The best camping near Sandbanks Provincial Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Sandbanks Provincial Park adventure.

Camp by the lake, climb the sand dunes, and sun on the beaches of this popular park east of Toronto.  

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Glampanee

1 site · Lodging9 acres · Napanee, ON
Enjoy the lovely setting of this romantic spot in nature. This is for experienced campers as this is off grid. You will feel relaxed in this yurt located on a 9+ acres and close to Prince Edward County. Everything will be provided to make your stay/experience as comfortable as possible: toiletries, shower kit, BBQ... We will also offer (upon request and availability) RMT service and food from local restaurant(s).
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Red Cedar Plains

4 sites · RVs, Tents110 acres · Prince Edward, ON
The 110-acre estate has been overtaken with Red Cedars at the front of the property, and also has a mature forest at the rear of the property. It has become a sort of refuge for wildlife. Deer, bunnies, and even Coyotes roam freely on what has over the past 20 or 30 years become a young forest. This is a place of quiet reflection. however, it is also a great place to reunite with loved ones over exciting conversations, music, and drinks over the flame of a campfire. However, we exercise a quiet hours policy starting at 11pm. No loud music or loud talking. We are in close proximity to the first and most prominent vineyard in PEC. (Wauppos Estates). They have some of the best wine you will find here, and spectacular gardens on the lake with a south-facing dock. Grab a glass of wine and wander the grounds. They also have a petting zoo, ice cream, and a market where you can grab food, drinks, or some fresh local produce. Nearby there are blueberry and strawberry fields where you can pick your own fruit. Right around the corner from us we have our favourite wine maker at Amanda’s Winery.
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The Kountry Korner

5 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents25 acres · Trenton, ON
The Kountry Korner is a cozy part of our families working farm . Goats and chickens roam the property living their best life. The property consists of wooded areas, fields and a 12 acre private lake. 1 Glamping suite available Firewood available $15.00 bundle 5 Primitive tent sites available with level gravel bases. These are located in the woods. $25.00 per tent per night. Parking at site. Potable water and showers available at office. 3 Primitive RV sites available. These are not pull through sites. Reversing is necessary. Don't let that stop you though, assistance is available. Level grassed area, picnic table and firepit. No hook ups at sites. Water available at office. Outdoor shower at office. Outdoor sink. Please note.... Chickens and goats roam free about the property. Not responsible for the little Black and White Roosters attitude
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Glamping in a Luxury Tiny Home

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Carrying Place, ON
FOR YOUR PRIVACY BLINDS HAVE BEEN INSTALLED! Escape to Oliver's Tiny Home, where breathtaking lake views await. Sit back on the Muskoka Chairs, savoring a glass of local wine. End the day around a cozy campfire. Stay connected with included Wi-Fi. Your perfect lakeside retreat awaits. The space: Welcome to our modern and stylish tiny home! Step inside to find a well-equipped kitchen with all the essentials you need, including a stove, fridge with freezer, coffee maker, kettle, cookware, cutlery, and a dinnerware set. Wine glasses are also provided for your enjoyment. Designed for both comfort and functionality, our tiny home features a queen-sized mattress in the main bedroom, easily accessible by stairs. Additionally, a cozy loft with a twin-sized mattress pad can be accessed via a ladder, providing additional sleeping space. The main living area offers a comfortable double sofa, which can be folded out to accommodate an extra guest. Relax and unwind while enjoying the cozy ambiance of our charming space. Stay connected with our complimentary Wi-Fi and make use of all the amenities we provide for your convenience. Fresh linens and towels are included to ensure a comfortable stay. The washroom features a full shower, vanity, and toilet, allowing you to freshen up and prepare for your day with ease. To keep your belongings organized, we offer hangers to hang your clothes and cubbies to store your personal items. Experience the comfort and convenience of our modern tiny home, where every detail has been carefully considered to provide you with a memorable and enjoyable stay. Guest access The entire tiny home is accessible to guests. Other things to note: ***Please note that the loft areas is not suitable for young children or anyone with mobility issues. By booking our tiny home, you acknowledge and agree to our liability sheet, which outlines our policies and procedures for your safety and well-being.*** ***BEGINNING OCTOBER 1, 2023 THERE WILL BE NO WIFI AVAILABLE AT THE TINY HOME****
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Hay Bay Retreat

