Escape To The County, An Affordable Getaway In A Sandbanks Cottage


Prince Edward County (PEC) is one of the hottest Spring and Summer destinations for those that call Toronto and Ottawa home. What is not to love? There are wineries, craft breweries, cideries, antique stores, approx 800 km of shoreline, plenty of local artists and shops to explore and the largest baymouth barrier dune formation in the world. Sandbanks Provincial Park is reason enough in my opinion to visit The County. With three expansive sandy beaches to enjoy and plenty of trails to explore Sandbanks is a must visit for anyone coming to The County. One of the best and most affordable ways to enjoy the park and The County is by renting a Sandbanks Cottage for a weekend or a week. Your own slice of cottage life and it’s under three hours from Toronto.

View of Jacques Family Cottage at Sandbanks Provincial Park

Growing up my family spent a lot of time camping in provincial park campgrounds. I have so many amazing memories of those times so I feel so very grown up having booked a Sandbanks cottage for my weekend escape to The County. No setting up the tent or levelling the trailer for this weekend warrior.

There are a few ways to drive into Sandbanks Provincial Park but the way you want to go to if you are renting a Sandbanks Cottage is through the Main Permit Office entrance. Just look for the big Ontario Parks sign.

Map to Sandbanks Cottage Prince Edward County

Sandbanks Provincial Park

Once I collected my park permit, keys and given directions to the cottage I’m all set. There are two renovated cottages available for rent at Sandbanks Provincial Park and I’m in the Jacques Family Cottage. A very short drive from the permit office. The cottage comes fully equipped with linens, towels, kitchen supplies, a fireplace and even satellite TV. All I need to bring is my toiletries, clothes and of course any food I plan on cooking (including spices, condiments, etc..).

Arriving at Jacques Cottage

The Jacques cottage is the last of four cottages on the lane and is very private. At no time during my stay did I see anyone or could they look into the cottage without walking onto the property.

Are you ready for a tour? Check it out. This Sandbanks cottage sleeps six with four in the upstairs loft and a possible two sharing the pullout sofa on the main floor.

How awesome is this place? I’m in love with it especially at the price it rents for. Shoulder season is just under $800 for the week and during the high summer season that increases to $1400 a week. Extremely reasonable don’t you think?

A perk, in my opinion, is that the cottage is on the very edge of cell phone reception and has no WiFi to connect to. Just what I need to escape from, being connected 24/7. All I need for this getaway is a good book, a roaring fire and a glass filled with Prince Edward County wine.

How’s that for a first night in the cottage? For my first morning, nothing beats enjoying my coffee outside while Lake Ontario laps at the shore.

Enjoying a morning cup of coffee at Sandbanks Provincial Park

Not one to be stuck inside, especially on a gorgeous sunny day I head to the dunes for some trail walking and beachcombing. In the springtime, it is fairly common to have it all to yourself. Come summer season it gets a bit busier.

Enjoying a walk on Dunes Beach at Sandbanks Provincial Park

There is so much to do in The County. After my walk on the beach, I had lots of choices available to me. What would you do? To see some of my previous adventures in The County just check here. It is very probable that I revisited many of these places during this visit. Coffee at The Bean Counter in Picton, beer from Barley Days, and lunch at The Agrarian in Bloomfield.

I love The County and can’t wait to come back. Hopefully, the Jacques Cottage will still be available for me to rent.

Check out all the details about renting a campsite or cottage at Sandbanks Provincial Park here.

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Thanks to Ontario Parks for hosting me at Sandbanks Provincial Park. My views and opinions are 100% my own

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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