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Wolfe Island near Kingston is a hidden gem with a secluded beach

Wolfe Island near Kingston in Ontario is a hidden gem within the St. Lawrence River, boasting lush forests, woodland trails, wildlife, and a stunning secret sandy beach with crystal-clear waters.

As the largest of the Thousand Islands, Wolfe Island is one of the most popular to visit within the archipelago of 1,864 islands.

It is accessible via a short ferry ride from Kingston.

The island is also home to a population of nearly 1500 residents. However, that number nearly triples in the summer, as many people have seasonal vacation homes or cottages there.

Despite its small size, Wolfe Island boasts a vibrant local culture steeped in history. Dating back to 1675, it was initially used as a fur trading post before playing a role in the War of 1812. 

Today, visitors can learn more about its past at the Wolfe Island Old House Museum, or visit its charming communities such as Marysville and Dawson Point with heritage buildings reminiscent of its history.

Big Sandy Bay Beach is the island's biggest draw in the summer. The secluded beach is accessible from a 1.3 km forested hike. The quiet shoreline has rolling sand dunes and sparkling blue water, and you'll feel like you have your own slice of paradise right here in Ontario.

Big Sandy Bay Beach is now open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and requires a $15 park entrance fee. It is also dog-friendly, as long as your furry friends are leashed.

To get to Wolfe Island, catch the free ferry from May through September from Kingston Dock to Dawson Point. The ride is around 20 minutes long, available to cars and pedestrians.

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