Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: June 2021
Located along the northern shore of Lake Erie, James N. Allan Provincial Park is reputed to be a good spot for swimming, boating, and bird-watching. It features two swimming areas, one that spans a kilometre along a pebble beach and the other, smaller beach with fine sand. The park commemorates the life of James Noble Allan who was born in Haldimand County where the park is located and was a prominent Ontario politician.
There is currently a heat warning in Toronto and the temperature is expected to reach 30°C today. We figured the only way we would brave the outdoors is by visiting the beach. We planned to take a day trip to Lake Erie and stop at a few provincial parks. We spent the morning hiking at Rock Point Provincial Park and decided to stop at James N. Allan for lunch and possibly a swim.
We arrived at the park shortly before 12:30p.m. The park entrance is located off of Myrnam Beach Road. We followed the gravel road and turned right at the junction to park in the lot that provides access to the larger beach area. There’s a short path from the parking lot to the beach. We grabbed our cooler and towels and went to check it out.
The shore is undeveloped and consists of large pebbles and stones. There are plenty of trees along the shore providing some good shade coverage.
We found a nice flat spot in the shade, rolled out our towels and unpacked our lunch.
We had changed into our bathing suits earlier at Rock Point Provincial Park. But it was a little chilly sitting in the shade. I did dip my toes in the water, which felt refreshing, but that’s as far as I got.
After spending about an hour at the beach, we packed it up and headed to the smaller beach area located a bit further down the road. Along the way we passed by a large area of wetlands.
The second beach area is sandy and the water is calm. It’s much shallower here and ideal for families with small children. I’d much prefer to swim in the waves though. We didn’t stay too long as there was a long line of cars trickling into the park all looking for parking. It was time to move onto our next (and final) stop at Selkirk Provincial Park.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here