Day Use Vehicle Permits: because of the popularity of this park, it is one that may need permits to be purchased in advance in order to guarantee park access. This was started in 2021 and will continue in 2022.
If you’re smart, grab the permit before any visit, even mid-week. We found this out the hard way at our local Provincial Park.
You can buy the vehicle permit up to 5 days in advance, which guarantees you access to the park on that day. If you have an annual or season pass, you should still book your permit online, but there’s no extra charge.
Facebook and Website Links
If you’re looking for information about camping or hiking at this park, we have more information on our partner website – Sandbanks
Contact & Other Information
Phone #: (613) 393-3319
Main entrance co-ordinates: 43.91122, -77.24169
Address:3004 County Rd. 12 RR#1 Picton K0K 2T0
Opening seasons: April 29, 2022, to October 31, 2022 / January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2022
Canoe & Kayak
Paddling at either of Sandbanks three main beaches can be a lot of fun. The Sand Dune beach is particularly sheltered. But be aware that wind, waves and currents can be tricky. Always wear a PFD and let people know where you are going and what you plan to do.
Although there are no formal canoe routes at Sandbanks, the Outlet River is ideal for those just learning to canoe and who wish to explore the marsh habitat. This is an easy paddle between East Lake and Lake Ontario using the Outlet River that connects the two. Out of season, with the park gates closed, you can still access this paddle from the boat ramp on East Lake.
Canoe & Kayak Rental
This park does not rent canoes or kayaks.
Where to Launch
There’s a boat launch located in the Outlet River (inside the park) and another on the river that is located outside the park (limited vehicle parking). The other alternative is to carry your canoe or kayak from the parking lot to the beach. In the case of Sand Dunes beach, this is perhaps 100 meters over level ground.