The Hidden Beauty of Presqu’ile Provincial Park

Presqu’ile beach or Sandbanks? Most families living in the Eastern GTA have never even heard of Presqu’ile Provincial Park, much less considered it a better option for them. For that reason alone, you should head south from Brighton off Highway 401 (just past the Big Apple) and explore this hidden gem.

Here are seven more reasons to choose Presqu’ile for your next beach getaway:

No Crowds

Fewer people means more room to spread out. It also makes it easier to book one of the 394 campsites available.

Way closer

The drive is at least an hour shorter from the GTA.

Softer Sand

The white sand is very fine with an unusual amount of carbonate giving it a softer feel.

Warmer Water

The summertime average is a pleasant 20C.

Better Swimming

The long, wide beach offers a shallow area perfect for young families.

More Hiking Trails

The park offers 16 kilometres of hiking/biking trails that highlight the peninsula’s ecosystems — ranging from beaches to grassland to forests to marshes. One of these paths winds through sugar maples and leads to the park’s famous 170-year-old lighthouse, Ontario’s second oldest.

Excellent Birding

As a major flyway for migrating birds, Presqu’ile is a mecca for birdwatchers. A long boardwalk crosses wetlands where marsh birds live and fish spawn.

For beaches to call your own, come to the land of 1000 perfect getaways – Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland. After one visit, we’re sure that “Our Favourite Place” will become your favourite place.