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VISITOR INFORMATION - Sandy Cove

 

The Beach

 

Elliston has many attractions to offer the visitor; however, one of its best natural features is its beautiful sandy beach. This beach boasts a freshwater brook, a refreshment stand, and nearby camping facilities at the municipal park. Over the years, there has been some debate about the correct way to refer to this location.

 

Some call it Sandy Beach while others refer to it as Sandy Cove. Although the descriptive name of Sandy Beach does fit, the reference of Sandy Cove is much older going back to 1846. In any case this is a very popular location for residents and visitors alike.

 

Below are a few pictures and a poem entitled Sandy Cove by Aubrey Pearce is located at the end of this section.

 

Here are some photos of Sandy Cove beach. Click to enlarge.

 

 

 

Sandy Cove Poem

Sandy Cove in Elliston Bright
    In Summer is a lovely sight
When western winds blow from the land
    People play there on the sand
Men and women, and children too
    Spend many hours out in the blue
They love with feelings of delight
    To battle within its waters bright.

The waves that roll in from the sea
    Fall on the sand so gently
That little children love to play
    Within its waters all the day
And parents watch their antics there
    While lying on the sand so fair
They love to lie there in the sun
    After their swimming hours are done.

Built by nature and not by man
    A wall of stone keeps back the sand
The sand so gentle to the feet
    To walk on it is quite a treat
The sea there isn't very deep
    The sand don't hurt the tenderest feet
A swimmer's joy in summer time
    The very best place one could find.

The brook that wanders to the sea
    Pass through beautiful scenery
With flowering shrubs of every heu
    And trees so tall obstruct the view
People come from near and far
    Pedestrians and by motor car
To stay awhile and enjoy the fun
    With others playing in the sun.

There's many a trail between the trees
    Where lovers wander and the breeze
Which blows so soft, perfume the air
    With scent of balsam everywhere
People once tried to take the stone
    Which nature placed there on her own
This would have been a big disgrace
    To ruin such a lovely place.

There are lots of trout that one can hook
    Within the waters of the brook
And berries grow profusely there
    The dewberry, and the squash so rare
The raspberry and blueberry too
    Are sweetened by the morning dew
Nature put forth a lavish hand
    To build a background for the sand.

When Summer with her breezes mild
    Blow o'er the land, both man and child
Love to return to this dear spot
    Which none have in the years forgot
What say this place we now rename
    For it’s become a place of fame?
I hope with me you'll all agree
    To christen it Happy Valley.

 

Aubrey Pearce (1894-1977) Maberly Resident

 

 

 

Municipal Park & Memorial Campground at Sandy Cove

Elliston Municipal Park has hosted many picnics, outings, camping activities, festivals and local special events. Over the years the park's infrastructure has been renovated to add a stage, related structures, fencing and upgraded camping lots to accommodate large RVs. Bookings can be made at the Elliston Town Hall 709 468-2649.

 

Both serviced and un-serviced lots are available.

 

The Gary Baker Memorial Campground was established in memory of Mr. Baker who was a long serving member of council and Mayor who died in 2011. It is wonderful place to pitch a tent and spend a night.

 

Below are a few photos from the May 25th, 2013 opening.

 

 

 

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