Road Trips from Toronto – Long Point Provincial Park

By: Jim Bamboulis

If you look at a map of Ontario and focus your attention on the north coast of Lake Erie, you’ll find a small piece of land that sticks out. In actuality, it’s not small at all. In fact, it sticks out 40 km’s. Look closer and that stretch of land has 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.

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.


There’s a small fee to get into Long Point Provincial Park and while inside, you get access to all the amenities, including comfort stations, flush toilets, picnic tables and BBQ’s.

There you have it! Long Point Provincial Park. Another beautiful location along Lake Erie in picturesque Norfolk County.

About me

IMG-20161106-WA0017.jpgHey y’all. I’m Jim. Cute pic, no? That kid went on to spend 16 years in the broadcast media world before starting up Travel Mammal, a site dedicated to travel, food and cultural experiences.

Travel Mammal isn’t about the selfie or checking things off a list. It’s about experiencing both the journey and the destination. To breathe, learn and really absorb what’s around you, in the moment and experiencing in a way that is both memorable and meaningful.

Happy travels, y’all.

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