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Working with the Park to make it an even better place to visit
July 1st, 2023   
Welcome to the Friends of Sandbanks Park Information Update!

Through these regular emails, we inform our readers of upcoming events at the Park, including updates to our website. At this writing, some events/dates/times have not been finalized. Please stay tuned for more information!

And check our Facebook page for any late-breaking news, recent photographs and video clips!

Outlet River Panorama
Image 23-02822; Outlet Beach at the Outlet River, panoramic view; Photo: John A. Brebner.
Upcoming Events:
  • Friends of Sandbanks Discovery Store is open for the 2023 season!

    You can find us at the West Lake Park Entrance opposite the Dunes Beach Parking Lot at the four-way stop.

    Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m every day!

    Check out our popular T-shirts and Hoodies and much more!

    All profits from the shop are directed back into Sandbanks Park to help "Make it an Even Better Place to Visit!"

  • Beach Cleanup, July 10th, 2023

    Monday, July 10th, 2023 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Pet Area of Lakeshore Beach (map below)

    All volunteers will receive a Complimentary Vehicle Day Pass as a thank-you to enjoy the rest of the day at our favourite Park!

    Please pre-register before July 8th so that we can let Sandbanks Park know of your participation.

    I want to volunteer to help clean Lakeshore Beach!

    On Monday, please proceed first to the West Lake Park Entrance and tell them that you are here for the cleanup. They will issue your complimentary pass, and direct you to the Lakeshore Beach Pet Area.

    If you get lost, you can reach us by cellphone at 613-854-6220!

  • SandFest 2023

       • New! Sand Sculpting Tutorial, July 11th by master sand builder Rod Watson

    Tuesday, July 11th, 2023 from 10:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m at the mouth of the Outlet River (map below).

    This event is free, (donations are welcome!), and Rod will be showing off his skills as he makes the first of two sculptures for this year's event!

       • SandFest 2023 Sculpting Event, July 12th

    Wednesday July 12th, 2023 from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m at the mouth of the Outlet River

    SandFest 2023! Come with your family or team and join in the fun at this long-running event (over 20 years!) at Sandbanks Provincial Park.

    Admission: $20.00 per family, cash, credit cards will be accepted.

    First Prize... the coveted Sandfest Trophy - "The Sandy" for the best sculpture. Come early, judging of your finished art will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m.

    Here are last year's event images...

    And a quick reminder...don't miss our pop-up shop with selected Friends of Sandbanks Discovery Store merchandise at this July 12th event!

    And here's another reminder to join or rejoin the Friends of Sandbanks with a 2023 Membership - Members receive a 10% discount on all store merchandise!

  • Membership for 2023 is now due!

    Online payment via credit card, bank transfer or PayPal is available. Only $15.00 per family/year makes such a difference in what we can do for our Park!

    Details for online Membership Payment or Donations...

    If you joined after September of 2022, your membership has been extended through the 2023 season!

  • What have we been doing since last year?

    In 2022, along with our volunteers and Sandbanks Park, we began a five year program to reduce buckthorn growth on West Point.

    We had a Buckthorn Blitz last fall, where we made a great start on removing this invasive species! Have a look at our album of images...

    Sandbanks staff and volunteers are well into planting and restoration work!

      • 1800 young tree seedlings and 15 larger sugar maple trees have been planted throughout the park. (Many donated by the Friends of Sandbanks!)

      • Friends of Sandbanks donated 114 mayapple seedlings which have been planted at West Point

      • Marram grass has been transplanted into the closed campsites on Outlet B Campground to help stabilize the Outlet River shoreline.

      • Thousands of Garlic Mustard plants have been removed from sensitive areas throughout the park

    The young tree seedlings and larger sugar maples have been carefully planted by Prince Edward Collegiate Institute students, Friends of Sandbanks volunteers and Sandbanks staff. Planting locations included the 'Butternut Field' off County Road 12 and throughout campgrounds that experienced mature tree loss due to harsh winter storms and the invasive emerald ash borer.

  • Interested in becoming a Friends of Sandbanks Volunteer?

    Sign-up for our Volunteer Mailer about upcoming events where you can make a difference! No experience necessary! Help us for a couple of hours, or a day, or more. Drop us an email with a brief description of your interests.

    Helping hands are always welcome!

Events Map 2023
Image 23-03561a; 2023 Map of Events, Click for larger version

What's New!
The Friends of Sandbanks do not make reservations for camspites!

Please use the Park Reservation site for all campsite bookings.

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