The Boardwalk
 
 

Presqu'ile Provincial Park is located on a sandy peninsula which reaches out into Lake Ontario just to the west of Prince Edward County. Renown for it's birding, the park sees hundreds of species resting and re-fueling during the fall and spring migrations. While nature observation is still a rewarding pastime during the summer months, it's the park's excellent beaches and camping which are the main attraction. The park has a store, an interpretation and nature centre, as well as a gift and bookstore (in the interpretation centre at the lighthouse).

Location From Highway 401 just to the west of Trenton, follow the 30 south to Brighton. In Brighton pick up the 2 west for a very short distance and watch for the sign on your left which will direct you south to the park.

Camping There are over 390 campsites spread over eight campgrounds in the park. Most of the camping is adjacent to the beach with the sites located on the western side of the peninsula. Reservations are recommended particularly during high season. The park also has group camping. Check with the park to find out the details.

 
  Total Number of Sites: 394
Serviced Sites: 24, Wheelchair
Swimming: Yes
Flush Toilets: WC
Showers: WC
Laundromat: No
Boat Launch: Yes
Phone Reservations: Yes On-Line Reservations: Yes
Rentals: Bicycles
 
 

Adventure The park has miles of shorelines for sea kayak exploration. You'll can also find lots more shoreline to explore along the western edge of neighboring Prince Edward County. While the open waters are not as good for a canoe, you can certainly take advantage of these waters as long as the wind isn't up. Lake Ontario 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 may have dangerous currents.

Backpackers and hikers can do some beach hiking or take advantage of one of the parks six trails. The trails vary in length from the very short Lighthouse Footpath, at 300m, to the Pioneer Trails 3.8km loop. Hiking the wheel chair accessible Marsh Boardwalk is a great way to do some wildlife observation, particularly early in the morning or late in the evening (make sure you leave yourself time to return before the light fades at dusk).

   
 

The park has a bicycle trail which connects to the park roads allowing you to completely explore the peninsula on bicycles. Bicycles are not permitted on any of the other trails in the park. Mountain bikers should think of visiting Macauley Mountain, just outside Picton in Prince Edward County. The Conservation Area can be reached by car in less than an hour and has some great trails.

In the winter you can break out your snowshoes to do some exploring or you can have a go at the parks 16km of groomed cross-country ski trails. Sandbanks Provincial Park and Macauley Mountain Conservation Area also have trails for cross country skiing.

Nature The park is bursting with avian migrants during the spring and fall. Over 325 species have been identified and nearly one third that number may nest on the peninsula.The park is also a staging area for the Monarch butterflies as they migrate to and from Mexico. Keep your eyes open for the flash of the parks white tails which can often be seen bounding through the tall reeds and brush.

 
Resources

Presqu'ile

Presqu'ile Provincial Park is about a two hour drive west of Toronto. Toronto's Pearson International Airport has airline connections to all of the world's major cities. To the east the City of Kingston is about an hours drive from the park. The closest boarder crossing from the U.S. is the Thousand Islands Bridge just east of Kingston. Buffalo/Niagara is the closest border crossing west of the park. If you enter Canadian waters by boat from the U.S. you must report to customs.

Tourism - Ontario

Out-There's Ontario
Out-There's Prince Edward County
Out-There's Toronto
Out-There's Central Ontario North
Ontario Tourism

Tourism - Regional

Apple Route Country
Bay of Quinte Country
Quinte West/Trenton Region
Northumberland

Towns and Villages

Brighton - The nearest town
Cobourg

Cities

Belleville - The largest center in the region.
Trenton - Nearest major centre

Accommodations

Brighton Inn - Brighton
Cederdale Campground and Cottages - Carrying Place, Prince Edward County
Clarion Inn and Suites - Belleville
Holiday Inn - Trenton

Restaurants & Bars

Capers - Belleville
The Crowsnest Pub - (613) 475-6211, Brighton
The Golden Valley Restaurant - Trenton
Little Texas Bar & Grill - Belleville
Mandarin Gardens Restaurant - (613) 475-0411, Brighton

Attractions and Events

Batawa Ski Hill - North of Trenton
Belleville Waterfront and Ethnic Festival
Downtown Belleville
Presqu'ile Waterfowl Weekend
Prince Edward Birding Festival
Trent-Severn Waterway - Trenton - Port Severn (connects Georgian Bay/Lake Huron to Lake Ontario)

Sites of Interest

Brighton and District Chamber of Commerce
Friends of Presquille
Out-There's Prince Edward County
Prince Edward County Wineries

Maps

Road Map - From the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario - PDF - 695 K

Prince Edward County and Surroundings

Weather

Presqu'ile Provincial Park

Parks

Ferris
North Beach
Out-There's Sandbanks

Conservation Areas

Lower Trent Conservation Authority
Prince Edward County Counservation Authority - Oversees 16 conservation areas

Reserves and Wildlife Areas

Beaver Meadow Wildlife Management Area - Prince Edward County
Point Petre Provincial Wildlife Area - Prince Edward County
Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area - Bird Banding at Prince Edward Point

 

Official Site: Presqu'ile Provincial Park - From Parks Ontario
Ontario Tourism

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Presqu'ile Provincial Park
R.R.#4
Brighton, Ontario
K0K 1H0 Canada
613-475-4324

 

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