Did you know that the largest of Ontario’s Thousand Islands is home to a secluded beach and small village? Just a ferry ride away from Ontario’s Limestone city, is Wolfe Island, the first island of the world-renowned Thousand Islands, located just at the entrance of the St Lawrence River. Here’s what to know.

Head east for about three hours to the city of Kingston, Ontario. Take some time to enjoy the region before you embark on a 20-minute journey on a ferry to Wolfe Island.

At the Kingston Dock, you can board the Wolfe Islander III: Ferry by foot or car. You’ll get off at the Dawson Point Dock which is just a 5 minute drive away from Marysville, the island’s local community.

In the summer, a trip to Big Sandy Bay is a must. This is a secluded beach, away from busy crowds,

“The extraordinary beauty and natural diversity of this ecological jewel in the southwest corner of Wolfe Island provides a wonderful escape,” shares Visit Kingston.

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“Many visitors come to recharge and refresh with the uncluttered expanse of bay and sky. Visitors can commune with nature, watch birds and enjoy the beautiful secluded sand beach.”

To get to the natural sand beach, you must embark on a 1.3km long walking trail.

Make sure to bring all the necessities, including water, food and everything you need for the beach.

According to Frontenac Islands, there is a fee to visit the beach, starting at $10 for 18 and under, $15 for adults, and family for $60. This is the pricing for non-resident visitors.

But there’s so much more to do on the island besides spending the day at the beach.

Destination Ontario shares that Wolfe Island is a cyclists paradise as the entire island is covered by five main cycle routes.

“The Red Route, for example, is the longest at 58 km and meanders through rural farmland. The Yellow Route is shorter at 18 kilometres and follows the shore of Lake Ontario,” shares the County of Frontenac.

The recently added fifth route, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail Wolfe Island Route, spans 40KM and is part of the  of “The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail” which travels 3000 km through 140 communities along the Great Lakes.

Need to fuel up? The small village offers a handful of cafes, bakeries, restaurants and shops to enjoy. There are also hotels and bed and breakfasts if you decide to stay for a night or two.

Sounds like your next summer adventure awaits!