Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
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Me, my wife and my child went to sand banks beach for a day, to spend our 5’th year wedding anniversary. As soon as i was at the booth to buy a permit the booth in-charge was not there (may be he went to the bathroom or lunch). so I wanted to go to the next booth. I couldn’t back up due to another car behind me, so I moved forward let them pass me and went 150 meters and made a turn on the intersection towards the exit rout and tried going out of the park so I can go to a different booth.
I got pulled over by a park warden and was asked why I had made a U turn. I told him because they have a board that “All personnel beyond that point needs a valid permit” and I don’t have one. He said I should have ignored the board and should have gone straight and should have found a parking lot to make a turn.
So he said he was going to give me a ticket for U-Turn, but when I pointed out that there is no board that says U-Turn is prohibited, he called a couple of more wardens and discussed with them for 1/2 an hour and wrote a 85$ ticket for “turn not in safety 142(1). There was no vehicle that was interrupted because of my turn and there was no collision. I hired a lawyer from Toronto to fight the ticket because i don’t want to pay higher insurance for the next 3 years. Lawyer costs me a 1000$ plus HST. I don’t trust any lawyer from around there as I heard a lot of them from that area not showing up for the case after taking your money.
I also discussed with campers from the park and they said they were constantly harassed by these park wardens. The beach itself was good but the wardens are assholes.
Family friendly campsite in woodlands. large enough to accommodate 2 large tents and 1 shelter over the picnic table, 5 bicycles and park 2 vehicles.This is our second year back to sandbanks. We just love the beaches, and so does our German Shepherd. We enjoyed cycling to the various beaches. Town is close by to run in for amenities and food, as well as rainy day trips. Camp cafe has ice cream and serves some fries, burgers, hotdogs, pizza, salads.
I’d rate this park 5/10, but thats me.
It’s not really suitable for trailers, small sites. Roads in Cedar section were full of huge potholes. We had a lot of very loud people at all sites around us, but things did settle by 11pm. I did not like worrying about poison ivy found on our site and throughout the park. I did not care for the Outlet or Sandbank beach. Not a big fan of swimming in the Great Lakes, however the Dunes Beach was nice but you had to climb the huge dune to get in and out of the lake. We didnt see much along the line of wildlife at this park, not too many birds or critters. The park store was ok, but the nature centre was disappointing. I would not return, but it was nice to see and stay for just 3 nights.
There isnt a flat spot on this site, and its certainly not set up for a trailer. The oneway loop doesnt work for a trailer. I had to turn around against the oneway, then back in. Its really tight for a trailer driving the loop, as well as on the site. The site is close to the water tap. there is some isolation from your neighbours.
We just returned from three days at Sandbanks, lot 690. This lot was a tree covered corner lot. The ground was completely covered in leaves. It was reasonably private from the back, but completely open on the three sides. If you are looking for privacy then don’t book this site. Traffic on the road wasn’t heavy, and the site is very close to the bathroom and showers. There is also a water tap right on the site itself. Overall we really liked the site. It has electricity. We’d book it again for sure.
Pretty good site. Water would run away from your tent/trailer, as pull thru area is elevated. You don’t see much of your neighbours, although they are close. Short walk to the beach and comfort station. Site has electricity, and some poison ivy. Check out our video on youtube…search Sandbanks Provincial Park – Campsite 165
this was our first time at Sandbanks. the site had good privacy and a good amount of shade, however it was extremely buggy due to the collection of old leaves on the ground. at night it was almost unbearable even with the fire, bug spray, etc. will definitely be booking a sand site the next time!
We were lucky to book a campsite last minute. The site we ended up with was perfect for our family. The site is big but split onto two levels. The top portion can fit 3 shelters but it would be snug. The bottom portion could fit one tent and cars. We used the top portion with two shelters and it was very spacious. We could see right into our neighbours site but we were far from them so it was still private. The top portion was also very far from the road so we didn’t need to worry about little ones. The outhouse was across the street which was convenient with the kids. We could smell it at times but it wasn’t overly bothersome. There was a path through the back of the site right to the comfort station and beach. I wish we could have stayed for a week!!
site holds full tent and kitchen tent with full electric. very near a full shower setup and 4 to 5 mins walk to the beach.! recommend this site especially if you need power
The site was pretty small with a slope which was the only place the tent could lay flat. We were on the other side of one of the main roads heading into camp so the road noise was loud in the evening. The ‘June bugs’ were insane!! Kids didn’t want to come out of the tent for a while. Word of advice – have the brightest light farther away to keep the bugs there. The ‘washroom’ was across the street and in my opinion not usable. It was ‘cleaned’ twice a day but they would spend about 1 minute per washroom. Not my idea of clean! We always walked to the comfort stations which had lights and running water. The beach was beautiful, clear and mostly clean. Kids loved it. Water was pretty warm but cool enough to be refreshing.