Sandbanks Provincial Park Address: 3004 County Rd. 12 RR 1, Prince Edward, ON K0K 2T0
Most beach goer’s use the SandBanks main beach and this Dunes beach as a go to beach spot. This entry is about the glorious hike, or paddles deep into the shoreline into the Dunes that takes you to a majestical remote wonder and in the middle of the Dunes it makes you feel like your in the Dessert.
You dont need to follow the basic trail leading through the Dunes to Lake Ontario. If your more adventurous hike up the Dunes and around West Lake, at certain cruves walk in the water through Lily Pads and continue going wrpaping around and climbing several Dunes with trees and Greenery.
In the pictures below you will see a remote spot with Wood structures built and an area to cross over to Lake Ontario for a private beach. Overall the dunes continue right to the village or Wellington.
History of the Dunes:
This giant wall of sand moved across Prince Edward County from 1890 and 1920 it it was all because of beer. When the US government slapped a surtax on whiskey during the Civil War, American consumers switched to beer. The best barley for beer was considered Canadian. Canadian Farmers hurriedly turned all available fields to barley production but a mild climate and close proximity to the USA cattle were hustled off their pastures and onto the most marginal lands in the county, Dunes. Following the retreat of the last glaciers, the Prince Edward Peninsula built up a long Beach of sand and over the centuries the prevailing winds whipped the sand into a Ridge of dunes that measured 8 kilometres long, 2 kilometres wide and 50 meters high. If you look closely enough you may see a brick factory that was whipped away and supposedly underneath the dunes #history