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Sandbar Lake PP is a picturesque location that features a beautiful sandy beach with a gently sloping swimming area that’s perfect for families with young children. Visitors will also discover a transitional forest that boasts an assortment of plants and animals, representing both the boreal forest and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Lowlands ecosystems. Amidst the trees, one can find erratic boulders, providing tangible evidence of the immense power of glaciers that once shaped this landscape. Furthermore, this spot serves as a gateway to some of the most challenging northern canoe routes, promising adventure and exploration for outdoor enthusiasts.
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Phone #: (807)934-2995 summer, (807)223-7535 winter.
Main entrance co-ordinates: 49.467516, -91.545418
Opening seasons: May to September
Camping & Accommodation
Sandbar Provincial Park offers opportunities for car camping and group camping.
Sandbar Lake Campground offers a cozy and inviting atmosphere for car camping enthusiasts. With nearly 75 campsites to choose from, approximately one-third of them are equipped with electricity, catering to a range of camping preferences. Whether you prefer a simple tent setup or have a spacious trailer in tow, Sandbar Lake has you covered.
The campsites are thoughtfully designed, with some providing a tantalizing peek at the beautiful lake. For added convenience, essential amenities like water taps, comfort stations, and laundry facilities are conveniently located nearby. Sandbar Lake is the perfect destination for those who enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. Swimming, boating, excellent fishing opportunities, and scenic hiking trails are all just a stone’s throw away.
For those looking to embark on a group camping adventure, Sandbar Lake offers two distinct group campsites, accommodating anywhere from 15 to 100 people. These group sites come complete with water taps and vault toilets for your convenience. Plus, they are conveniently situated within walking distance of comfort stations, the beach, and picturesque hiking trails. Sandbar Lake Campground ensures that everyone, from individual campers to large groups, can enjoy a memorable outdoor experience in a beautiful natural setting.
Hiking, Biking & Paddling
- Silhouette Trail (2km, moderate): This trail offers a 2-kilometer hike through a diverse landscape, including Jack Pine woods, aspen forests, and wetlands. Along the way, you’ll encounter various plant and wildlife silhouettes, each accompanied by descriptive information sheets. This trail provides an opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty and biodiversity of the park while learning about the different species you encounter.
- Red Pine Trail (0.5km, easy): The Red Pine Trail is a shorter, 0.5-kilometer self-guided path that is perfect for a quick and easy walk in the wilderness. It leads you through a natural Red Pine stand. Along the trail, you’ll also come across the remains of burnt trees, which are remnants of a forest fire that occurred in the early 1900s. This trail offers a glimpse into the park’s history and how it has evolved over time.
- Rockcliff Trail (4km, moderate): The Rockcliff Trail is the longest of the three, spanning 4 kilometers. It offers a moderate hike that allows you to explore the park’s unique natural and historical features. While on this trail, you can expect to discover interesting aspects of the park, which might include geological formations, historical landmarks, or other notable points of interest.
These trails offer a range of hiking preferences, from shorter and easier walks to longer, more moderate hikes. Visitors to the park can choose a trail based on their fitness level and the amount of time they have available, all while enjoying the park’s natural beauty and history.
Trails: There are no dedicated bike trails.
Visitors to the park can embark on day trips or more challenging multi-day canoe adventures by either launching their own canoe or renting one from the Park Office. Sandbar Lake offers a serene setting for paddling enthusiasts. Whether you’re looking for a day trip or planning a longer expedition, there are options to suit your preferences.
For more details about these canoe routes, it’s a good idea to get in touch with the park’s friendly staff. They can provide you with valuable information to enhance your canoeing experience. Please keep in mind that these routes are not regularly maintained, so it’s essential to be prepared and well-informed before setting out on your journey.
The sandy shoreline and gentle slope into the water make this spot an excellent choice for families seeking a pleasant swimming experience. Situated within the day-use area, the designated swimming zone is clearly marked with buoys for everyone’s safety. It’s essential to bear in mind that there are no lifeguards on duty at the beaches, so caution is advised. Additionally, please be aware that pets are not allowed in this area.
The lakes in and around the park are home to an abundance of fish, including Northern Pike, walleye, and Smallmouth Bass. Visitors will be pleased to know that there is a convenient fish-cleaning station available near the boat launch area. This station is equipped with well-lit facilities, running water, and cutting tables, making it easy for anglers to clean and prepare their catch for a delicious meal.
Maps & Resources
For a park overview map of Sandbar, visit the official website.
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