As much as we long to hop on a plane and speed off to a tropical island, it isn't always a possibility. If you've been craving a bit of the Caribbean, then look no further than our own province. You can find a little piece of the tropics on this dreamy island. Ontario's Big Sandy Bay has a hidden sandy beach that will give you exotic vibes.

Leave your passport behind, because you don't need to cross any borders to enjoy this sunny getaway.

Located on Wolfe Island, Big Sandy Bay is just a boat ride away from Kingston, and it has a secret swimming paradise. 

You can take a 1.3-kilometre trail through woodlands to the shining secluded bay. Along the way, you'll find rare birds and plants. 

The hidden beach is the perfect place to relax for a peaceful getaway. The quiet sandy shoreline and sparkling blue waters will make you feel as though you've travelled to the tropics.

The bay is open from May through September, although factors, including water levels, may affect these hours.

It's a good idea to check the website to ensure the area is open before heading out.

Since the beach is located on an island, you'll have to hop on the Wolfe Island Ferry from Kingston to get there. The ferry is free and you can take your car on it as well.

Once you arrive on the island, you can either cycle or drive to Big Sandy Bay. There is an entrance fee of $8 + per adult, and only cash is accepted.

In the fall, you can enjoy a massive corn maze on the island for the perfect autumn day trip.

If you're looking for more tropical-esque spots around the province, add some of these exotic spots to your bucket list.

Grab your sunhats and spend the day on this dreamy secluded beach for the perfect warm-weather adventure.

Big Sandy Bay

Price: $8 + per adult

When: May - September

Address: Big Sandy Bay, Frontenac Islands, ON

Why You Need To Go: Take a ferry to Wolfe Island, where you'll find this picturesque secluded bay.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.


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