park is one of the natural jewels of Ontario. Jutting out from the northern coast of Lake Ontario, Sandbanks has the world's largest bay-mouth sandbar and dune system. The park has 3 beaches – Outlet Beach, Dunes Beach, and Lakeshore Beach. Outlet Beach is a favourite with families thanks to its shallow waters and gentle currents; it's also popular for beach boarding. Dunes Beach, on the other hand, is where you'll find the park's iconic sand dunes. The waters here are also shallow, but the sudden drop-off makes this beach tricky if you're not a strong swimmer. Meanwhile, the peaceful Lakeshore Beach is more isolated and less crowded. All three beaches boast fine, golden sand. Of course, there's more to Sandbanks Provincial Park than its beaches. The sandbar is a popular stop for migrating birds, and you can watch them at the park's West Point. Feeling fishy? Both the East and West Lake areas of the park are home to large populations of bass, pickerel, perch, and pike. If you're lucky, you may even catch salmon. There are plenty of cottage rentals around Sandbanks that you can use as base on your holiday there.

History

Before Sandbanks Provincial Park was ever a park, it was first the site of a number of settlements. The earliest ones were of Ice Age-era hunter-gatherers. A couple thousand years later, Europeans came to the land, mostly Loyalist Quakers from New York escaping the American Revolutionary War in the 1770s. These Loyalists were given land on what is now Sandbanks. Despite its forests, Sandbanks wasn't ideal for farming, so the Loyalists cut down centuries-old trees and grazed their cattle on the grass covering the dunes. Without vegetation to hold them down, the sand dunes began eroding, and, eventually, the sand buried an area the size of a town. If you drive up Loyalist Parkway from your cottage rental, you can trace the route the Loyalist Quakers took to escape New York and get to that end of Lake Ontario.

Essential info

What you need to know about Sandbanks Provincial Park

Sandbanks Provincial Park sits on 6.11 square kilometres on the northern coast of Lake Ontario. It's within the jurisdiction of Picton, though it's also close to the city of Belleville. Though the park was established in 1970, a good part of the coastline has been purchased by private owners, and some of them didn't sell their strip of beach to the park. So, the beaches of the park don't stretch in a continuous line. Some portions of the beach are private and may be available as vacation rentals. Sandbanks isn't regulated by lifeguards, though, so you'll need to keep an eye on your kids when swimming or playing in the sand. You may find some bathers swimming "au naturel" in the more secluded portions of the park. Campsites and boat launches dot the park, but keep in mind that fees vary based on your activities and the length of your visit.

Family friendly

Family fun at your Sandbanks Provincial Park vacation rental

Sandbanks Provincial Park offers a great place for families to spend quality time in the great outdoors. Did someone say fabulous beaches? There are miles of open sand, and if you have a 4-legged family member they can make the most of an endless playground. Away from the sand kids can also enjoy the cycle trails, while the area's artisan ice cream is bound to be a hit with the young ones; why not take a litre or two back to your Sandbanks Provincial Park vacation rental?

Good for couples

A romantic Sandbanks Provincial Park vacation rental

If your idea of a romantic break is busy days of sightseeing followed by cozy evenings in an idyllic setting then a Sandbanks Provincial Park vacation rental is just the ticket. Think long walks on lonely beaches and exhilarating cycle trails, followed by visits to local wineries and seafood restaurants. Romance is alive and well in this corner of Ontario.

Where to stay near Sandbanks Provincial Park?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 350 house rentals near Sandbanks Provincial Park. From 95 Cottages to 213 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Sandbanks Provincial Park is on HomeAway.

Can I rent Cottages near Sandbanks Provincial Park?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 95 Cottages near Sandbanks Provincial Park. Our other popular types of vacation rentals near Sandbanks Provincial Park include:

  • Houses: 213 lodging choices
  • Cabins: 95 lodging choices
  • Bungalows: 95 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Farmhouses and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool near Sandbanks Provincial Park?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 48 rentals with pool available near Sandbanks Provincial Park. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

    Can I book a vacation rental directly online or instantly near Sandbanks Provincial Park?

    Yes, HomeAway offers a selection of 350 vacation rentals to book directly online and 155 with instant booking available near Sandbanks Provincial Park. Don't wait, have a look at our vacation rentals via our search bar and be ready for your next trip near Sandbanks Provincial Park!