On the Water
Embrace wind, sun and sand beaches in Sandbanks Provincial Park
Cool blue cottage-country lakes and canals; the gently flowing St. Lawrence River; the waves and beaches of Lake Ontario. South Eastern Ontario has water activities for every mood and sport. Sandbanks beach in the Bay of Quinte’s Sandbanks Provincial Park faces the gusts of Lake Ontario with swimming and sailboarding. On shore, imposing dunes rise behind a sun-lover’s beach of fine sand. Camp here for a day or a week. On-site amenities like groceries and laundry make it easy to stay. Sandbanks Provincial Park is right next door to Picton and the
wineries of Prince Edward County. An easy drive from tent to table, there’s no reason to rough it at Sandbanks beach.
The Great Waterway Classic
Glengarry Highland Games
Kinsmen Cornwall Liftoff
Boating, cruising and beaches – 1000 Island cruises are only the beginning!
Visitors do well to push north east from Sandbanks. Ontario’s Great Waterway offers countless boating opportunities and none more famous or spectacular than a 1000 Islands cruise or boating adventure. Spend a morning taking in the mansion-topped islands, then do some sailing or paddle boating. For a Robinson Crusoe experience, rent a cottage on a small island and explore private beaches. Or for the public spirited, tiny Thwartway Island, in a pristine national park setting, has a cozy anchorage on a small bay. Jump over the side and swim to the sandy beach. Taking in the unspoilt scene, it’s easy to imagine
that pirates once hid here, and the bottom of the St. Lawrence is littered with wrecks. Suit up and slip beneath the waves for the best fresh water wreck diving in the world.
Blend cottaging with boating for Land O’Lakes relaxation
fresh-water beach. If solitude is your goal, more than 5000 lakes in the Land O’Lakes region west of the Rideau Canal are the place to spread out on a secluded beach steps from your luxury cottage rental. Strap on water skis for a refreshing lap around the lake or take the wheel and tie up in an historic town for a local. Don’t forget to pack your bikes on your houseboat rental. South Eastern Ontario offers the long and short of great cycling tours.
Lower your mainsail and slow it down in the Rideau Canal, crown jewel of the Rideau Heritage Route. Boating over 200 km of lakes and locks connects heritage towns and villages with deep pioneer roots. Pull up to the dock at the Foley Mountain Conservation Area for swimming in crystal-clear water at a
- Trisha, Kanata
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