1 site · Lodging2 acres · Napanee, ON
No cottage roads just a private driveway on a paved road, but far enough away that you can’t hear passing traffic. No immediate neighbours give you peace & privacy to enjoy sunny days and beautiful Lake Ontario sunsets on Hay Bay. Easy to get to from the 401 (15 min from Napanee). Our NW-facing cottage is approx.1200 sqft with a covered porch, 2 bdrm and 1 bath. A large yard for games, play structure, pebble beach, dock, 2 paddle boards/kayaks and a water trampoline/slide all for you to enjoy!
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Open Sky Glamping Kawartha Dome

1 site · Lodging24 acres · Belleville, ON
Escape to nature in Kawarthas, 2 hours from Toronto. Woodland trails, cycling, star gazing, bird-watching, or immerse in nature's tranquility with the calls of loons and birdsong. Cozy up by the wood-burning stove, and watch the natural world unfold outside. Our spacious dome embraces serenity, inviting you to slow down and savor life's simple joys. Perfect for romantic getaways or adventures with friends. Marmora Retreat's Dome offers a unique and inviting escape like no other. THE SPACE This exceptional 500 sqft dome boasts spacious living quarters and 13' high ceilings adorned with a skylight that invites you to stargaze from the comfort of your cozy queen-size bed. You'll find a fully-equipped kitchenette, complete with a solar-powered fridge and freezer, allowing you to enjoy all the conveniences of home while reducing your ecological footprint. Hang out beneath the bamboo light fixtures, savor meals at the dining area for four, and stay warm by the wood-burning stove on cooler evenings. Eco-conscious guests will appreciate the bathroom featuring a composting toilet, aligning with our commitment to sustainability. With plenty of power outlets and a pull-out couch, the dome accommodates up to four guests, making it ideal for romantic getaways, nature adventures with friends, or peaceful solo retreats. Step outside onto the sprawling 500 sqft deck, where you can relax on comfortable patio furniture while observing local wildlife. A wood-burning hot tub beckons you to unwind beneath the stars, and a cozy fire pit and BBQ offer opportunities for outdoor dining and socializing. A sail shade provides shelter from the elements, and a refreshing outdoor shower completes the outdoor oasis. Marmora Retreat's Dome is entirely off-grid, running on solar power and sustainable heating, allowing you to enjoy modern comforts in harmony with nature. Whether you're seeking a romantic escape, a nature-filled adventure with friends, or a tranquil solo getaway, our dome promises an unforgettable experience in the embrace of the great outdoors. Come and savor off-grid living at its finest! THIS RETREAT OFFERS Nature View Parking Area Pets Allowed (damage deposit required) Spacious 500 sqft indoor living space. Kitchenette with all you need. Solar-powered fridge and freezer. 13’ high ceilings with a skylight for stargazing. Cozy hanging bamboo light fixtures. Plenty of power outlets. Comfy queen-size bed and pull-out couch. Wood-burning stove. Dining area for 4. Huge viewing window. Bathroom with a composting toilet. A big 1000 sqft deck. Relax with comfy patio furniture and watch wildlife. Outdoor dining for 4. Sail shade for sun or rain. Wood-burning hot tub. Lovely evening lights. Cozy fire pit. Full size BBQ for your cookouts. Refreshing outdoor shower. Guest access Access to BBQ grill & cozy fire pit on the outdoor deck. OTHER THINGS TO NOTE Only 1-2 pets are permitted during your stay at the Dome. Please note that Dome guests do not have access to Marmora Retreat's Farmhouse area, pool, and waterfront dock area. The hot tub may require up to 4 hours to reach optimal temperature, which can vary depending on the outdoor temperature. This year, we've encountered issues with wet wood, affecting our firewood supply. To ensure you have a cozy experience, we kindly request that all guests bring their own dry firewood. While we'll still offer firewood, we regret to inform you that we cannot guarantee its dryness. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation. Outdoor Fires - based around the Marmora township, all fire warnings are set at the time of your visit. All outdoor fires must be small, controlled and monitored at all times, they must also be put out with water before being left. Sound - after 10:00 pm there is a noise curfew, but even before that you must make sure you are respectful of other guests on the property who come to relax, as well as our neighbors in this quiet countryside region. In the event of any noise rule violations, such as loud music or disturbances after 10:00 PM, a $500 fee will be applied from the deposit. Power - we are on solar energy, embracing an eco-conscious lifestyle. Our off-grid setup ensures that your stay in the Dome is in harmony with nature. The water system operates on a pump-action system. Enjoy a sustainable, peaceful retreat, leaving a lighter impact on the environment during your stay.
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Shady Bayview Campsite

