Sandbanks Provincial Park along the shores of Lake Ontario is an amazing place, not just because of its natural sand dunes, beautiful forests and endless shorelines, but also because it is home to the Schneider/Dinsdale family!
We decided to take a detour off our Highway 2 voyage along Lake Ontario towards Quebec and head to Sandbanks for a few hours. Those few hours turned into an overnight visit after meeting some new friends! When we pulled onto a dead end road leading to a private beach area we were approached by Cynthia and her son Henry. They appreciated the graffiti and signatures on the van and wanted to say hello. It was not 5 minutes before Cynthia offered up her driveway for us to park in for the night and her "facilities" to use. We of course took her up on the offer and parked our old van amongst the many cedar trees surrounding their home. Not an hour later were we sitting on their dock overlooking Lake Ontario with coffees, baked goods, and great conversations! We went for a walk around the park with the family dog, had a bonfire, made some S'mores for dessert ( a Canadian bonfire classic made of graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate ) and cracked some beers to finish off the evening. In the morning we woke to fresh blueberry muffins, endless conversations about the meaning of life and fun art experiments. We could have stayed all week! By the time we pulled out of the driveway that morning, after a few goodbye hugs, we felt like they were family. It's amazing how the world can bring people together and how lucky we are to have had such a wonderful experience. Thanks so much guys, we'll be back!