Frontenac Islands


Big Sandy Bay

2016 Season

Big Sandy Bay will open for the 2016 season on the weekend of May 21, 2016.

To view a copy of the Big Sandy Bay Management Plan, please click here.

A swath of dune grass along Big Sandy BayVisit a place so special that you won’t want to share it with anyone else! The extraordinary beauty and natural diversity of this ecological jewel in the southwest corner of Wolfe Island provides a wonderful escape. Many visitors come to recharge and refresh with the uncluttered expanse of bay and sky. Big Sandy Bay is rich with natural treasures such as rare plant species and migratory birds.

Beginning in a meadow and hedgerow habitat at the trailhead, you will traverse three other distinct eco-systems as you proceed along the 1.3 kilometre Button Bush Trail:

  • wetlands feature beaver lodges, turtles, frogs, dogwood, ferns and many species of birds;
  • Woodlands with sugar maple, American Beech and red oak play host to deer, muskrat, raccoon, mink, fox, snapping turtle and nests of the rose-breasted grosbeak and the redheaded woodpecker;
  • dunes and the sandy beach shoreline provide a special coastal ecology.

Big Sandy Bay is managed to preserve the ecological integrity of this sensitive area and its fragile dunes. As a result, facilities are limited. Please note the following and plan accordingly:

  • No motorized vehicles permitted within the management area;
  • Bicycles are not permitted on trail or beach (bike rack available in the parking area);
  • Baby strollers welcome;
  • Bring water and food as there is no canteen;
  • Wear a hat for there is little shade on the beach;
  • Washroom facilities limited;
  • Dogs on a leash welcome (poop and scoop policy in effect);
  • Limited parking available;
  • "Carry in, carry out."
  • Cash or Personal Cheques ONLY

By-Law No. 3-2004