I refuse to think that summer is almost done. Already you’re starting to see some of the leaves change colour, and I’m not ready...
But thankfully, it’s not too cool yet and there’s still enough time to get some sun, relax on the beach before it gets too cold to do so.
See, as a family we love to go on little day trips, explore new places. Seeing that we’re in the middle of Canada, with no beaches and coasts, we were pleasantly surprised and happy to discover for ourselves, a little slice of paradise... by that, we mean a gorgeous park with a beach called Sandbanks Provincial Park.
Just about a 2-2.5 hour drive from Toronto, this is the perfect place to spend the day - what with unique hiking trails, a beach, and within Prince Edward County, winery tours! Sounds like a beautiful and fun-filled day!
Now in light of the current pandemic going on, as much as we wanted to lay on the beach and enjoy the waters, there seemed like there were too many people in the area for us to feel safe, so we were mostly there to admire the Sand Dunes which incidentally, is the largest of its kind in the world! And the history behind it is quite fascinating! I highly recommend a reading on it here.
We were speechless at how there could be a Sand Dune this massive in Ontario, it truly felt like we were on a tropical island, minus the palm trees and salty sea water.
We took the designated hiking trail around the dunes, which took us about 2-3 hours to do, as we took our time, stopped for a quick break - and not to mention, hiking on sand is MUCH harder than hiking on solid ground!!! You exert double the effort hiking! It was a good workout for sure, and made the experience all the more memorable, as this was uniquely different from any hikes that we have done so far - it truly felt like we were in a different country all together.
So if you’re in need of a unique adventure and day trip, definitely recommend going here, and perhaps stopping by the Big Apple on your way there to get some snacks and drinks before heading out to the dunes. This day trip is definitely one for the books, and if you have a little more time or even a couple nights to stay, enjoy the wine country!!