By: Jim Bamboulis
Hey all and thanks for stopping by. Our Road Trips from Toronto series continues this time around with a place that I’ve seen on a map but never managed to go to. Until recently. It’s that part of the map of Southern Ontario that sticks way out into Lake Erie. In fact, it sticks out 40 km’s. That part of the map with a fitting name. Long Point.
Within Long Point sits Long Point Provincial Park which was established in 1921. Located about 2 hours southwest of Toronto, the park isn’t so much a hidden gem as it is more of a well known summer wonderland for all sorts of nature lovers. Residents in this part of Ontario and visitors from Western New York and even Pennsylvania know Long Point all too well. It’s a retreat, a time for peace and relaxation with some fun in the water (click the video below)
Long Point is located within a World Biosphere Reserve. You can fish, canoe, bike, boat and of course swim. There’s nearly 2km of beach available for you to enjoy but keep in mind that there are no lifeguards on the beach and they say Lake Erie can have a pretty mean undertow so safety is key.
If you’re a bird lover, Long Point is one of the most important spots for bird watching and bird studying in Canada. So important that the Long Point Bird Observatory is the oldest bird observatory in North America. Hundreds of thousands of migrating birds pass through here in the Fall and Spring. There are also more than 300 migratory bird species that visit.
All of these activities add up to a pretty good day and if you’re lucky, a pretty enjoyable week.
It’s costs $14.50 to enter Long Point Provincial Park. You get access to all the amenities and it’s obviously convenient for those staying a while. Park your cars where you’re allowed to do so and keep in mind that if you’re walking along the beach and reach the Park boundary, there are a few park rules that are posted.
Naturally, after a long day at the beach, you need ice cream. The Long Point Ice Cream shack has you covered. Located at probably the best location possible, this place has nearly 2 dozen flavours to make you happy. By the way, the ice cream is damn creamy and delicious. And who doesn’t love having ice cream with a beach view, right?
There you have it! Long Point Provincial Park. Another beautiful location along Lake Erie in picturesque Norfolk County.
Thanks all and as always, happy travels!