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Long Point Provincial Park Located on a 40km long sand spit along the shores of Lake Erie, Long Point is a United Nations Biosphere Reserve. The area is world renown for its birding and nature observation but many visitors are attracted by the parks exceptional beaches, which extend over 2000m along the Erie shoreline. The area has a temperate climate making it an ideal destination for spring and fall, as well as the summer months.

Location The park is located on the shores of Lake Erie in southwestern Ontario, southeast of London. From the 401, between Kitchener and London take the 19 south to Tillsonburgh . Follow the the 3 east and pick up the 59 south, which will take you to the neck of the peninsula and the park entrance.

Camping The park has over 250 serviced and unserviced sites on, or a short distance from, the beach. In the event that the park's campground is full, you can try the nearby Deer Creek or Bachus Conservation Areas. (See our resource section).

 
 

Total Number of Sites: 256
Serviced Sites:
78
Swimming:
Yes
Flush Toilets:
WC
Showers:
WC
Laundromat:
Yes
Boat Launch:
Yes
Phone Reservations:
Yes
On-Line Reservations:
Yes

 
 
 

Adventure The park has excellent shorelines for exploring with a sea kayak. While not as ideal for a canoe, you can certainly take advantage of these waters as long as the wind isn't up. This is a huge body of water so make a point of staying close to shore and keeping an eye on the weather. Do not venture near the point which has dangerous currents. The nearest paddling river is the Grand (mostly a float in the lower section) which can be reached within a hours drive.

Backpackers and hikers can do some beach hiking or visit the conservation and wildlife areas nearby, which have some good trails to explore. A little further afield Niagara, Hamilton and Halton Conservation Authorities provide access to the world famous Bruce Trail which stretches 800km from Niagara to the Bruce Peninsula. You can select a day hike or take advantage of the campgrounds on route and extend your trip. The trail can be accessed within a few hours driving time from the park.

 
 

The Lynn Valley Rail Trail provides an 8km trail for cyclists, cross country skiers and hikers. The trail runs between Port Dover and Simcoe and is only a short distance from the park by car. Scuba is becoming increasingly popular in the area which has in excess of 200 ship wreck sites. Long Point stretches well into the middle of Lake Erie providing a significant obstacle for navigation. The long arm of the peninsula, the shoals, the shifting sandbars along with the strong currents and wicked Great Lakes storms all contributed to the large number of sinkings.

Nature Nature lovers are in their element here. The area has a wide assortment of amphibians and reptiles. The temperate climate (due largely to the parks southern latitude) allows plants and animals to thrive which aren't seen anywhere else in Canada. An excellent example of this is North America's only marsupial, the Virginia Opossum, which if you're lucky you might just catch a glimpse of on your visit.

The park is one of the first landfalls on the northern shore of Lake Erie and as such is one of the best birding areas in the country during Spring and Fall migration. Over 350 species have been identified on the peninsula. A large percentage of the observed varieties nest on the point during the summer. For more information and a change to watch bird banding in progress, stop in at the Visitors Centre of the Long Point Bird Observatory. Ask the park for a copy of the birding checklist to get a better idea of what to expect to find in the area.

For information on Conservation Areas and Provincial Parks in the area have a look at our resource listings and make a point to consult wish the staff at the park.

 
Resources

Long Point is just a few hours by car from Toronto. Pearson, Toronto's International Airport has connections to all the world's major cities. The city of London (Ontario, that is), just to the northwest of the park also has an international airport. From the U.S. the nearest border crossings in the east (New York State) are in the Buffalo/Niagara area. To the west (Michigan), border crossings can be found at Port Huron/Sarnia and Windsor/Detroit. There are a number of marinas in the nearby towns along the shores of Lake Erie. American visitors traveling by boat must clear customs.

Tourism - Ontario

Out-There's Ontario
Out-There's Toronto

Southern Ontario Tourism Association
Ontario Tourism

Tourism - Regional

Norfolk Tourism
Norfolk County

Towns - Nearby

Delphi
Port Burwell
Port Rowan (Chamber of Commerce)
Simcoe
Tillsonburg
Turkey Point
Waterford

Cities - Nearby

Brantford
London

Accommodations - Nearby

Arbor Lane Bed & Breakfast - St. Williams
Brant Hill Inn - Port Dover
Comfort Inn - Simcoe

Weather

Long Point

Marinas

Bluebill Marina - (519) 586-3050, Port Rowen, Ontario
Helmsman Marina - (519) 586-7051, Port Rowan, Ontario

Maps

Road Map of the Area - From the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario

Road Maps of Southern Ontario - From the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario


Scuba

Lake Erie Marine Services- Dive Charters and Marine Services
Long Point Ship Wrecks

Attractions - Nearby

Greens at Renton - Golf
Lynn Valley Trail - 8km rail trail for hikers, bikers and cross country skiers
Norfolk Country Fair
Port Dover Lighthouse Festival Theatre
Woodside Greens Golf Park - Simcoe, Ontario

Links - Other useful and interesting links

Bird Studies Canada
Great Lakes Information Network
Ontario Field Ornithologists

Parks - Nearby

Port Burwell Provincial Park
Turkey Point Provincial Park

Conservation Areas - Nearby

Bachus Heritage Conservation Area - 165 campsites - Long Point Conservation Authority
Deer Creek Conservation Area
- 40 campsites - Long Point Conservation Authority

Wildlife Areas - Nearby

Long Point National Wildlife Area - (519) 681-6396
Big Creek National Wildlife Area - (519) 681-6396

For additional information including reservations (where available) visit the official site:
Long Point Provincial Park - From Parks Ontario


Long Point Provincial Park
PO Box 99
Port Rowan, Ontario
N0E 1M0 Canada
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