James N. Allan Provincial Park

Length of stay1 day
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

41 thoughts on “James N. Allan Provincial Park

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Usually I’d much rather prefer a sandy beach to one with pebbles, but this one had plenty of shade coverage, which I’m always a fan of. It was a nice way to stay cool, enjoy our lunch, and just watch the waves. Take care.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      It’s always a real treat to spend time by the water and enjoy the fresh air. I find the waves so mesmerizing and can easily spend a few hours watching them. Thanks for reading and leaving a comment.

  1. Ab says:

    The heat has been oppressive but you found a great and scenic way to relax and cool down.

    The beach and trails look great and I love the yummy spread you prepared and enjoyed! 🙂

    And another weekend is just around the corner!

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      The weather this summer has been all over the place. It seems to be either hot and humid or cool, with not much in between. Oh, and there’s been no shortage of rain! We definitely enjoyed our lunch at this park. We were planning on going for a swim afterwards, but I chickened out. Happy Fri-Yay!! Have a great weekend.

      • Ab says:

        The rain this summer has been unusually plentiful for sure – and not rainy day tomorrow! Enjoy your weekend. The week just flew by. 🙂

      • WanderingCanadians says:

        Yup, at least today and Sunday are supposed to be hot and sunny! So looks like Saturday will be the perfect day to just lounge around the house and get caught up on housework. Take care.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Thanks for your kind words and for commenting. In retrospect we should have gone for that swim before lunch. After spending an hour snacking in the cool shade, neither of us was brave enough to go for a swim. Next time.

  2. ourcrossings says:

    Such a beautiful place for a picnic, Linda! What’s Breton Original? Are they crackers? We are still battling a heatwave in Sligo and the temperatures don’t want to drop below +20′ during the night! We are glad to live close to the beach and have been going for a swim every day 🙂 Aiva xx

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      It was definitely a great spot for a picnic. We were in the shade and had fabulous views of the lake. Breton is a type of cracker. I forgot to buy nachos to eat with the pico de gallo that I made, but the crackers were a good substitute. It was hot and humid here all last week, but thankfully it’s started to cool down. It must be nice to live so close to the beach as it’s generally a bit cooler by the water and going for a swim is always a great way to cool down. Have a wonderful weekend.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      We usually just scarf down our lunch in the car, so it was nice to have a picnic, sit in the shade along the pebble beach and admire the waves. Thanks for reading and commenting.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      You bet. We’re lucky that we have so many great options for nice beaches and swimming here in Ontario. It’s always a real treat to be by the water in the summer as it’s a great way to stay cool. Plus the views are beautiful.

  3. Book Club Mom says:

    I’m always amazed at how much the Great Lakes look like oceans. And although I know better, they look so salty! Thanks for sharing your trip story. I looked it up on a map and it’s not really too far from where I was up in Geneva NY (well, about 3 hours, but it seems close looking at the map!) Glad you had a nice snack while you were there 🙂

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      Same, especially when it’s wavy. It’s incredible to think how massive these lakes are. I guess they don’t call them the Great Lakes for nothing! It was definitely nice to sit by the shore, watch the waves and eat our lunch. I just looked up Geneva NY on a map, and you’re right, it’s not too far from Lake Erie (or Lake Ontario).

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      This was definitely a great spot for a picnic. I’m a huge snacker, so it seemed fitting to pack a lunch that consisted of a variety of snacks. And agreed, one of the best ways to stay cool is by being in and around the water. Have a wonderful weekend.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      It’s the perfect combination! We don’t go for picnics as often as we should. It was nice to just slow down, relax, and enjoy our surroundings, especially when we had such great views of the lake. I could watch the waves all day. Thanks for reading and commenting. Take care.

    • WanderingCanadians says:

      I was more than happy to just dip my toes in the water. It’s funny because when I was kid I would have no issues swimming in the cold lake. That’s is obviously no longer the case now!

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