Sandbanks Provincial Park


Sandbanks Provincial Park
Sandbanks Provincial Park
IUCN Category II (National Park)
Lake Ontario - Sandbanks Provincial Park 2001.jpg
Location Southern Ontario, Canada
Nearest city Belleville, Ontario
Coordinates 43°54′N 77°16′W / 43.9°N 77.267°W / 43.9; -77.267Coordinates: 43°54′N 77°16′W / 43.9°N 77.267°W / 43.9; -77.267
Area 1,509 ha
Governing body Ontario Parks

Sandbanks Provincial Park is a provincial park located on Lake Ontario in Prince Edward County near Picton, Ontario, Canada. It is noted for its picturesque sand dunes and beaches. It also has the world's largest fresh water sand bar and dune system.

Sandbanks is run by the government of Ontario, with areas for different types of recreation. Some parts of the beach had been bought or settled before the designation of the area as a provincial park, which makes the beaches come in short clusters along the coastline.

Sandbanks Provincial Park and surrounding beaches are visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. The majority of the tourists come from Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston, New York State, Quebec, and other regions of Southern Ontario.

This is also where the music video for the 1985 song "Wave Babies" by Honeymoon Suite was filmed.

County Road 12 in Prince Edward County is a county road stretching from The Outlet, Ontario to Bloomfield, Ontario. It runs through the park.

History

The Sandbanks area of the road was somewhat considerable pasture for cattle. By the mid 1850s the area was changing dramatically. Farmers cut down 200+ year old trees to clear the land. They build buildings and roads; and in a effort to free up the land to grow crops, farmers allowed their cows to graze on the dunes. The removal of the dunes' natural vegetation meant that there was no longer plants to keep the dunes/sand from shifting across the landscape burying everything in its path. By the 1880s considerable roadwork was necessary. In fact, the West Lake road had to be moved 3 times in a period of 50 years, as the sand kept on burying it. In 1911 they tried to plant White Willow to stop the sand but this did not work. Currently, the shifting sand is under control.[citation needed]

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