My summer never feels realized until I’ve crawled into the middle of a freshwater lake. This year, my family headed up to Canada to spend time on the shores of Lake Ontario. This is our second year going up to Sandbanks Provincial Park which has white sand, clear blue water, and uncrowded beaches.

Outdoor swimming at Canadian provincial Park sandbanks.

A view of Sandbanks from the access road leading to the beach.

This video is from a swim I did on East Lake, which feeds into Lake Ontario and is about 7 feet deep (with patches of creepy crawly vegetation) for its 2.5 miles across.

My hardy boat crew consisted of Vincent  and Valerie, a retired doctor and nurse couple who owned the cottage we were staying in and live next door. They insisted on accompanying me on my swims out in the lake to keep other boats away for me (though I never saw any other boats), and partly as a break from watching their incredible Italian Opera DVD collection.

The intrepid Vincent and Valerie accompanying me on one of the lake swims (with near 9 inch swells!).

The intrepid Vincent and Valerie accompanying me on one of the lake swims (with near 9 inch swells!).

As you can tell from the video, it was not a bright sunny day. In fact, the temperatures were pretty fall-like while we were up there. With brisk temperatures and a cooler than usual lake temperatures, I often needed a long hot shower and a couple rounds with the electric kettle to get warm again.

This last photo is of my daughter and I relaxing in the shallows at Sandbanks Park.  You can walk out probably 100 yards and you’d still be up to your waist, which is great  for kids but makes for a very anti-climactic run from the beach into the water .

My daughter and I sitting in the shallows at Sandbanks.

My daughter and I sitting in the shallows at Sandbanks.

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