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“The key to happiness is to know your spot (do your homework)” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sandbanks Provincial Park

Sandbanks Provincial Park
County Road 12, Picton, Ontario K0K 2T0, Canada
(613) 393-3319
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Ranked #1 of 36 things to do in Picton
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Toronto, Canada
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“The key to happiness is to know your spot (do your homework)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

That's what we did, and it mostly paid off. Case in point: we took spot 103. It was a little further from the shore, and it wasn't as flat as I would have preferred (if we'd had a 6+ person tent), but compared to other spots, it had an abundance of privacy, and a network of hiking paths at your door step. Compared to our direct neighbour (101), they were directly on the road and had no privacy. Compared to spots closer to the shore, they had constant foot and vehicle traffic and very little privacy.

My tip was to check the maps (there are multiple areas to camp), select a spot at random that you fancy, and start searching that spot specifically for reviews. The net is not flooded with reviews for every individual site, but you can get a good sense of how people have fared in the past. Worked for us.
As for Sandbanks itself, there is no softer sand than those dunes anywhere I've been, it remains shallow for ages and is wonderful for children. We had an amazing time and please tell your friends it's haunted or has a sewage problem or something.

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“What a surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Is this really Ontario?
The sand is soft and the beach is beautiful.
What a great way to spend an afternoon.
The water is shallow walking in which is great for the kids.
This is a great choice for a day or weekend!

Visited July 2014
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La Prairie, Canada
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“Too Many beaches !!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

You cannot believe that your in Canada and not in some tropical island on those beaches. Sure the OPP police is a hint. There is a lot of parking at all the beaches, but you must come early to have a good spot, like 11... The beaches were clean whit lot of garbage/recycle can on the Outlet beach, the Dunes were also clean, but less garbage/recycle can.
At the Outlet beach the are toilet whit running water and clean changing room the are lots of camping, but you need to reserve early, like 5 mount in advance.
You'll need many days to fully enjoy this location and the Prince Edward County is beautiful to visit.

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Ottawa, Canada
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“Great beach, almost tropical!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The beach is huge, sandy, and full of fun. I definitely got a Caribbean vibe while there.

Downsides - no garbage cans in sight and the change rooms were pretty gross. Also, not a lot of commercial stuff available (a good thing but some people might expect it).

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Kingston, Ontario, Canada
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“Amazing Beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The Sandbanks in Picton have remained one of the best beaches I've been to for as long as I can remember. The beach is huge and has an abundance of resort-quality sand, but my favourite part is that the water remains shallow for an incredible distance. Over the years, the price has creeped up to $16 per vehicle, but at least you can see where a large portion of that money goes... keeping the beach area as clean and well taken care of.

HELPFUL TIP: The cost is per day (not per hour) so make the most of your money, bring some snacks and plan to make a day of it!

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