The Beach, the Lake, Sand Dunes and a Storm

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On our way back from Toronto, we decided to visit the Sandbanks Provincial Park,South of Belleville. We had done some research and it looked great: three big sandy beaches bordering Lake Ontario, the world’s largest bay mouth barrier dune formation and plenty of walking trails.

We booked a hotel in Belleville, a forty-minute drive from the Park, and headed there early afternoon with our swimsuits, towels and a restless baby.

Like the day we visited the Georgian Bay, it was hot and cloudy. And it quickly changed to “hot and stormy” by the time we arrived at the beach.

I’m not a lake person; for me, a beach has to be along the seaside. But I must say I was impressed by the stretch of sand and the clear water at Sandbanks beach. It didn’t feel like I was dipping my toes in a lake at all—and no Nessie in sight!

Mark went straight into the water. My son, the paradox: he screams in the bathtub but happily crawls into the water until he is actually under water. Go figure.

Half an hour later, I noticed the beach was emptying. Everyone was packing and presumably going back to the parking lot. “Meh”, I said. “It’s not raining yet and even if it does, who cares? We are wearing swimsuits!”

Then I realized the water had receded quite a bit. And that the seagulls were flying away from the beach.

“Eh Feng!”, I joked. “Doesn’t it remind you of these movies where a tsunami or an earthquake is about to happen and where all the characters ignore the obvious warning signs?”

Two seconds later, Feng pointed out that the air was so static that my hair—and Mark’s—stuck straight up. We were literally charged with electricity.

“Maybe we should…”

Before I had the time to say “go”, it started pouring. We ran back to the car and took shelter there for a good half an hour.

Would the rain stop? Should we stay or should we go? We voting for staying. There wasn’t much to do in Belleville on Labour Day, and the perspective of keeping an overactive dragon in the hotel room was enough to convince me to stick around.

We had made the right decision. We drove to Dunes Beach and discovered a sandy bay encircled by huge dunes dominating the scenery. By the time we got there the rain had mostly stopped. The clouds were gorgeous and the little stretch of sand, right at the edge of the woods, was deserted. I could see the dunes right beside us and spotted a paved path.

“Look, we can probably get closer to the dunes, even with the stroller!”

We got to the bottom of the dunes. And then… well, let me just say that carrying a ten-kilo baby and a stroller on top of sand dune definitely counts as exercising! It was beautiful though. The three of us, perched on the dune, overlooking the quiet lake—it was a really cool experience.

Belleville was worth a stop too. We explored the town at night and while it as very quiet because of Labour Day, people were extremely friendly and outgoing. Ontario rules!

You can see the complete Ontario Travels set on Flickr.

I Know, I have Weird Tan Lines

I Know, I have Weird Tan Lines

That Baby is White!

That Baby is White!

In Lake Ontario

In Lake Ontario

In Lake Ontario

In Lake Ontario

In Lake Ontario

In Lake Ontario

The Beach

The Beach

Green Trees

Green Trees

Stormy Sky

Stormy Sky

Stormy Sky

Stormy Sky

Empty Beach

Empty Beach

Mark in Water

Mark in Water

Getting Stormy...

Getting Stormy…

Very Static!

Very Static!

When Mark Realizes that Drinking Lake Water is Not a Good Idea

When Mark Realizes that Drinking Lake Water is Not a Good Idea

Sheltered in the Car

Sheltered in the Car

After the Storm

After the Storm

Quiet Beach

Quiet Beach

Going Through the Storm

Going Through the Storm

Stormy Sky

Stormy Sky

Little Path to the Dunes

Little Path to the Dunes

Sand and Shadow

Sand and Shadow

Our Feet

Our Feet

Sun Behind the Clouds

Sun Behind the Clouds

The Beach

The Beach

Wild Flowers

Wild Flowers

Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes

Feet in the Sand

Feet in the Sand

Mark and Feng

Mark and Feng

Feet in Water

Feet in Water

Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes

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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.

9 Comments

  1. I never knew there were such big sand dunes along Lake Ontario! And the water is surprisingly clear, considering it’s the end of summer and it was a stormy day.

    I especially enjoyed the pictures of Mark in the water – he really is in his element.

    What I really miss from Canada are the picnics, campfires and bbqs by the lakes or in parks. It’s just not the same here.

    • I had never heard of that place before this year. It’s not that famous I guess!

      Mark is weird with water. He doesn’t mind the beach but is terrified of the shower!

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