1 site · RV, Tent40 acres · Napanee, ON
Learn more about this land:Located in a shady level field area sheltered from the elements, a quiet site with a beautiful sunrise bay view awaits. 3 minutes from the boat launch for excellent fishing and paddling on Hay Bay. (Don’t let the google street view deter you, it is out of date - the land is cleaned up and the condemned home is gone)
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Funky Places and Cool Spaces

1 site · Lodging1 acre · Prince Edward County, ON
Welcome to Funky Places and Cool Spaces! Our little plot of waterfront land is a place of healing and co-operative living. We, (Rusty and Marty) are co-habitating in separate residences on the same property with a shared vision of community and sustainability. Our residences are not off grid yet but the cottage, (which is for guests to rent, Rusty"s tiny house, Marty's tipi and the school bus conversion all share a 60 amp service. We collectively aspire to a simple and natura,l alternative way of life, living as close to nature as we can. We utilize the sun and earth to create our own energy and food sources and leave a minimum carbon footprint. We actively try to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as we can in an effort to honour Mother Earth and her gifts. Each residence has a lovely view of the lake and private areas. There are a canoe and kayak for guests to use, BBQ, fire pit. Please bring your own linens and drinking water. Everything else is provided. Guests are welcome to investigate the small organic gardens and ask us about our gardening methods and vision.
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Black Maple Farm

4 sites · Lodging, Tents6 acres · Harrowsmith, ON
For the last 24 years we have lived here on our 6 acres of property where our Maple Sugar Bush allows us to produce our very own maple syrup every spring. [Side note: The sugar shack itself has been on the property for over 40 years.] We also raise a small but varied collection of farm animals, grow vegetables, and operate a 3 generation (Mother, Daughter, and Granddaughter) Artisan Craft Business, that sells handmade "Canadiana Themed" Home Decor goods and Maple Products at our local Farmer's Market.( Visit us on Instagram @Blackmaplefarm) Our Farm is located on the very edge of the Canadian Shield, so most of the landscape is a rocky, rugged, and naturally wooded. Throughout the property are numerous short, looping, walking trails that meander throughout the Sugar bush, pasture area, 3 season pond, and our farm animal "homes". These trails are perfect for short nature walks, where you'll experience natural wildflowers and plants, see and hear song birds, small animal wildlife and of course, farm life too. We are also located on the edge of the Eastern Ontario "Dark Sky" Area, which means we have a very nice view from the edge of our pasture of the North Sky stars on a clear night, with very minimal light pollution. Our varied collection of farm animals includes; lots of chickens, (including roosters who DO crow in the early morning hours), miniature goats, horses, a couple of barn cats, and a dog. During your stay with us you are welcome to come learn about and interact with our animals and daily farm life, if you so desire, and farm fresh eggs and maple syrup are also available to purchase too.
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Cozy Cabin Site 2

2 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents72 acres · Kingston, ON
Experience the tranquility of a private rustic cabin and camping situated on 72 acres. It provides a peaceful environment for nature walks, relaxation by the bonfire or wood stove, and quiet moments reading a book on the porch. During winter, you can enjoy cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, making it an ideal getaway from the city. The cabin is conveniently located near a local golf course, offering additional recreational opportunities for those who enjoy the sport. To ensure comfort and convenience, there is a generator on-site for hydroelectric power. Amenities in the cabin include a BBQ grill, kettle, toaster, mini fridge, and an outdoor water tote. Escape from the busyness, of everyday life and immerse yourself in the serene surroundings of the cabin, where you can enjoy nature and relax in a rustic and secluded setting.
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Lakeport Valley Camp 🏕️

