The sand dunes at Sandbanks Provincial Park have been an attraction since the early 1800s. The world’s largest bay-mouth dune barrier formation stretches 12km across Lake Ontario. The dunes, formed by glaciers 12,000 years ago, were once grazing land for the cattle of early settlers, and today make up three beaches, hiking trails and campsites. The dune barriers formed East Lake, part of the ward of Athol, and West Lake in the ward of Hallowell – both perfect to paddle, fish or swim in. En route to the park you’ll find the lakes dotted with cozy accommodations and farm-stands to pick up supplies for the BBQ or fire pit. On a sunny day it’s easy to mistake the white-sand, turquoise water beaches at Sandbanks Provincial Park for the Caribbean.