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“Nice little run around island”

Big Sandy Bay Conservation Area
Reviewed 8 June 2014 via mobile

Contrary to reviews,loved an island with nothing to do. The car ferry made up for it and undisturbed areas and slowly updated shops made it something different to explore. The sandy beach area was nice but since we came in the summer, was a little steep. Nearly $10 per person. And we just wanted to stroll around and not swim.

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Reviewed 14 May 2014

We always visit this place in the fall - when there is no charge to visit the beach. We love walking along the beach - taking in the scenery. The views are amazing plus in the fall there are no crowds. You can walk and walk for hours so it is a great place to get exercise. When you are waling along the beach, you would never guess you were so close to Kingston - You can't see the city from the beach.

3  Thank May S
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

It's true, you do have to walk 1.5 km to this secluded beach, but it is worth every step. We rode our bikes from Marysville along Highway 95, turned right on Reed's Bay Rd, and followed the signs until we reached the conservation area. As instructed, we left our bikes at the entrance to the path and walked to Big Sandy Bay. If you travel light, the walk is pleasant with enough shade to keep you cool.

At the trailhead, we turned left and walked for 10 or 15 minutes until we saw a lookout up in the dunes. We ate at this lookout and watched ducks and herons in the bay, and shooed away dragonflies. The water was cool in early September, but we waded in the water for 20 minutes or more and others went in for a dip. We left the beach reluctantly, and promised ourselves we'd come back again next year.

Tip: Bring food and water, but leave the heavy cooler at home.

2  Thank linda c
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

I come here every summer at least 2x... such a nice switch up compared to sandbanks and a lot closer! saves on gas and a much quieter nicer area to hang out at !

1  Thank Nikki B
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

First of all, where do they get off charging $9 per person? No discount for seniors or handicapped persons. The price is outrageous compared to provincial and state parks, and you get nothing for your money. Only 1 outhouse. No running water, no change rooms, snack shop, or life guard.

You have to walk at least 1.3 km each way from the parking lot to the beach itself. If you are unable to walk it, you can rent a wheelchair or wagon. That is a long way to push a wheel chair and just for ordinary persons to walk carrying a lawn chair, towel, backpack, etc. At most beaches I make multiple trips carrying stuff for my sickly family members. With this distance, it was impossible.

I don't get why they can't make a 1 way road to loop through the area and have a drop off point, or use their golf carts or something similar to drop people off, for that price!

8  Thank spykitten
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