Sometimes, the best part about the beach is what you find at the beach. There are obvious things we expect to find, like soft sand and inviting water to swim in.
A big, blue, 10′ x 10′ floating dock to catch some sun, or to jump off of for a swim is a plus.
Other times, it’s what shows up at the beach that steals the show.
What you find at a public beach and what you find at a little wild beach can be different and wonderful just the same.
It’s nice to have both in the same spot!
In May, we rented a small waterfront cabin at Lower Beverley Lake Park, a 106 acre, full-service public campground and park nestled into beautiful mature forest, with large open grassy areas on the north east shores of Lower Beverley Lake.
Lower Beverley Lake Park, located in Delta, Township of Rideau Lakes in Ontario, has a public beach in the campground and little wild beaches along its shores.
It was an easy 1 ½ hour drive south from our home in Canada’s National Capital Region (Ottawa, Ontario/Gatineau, Quebec). For others, the park is only a 40 minute drive from the U.S. Border, 2 ½ hours from Montreal or 3 ½ hours from Toronto.
When we arrived at Lower Beverley Lake Park I asked the friendly woman at the campground reception where we could launch our kayaks. She responded with a smile, “Hon, you can launch right in front of your cabin.”
I responded, “Awesome!”
Our cabin, number 8, had it’s own dock running out from a little wild beach. A perfect spot for launching our kayaks and many photo ops.
Other cabins are close to the public beach, so there is a good choice of cabin location depending on your preference. The cabins are located waterfront, away from the campgrounds for more privacy.
I didn’t have to go far. I just kept looking out the cabin window. The Canadian geese always put on the best show. The Mallard duck was not impressed, but it always makes us laugh to see a big goose upside-down.
The geese are very shy here and protective of their babies, unlike urban geese in Ottawa, Ontario, who often let you walk amongst them. I had to shoot these images from the cabin window, otherwise they would quickly swim away.
We didn’t even need to bring a dog. The neighboring cabins always seemed to have one we could borrow. Dogs are kept on a leash throughout the park, and are not allowed on the public beach. And it seems dog owners, and the park administration, are very good about picking up after dogs on the grounds.
Hey look! Just as we thought it was too windy to paddle that day, and decided we’d try out one of the region’s back-country cycling itineraries instead, a fleet of 12 paddlers in awesome sea kayaks poured out of Delta Creek, just south of our cabin, and zipped past.
I had to run out of the cabin barefoot to catch them.
When I returned to the cabin, my paddle partner said, “Your eggs are really cold now.”
It’s silly to try and eat breakfast next to a window in a waterfront cabin on a little wild beach on Lower Beverley Lake.
This is when all the action happens.
Or is it? The full moon showed up that night and it stayed until dawn.
Enjoy the beach. Large or small, near or far, public or wild, beaches bring us hours of pleasure and many surprises. We certainly enjoyed the beaches at Lower Beverley Lake Park in Delta, Ontario. In the heat of summer, and early fall, the water will be warm enough for a refreshing swim.
As with any beach in a popular park, the busy season is from mid-June until the end of August.
In my upcoming stories about Delta, Ontario in the Township of Rideau Lakes, we’ll get off the beach at Lower Beverley Lake Park and into the sea kayaks.
Lower Beverley Lake is an an awesome lake for day tripping with kayaks, wind surfing, boating, and fishing, with 28 kilometers (17 miles) of diverse shoreline adorned with granite rock formations, forest, marshland, small sandy beaches, and some cottage development.
Lower Beverley Lake offers open water, large and small bays to hide in on windy days, 14 islands to skirt around, and several adjoining creeks that are interesting to explore (Delta, Lyndhurst, Morton).
It’s a fairly deep lake with an average depth of 9.1 meters (30 feet), the deepest parts are 28.7 meters (94 feet).
There are some limestone shoals to watch out for. Most are marked with small white rock buoys with reflectors and lights.
We’ll also get off the beach and onto the bikes to test one of the Rideau Lakes region’s back-country cycling itineraries.
I’m a recreational cyclist who is more of a tourist preferring easy off-road pathways with my hybrid mountain bike. My cycle partner is a real cyclist with big strong legs and a hot red and white cyclocross bike for on and off-road touring at higher speeds who prefers to let loose on the open road. So you’ll get two points of view from two different types of cyclists on the same route.
Here’s more on that in my blog story on The Great Waterway: Backcountry Biking, Route 8, Rideau Lakes, Ontario
Top Ten Beaches: Sandbanks, Grass Creek, Joel Stone, and more! By Peggy Varner
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