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Frenchman's Bay West Park (Pickering)

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I found Frenchman's Bay West Park by chance, at the end of a cliff trail off Petticoat Creek Conservation Area. Walking along the waterfront (at one point it seems you are in people's backyards but it's a public trail), I reached West Shore Boulevard and Beachpoint Promenade and came across the park's secluded beach. The sand was fantastic. The waves were great. Not many people seemed to have found this gem. Despite the fact that it was a gorgeous Saturday, there was still plenty of free parking spaces in a parking lot off Beachpoint Promenade (on the north side), just before the park's lovely beach, and along the dirt road between the bay and the lake, you'll see what I mean once you're on the premises. (UPDATE June 2017: that part of the road is currently closed due to the flood.) This is your classic beach for good old-fashion fun. Bring plenty of beach toys and a picnic.

If you're with older kids and want to add a bit of action to your day trip, park at Petticoat Creek (you'll have to pay a small admission fee to the park) and take the path going eastbound. Read the information section of this blog for details and to see pictures.

Frenchman's Bay Park is one of the TOP-3 day trips to the beach I normally suggest!

Western entrance to the beach
Loved the sand on this beach!
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