Sandy Lake First Nation is an Oji-Cree band government located in the Kenora District of Ontario. The community is named after the nearby body of water, Sandy Lake, which is connected to the long Severn River. Sandy Lake First Nation is home to just over three thousand residents and is packed with gorgeous scenery. If you're looking to visit a community rich in history and natural beauty, consider booking a flight to Sandy Lake. Use Skyscanner's flight search tool to find all the cheapest flights to Sandy Lake Airport (ZSJ). You can also search and book Sandy Lake flights and hotels on the go with the free Skyscanner Mobile App.
Best Time to Book a Flight to Sandy Lake First Nation
Throughout most of the year, Sandy Lake is a cold place to visit. Expect below-freezing temperatures to begin in September or October and end in April or May. At its coldest, temperatures can dip as low as -26° C. Precipitation is fairly consistent throughout the year, with ice and snow in the long winter months and rain in the summer. From July to August, temperatures average around 12° C but sometimes rise into the low-twenties. If you want warm weather for your vacation, this is your best window to fly to Sandy Lake.
Airlines that Fly to Sandy Lake Airport
There are currently two airlines operating scheduled flights out of Sandy Lake Airport. The first, Perimeter Airlines, is Manitoba's largest airline. Perimeter flies to and from four airports:
- Pikangikum Airport (YPM)
- Sachigo Lake Airport (ZPB)
- Sioux Lookout Airport (YXL)
- Winnipeg Airport (YWG)
Wasaya Airways also offers scheduled flights but Winnipeg Airport is the only destination option. If you're flying in from Western Canada, your layover is likely to be at YWG. Eastern Canadians will likely have a stopover at Sioux Lookout Airport instead.
Arriving at Sandy Lake Airport
Once you arrive at Sandy Lake Airport, you will be approximately one and a half kilometres from the community. There are no taxi services or car rental service counters at the airport or anywhere within the community, so transportation will need to be arranged ahead of time. These arrangements are usually made through friends and family but can also be made at the time of booking a room for your stay.
Sandy Lake is a dry community so be prepared for your luggage to be thoroughly inspected for contraband like alcohol and drugs. There are also additional checkpoints coming into the community where cars will be searched by security personnel. These checks can significantly increase your transit time to the community.
Sandy Lake Airport Facilities
Sandy Lake Airport is a small, one-terminal airport which is mainly used as a cargo hub to bring food and supplies into the remote community. As such, the airport is equipped with nothing but the basics. Make plans to head straight into Sandy Lake upon arrival to check in with the Chief and Council, then stop by the Northern Store to collect any supplies you might need for your trip.
What to See and Do in Sandy Lake First Nation
Depending on when you visit Sandy Lake, you may be able to partake in one of the many festivals and gatherings which occur throughout the year. Community involvement is a very important part of everyday life here. Ask for a guided tour of the area to learn about Sandy Lake history and to see the unspoiled nature and incredible wildlife. The community is also home to many recreation centres, like an arena, baseball and soccer fields, and a golf course. You'll often find community members playing sports outside in the summer months or watching hockey games in the arena during the winter.