Road tripping to Ontario

I’ve been lucky this summer and had so many chances to adventure, go on road trips and especially to swim. We just finished our last trip of the summer last, last weekend to Sandbanks Provincial park with a few friends and it was bittersweet. Earlier in the summer I went with just Zara for our first time there. I’ve mentioned it before as I’ve share a few film photos from the trip already. It was basically a totally random plan to hit the beach while driving up to visit our friend Sarah in Peterborough. I don’t think either me or Zara knew that on this windy and kind of shitty day we end up falling in love with this beach.

road tripping ontario (1) road tripping ontario (2) road tripping ontario (3) road tripping ontario (4) road tripping ontario (5)The easiest way to get to Prince Edward County where Sandbanks is from Montreal is by taking Highway 33 to catch the ferry. It’s not an island but it kind of is? I’m still confused on that but the ferry was really cute and reminded me of when I lived on Vancouver Island (except the ferry there is 200% the size of this one).

road tripping ontario (6) road tripping ontario (9)road tripping ontario (8) road tripping ontario (11)One of the ferry workers was talking to Zara and convinced use to check out this alternative beach called Wellington Beach instead of going Sandbanks….it sucked. We almost stopped here because we didn’t really know if the other beach was going to be any better and we didn’t anticipate the wind. We couldn’t even talk or open our mouths here without getting a face full of sand.

road tripping ontario (12) road tripping ontario (13)Also the water near Wellington had this blue lagoon streak that ran the whole way through that area. My photos don’t do it justice, it looks like a slice of the Bahamas in the middle of Ontario.

road tripping ontario (14) road tripping ontario (15) road tripping ontario (16)What a welcoming sight, sand dunes! We arrived at Sandbanks and couldn’t even contain our excitment. I couldn’t wait to kick of my shoes and enjoy the feeling of real sand.

road tripping ontario (26) road tripping ontario (20) road tripping ontario (21) road tripping ontario (22)road tripping ontario (17)It was pretty gloomy when we arrived but both Zara and I just knew we had to swim. The water was surprising warm for the bad weather (about a million times warmer then when we went in September). The beach was actually busy so it wasn’t just us that wanted to jump into the waves.

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Before getting in I  sat on the beach as the waves rolled over me and watched the locals jump into waves while Zara collected momentos from the beach.

road tripping ontario (29)road tripping ontario (30)road tripping ontario (33)road tripping ontario (28)road tripping ontario (32)After swimming photos, as it got a bit nicer and brighter. We probably jumped waves for almost 2 hours together, it was amazing but towards the end I was just so beat from working agaisnt the strong current. It was incredible and both of us agreed it felt like the ocean and reminded us of one of our favourite beaches, Long Beach on Vancouver Island. I also got out earlier so I could take some photos of Zara jumping the waves to try and capture what it was like.

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Watching the waves roll in and out on the beach was very relaxing. Too bad it was too windy on the beach to really enjoy being outta the water.

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A few moments of sun before heading back into reality. These last four photos are probably my favourite’s outta the bunch, such a great way to spend the afternoon.

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I’ve  shared the 2nd day of this trip as well of us in Peterborough when we hung out with our friend Sarah and some instant photography of Sandbanks Beach, here!

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