About the Area

The Old Dairy Barn at Sandbanks is located at 176 Salmon Point Road, a well-known roadway rich in history that runs along the south shore of Little Sandy Bay, host to Sandbanks Provincial Park and a few lucky cottages. The ground level rental units at The Old Dairy Barn at Sandbanks are located in what was, in fact, the Barn's original milking station while the upper level unit was once the Barn's hayloft.

The back of the property faces toward Little Sandy Bay, which opens into Lake Ontario and it's just a short walk on a path through the woods behind The Old Dairy Barn to Outlet Beach, now part of Sandbanks Provincial Park. The lake and beach can be seen through the trees from autumn to spring, until the leaves fill out.

Outlet Beach at Sandbanks is made up of fine blonde sand that stretches gradually into Lake Ontario. Two or three sandbars can be found when walking into the lake. When the wind picks up, these sandbars can turn rippling water on a placid lake into roaring seaside-like wild waves. While magnificent to watch and fun to play in, special caution is advised when swimming at these times.

The Barn is surrounded by well known local attractions. Quinte's Isle Campground, another very popular campground in the area, is located just down the road to the southwest. For several decades, the Salmon Point lighthouse, located at the point at the end of the road, warned ships away from the shoals that extend well into Lake Ontario. Today, the lighthouse is private property and can no longer be accessed by the public. But there are many other sights and attractions to see in the area. Please refer to the "Attractions" tab on this website for more information.

The closest large town is Picton, about 15 km away, although in-season there is an excellent general store called The Outerbanks near the park entrance, about 4.5 kilometers away, that also serves up coffee, excellent sandwiches, ice cream cones and fresh baking. For the best ice cream in The County, go to Slickers in Bloomfield, which also has a terrific collection of shops for browsing.

Driving Directions

From London/Toronto and other points west
Exit off the 401 eastbound at Exit #522, Wooler Road (Trenton) which is the first exit after passing the Trenton EnRoute Service Centre (east of the Big Apple). At the end of the exit ramp, turn right and follow Wooler Road until it ends at Highway 33. Merge to the right onto Highway 33 (The Loyalist Parkway).

Once on Highway 33 there are two options for continuing to The Old Dairy Barn at Sandbanks. One is a about 10 minutes shorter (via County Road 1), but the other takes you through the town of Wellington which has a grocery store, LCBO, etc. should you wish to stock up on supplies on your way through. Directions for both options are provided below.

Option 1 (slightly shorter route):
Follow Hwy 33 to County Road 1 (also known as Schoharie Road) which is just past Mill Street, Consecon. There is a left hand turning lane onto County Road 1 at the top of a hill (there's a restaurant on the far left corner). Take County Road 1 to the second stop sign (about 18km). At the second stop sign, turn right and follow Highway 62 into Bloomfield. In Bloomfield, you'll pass a Mac's Milk store on the right hand side. Just past the Mac's store, merge to the right onto County Road 12. Hwy 62 ends and merges onto Hyw 33 which continues to the left at this point. There is also a sign to the park and an arrow pointing towards West Lake at the turn. The road goes down a small hill and alongside the wall of a large old canning factory. Continue on this road to West Lake. Watch for a well marked resort called Isaiah Tubbs on the right hand side. A couple kms past Isaiah Tubbs, turn left at a white church onto County Road 18 (there's a blue Sandbanks Park sign there too). Follow this road to a 4 way stop (which marks the entrance to the park) but go straight through the stop sign past a little hamlet called Outlet. Once in the residential area, turn right at Cowan Road/Salmon Point Road. At the top of the hill, keep right and continue onto Salmon Point Road. The Old Dairy Barn at Sandbanks is at number 176 on the right about 1 km up the road.

Option 2 (shopping route):
Follow Hwy 33 all the way through Wellington (where you can load up on supplies), then through to Bloomfield. In Bloomfield, Hwy 33 joins with Hwy 62 at a stop sign by the Mac's Milk store. Turn right at the stop sign. Just after the turn, merge to the right onto County Road 12. Hwy 33 continues to the left at this point. There is also a sign to the park and an arrow pointing towards West Lake at the turn. The road goes down a hill and along the long wall of an old canning factory. Continue on this road to West Lake. Watch for a well marked resort called Isaiah Tubbs on the right hand side. A couple kms up the road past Isaiah Tubbs, turn left at a white church onto County Road 18 (there's a blue Sandbanks Park sign there too). Follow this road to a 4 way stop (which marks the entrance to the park) but go straight through the stop sign past a little hamlet called Outlet. Once in the residential area, turn right at Cowan Road/Salmon Point Road. At the top of the hill, keep right and continue onto Salmon Point Road. The Old Dairy Barn at Sandbanks is at number 176 on the right about 1 km up the road.

From Montreal/Ottawa and other points east
From the 401 westbound, take exit #566 onto Highway 49 South for Marysville/Picton. Go south on Highway 49 toward Picton. Once in Picton, there will be a stop sign (a short block past a gas station on the right) at which the cars to your left (coming up a big hill) have the right of way. When it's clear to turn, keep to the right along Main Street. Follow Main Street through town (past shops, banks and grocery stores) to the second set of lights, where you will see an LCBO on the corner. Get in the left hand turn lane here and turn onto County Road 10. Follow this road through Cherry Valley (through the 2 way stop in Cherry Valley at which point the road becomes County Road 18), past East Lake a number of campgrounds/cottages on the lake. Watch for the green finger sign for Salmon Point Road near where the speed limit sign says "60 km/hr Ahead". Turn left onto Salmon Point Road and head up the gentle hill. The Old Dairy Barn at Sandbanks is at number 176 on the right about 1 km up the road.