2 sites · Tents1 acre · Brighton, ON
We’re situated in the hamlet of Lakeport, only a 5 minute walk from Lake Ontario!! We don’t own the forest behind our home, we don’t recommend entering. There are active train tracks within a half kilometre from the home. Other than that there’s no noise, just nature We are located 5km from Wicklow Beach! - 10 km from the Big Apple! - 7km from Old Mill Alpacas! - 40km from Batawa Ski Hill - 8km from Silver Lake Stables, where you and your family can do some horseback riding! - 25km from the Northumberland county forest, where you can do hiking/ off-roading! - 17km from St. Anne’s Spa in Grafton! And soooo much more!!
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Cabin in the Woods

3 sites · Lodging, Tents7 acres · Belleville, ON
7 acres of field, forest, pond, waterfall, rapids, swimming hole! There are no bad views! Sit by the pond, sit by the creek, sit in the waterfall, sit out at Blueberry Hill for a pleasant breeze or up on SunStar Ridge for some nightly star gazing or lay back in a hammock or on zero gravity chair 1 Bunkie on a hill overlooking the pond and 2 private tent sites, one at Boot Hill and one in the Field of Dreams. Each site has a fire pit and a compostable toilet and there is an outhouse on the property for the bunkie. Great for canoes, kayaks, bird and wildlife watching with spectacular star gazing. This property was part of an old homestead and as such I am still finding things so please respect the caution tape and stay on the marked trails. Some are treasures (European Grapes, Bergamot, French Roses, Asparagus, Rhubarb, Ramps, Fiddle-heads) and others not so much. I am re purposing what I can and collecting the rest for disposal as I nurture this land back to what it was meant to be, paradise. There is an outdoor shower available as well. If you are green minded you are welcome here!
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The best camping near Sandbanks Provincial Park guide

Overview

About

Sandbanks Provincial Park, outside of Picton in Canada’s Prince Edward County, is one of the busiest Ontario parks, and it’s all because of its sandy shores. Sandbanks Beach stretches 11 kilometres along Lake Ontario, while family-friendly Outlet Beach is shorter but wider. Hike up the massive sand dunes near Dunes Beach on West Lake, which draws swimmers to its somewhat warmer waters, or go canoeing or kayaking on the Outlet River. With more than 500 campsites in five campgrounds, with flush toilets and laundry facilities, Sandbanks accommodates campers with tents to large RVs. Don’t show up without a campsite reservation, though—this is one popular park.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for lakeside lounging: Outlet River Campground A
  • Best for families: Cedars Campground
  • Best for beach explorers: Richardson’s Campground

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Book early! You can reserve Sandbanks campsites up to five months in advance, and many sites, particularly the waterfront campsites in the Outlet River Campground, book immediately.
  2. Make reservations online through the Ontario Parks Reservations Service. Fill out your reservation form in advance, so you can press “Enter” the instant that reservations open for your preferred date.
  3. Cancellations do sometimes become available, so don’t give up if you can’t book on your first try. And if you have no luck at all, consider other provincial parks on the shores of Lake Ontario, such as Presqu'ile or Darlington.

When to go

Sandbanks’ campgrounds are open from late April into October. Campers crowd the park from June through early September, so plan a mid-week stay if you can during this busy summer season. In September and October, expect crisp, dry days and slightly fewer visitors, although weekends are still crowded. Many restaurants, wineries, and other businesses across Prince Edward County reduce their hours in early spring and late fall and close entirely from January to March.

Know before you go

  • Lengthy summer line-ups at Sandbanks’ entrances are legendary; check the park’s Twitter for current status. Campers have priority over day-use visitors, as long as you follow the check-in instructions in your reservation confirmation.
  • In foodie-friendly Prince Edward County, buy your produce at farmstands, find fresh breads and pastries at local bake shops, and source wine or beer from County producers. While alcohol is normally permitted on your Sandbanks campsite, the park bans alcohol around the Victoria Day long weekend in May.
  • Sandbanks has two cottages available to rent year-round. Near West Lake, Maple Rest Heritage House, a brick Victorian, sleeps eight, while the simpler Jacques Cottage, on Lake Ontario, sleeps four.

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