Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: June 2021
Selkirk Provincial Park is located along the northern shore of Lake Erie and is surrounded by wetlands and forests. It offers just over 100 campsites across four campgrounds, a large picnic area, a pebble beach along the lake and a single hiking trail through the hardwood forest and marsh.
It’s been hot and humid here in Toronto over the past few days. So for Sunday funday we decided to hit the water and visit a few provincial parks along Lake Erie. Earlier in the day we stopped at Rock Point and James N. Allan Provincial Parks. Selkirk was our final stop on our day-trip. We pulled into the park later in the afternoon and were surprised to find that it wasn’t busy, especially since both Rock Point and James N. Allan were packed.
We first went to hike along Wheeler’s Walk Trail (1.5km, rated easy). According to the map there was no marked parking at the trailhead. Instead we parked at the “parking lot” to the left of Campground 2, which really was just an open field of grass, and walked about a couple hundred metres along the road to reach the trailhead.
The trail consists of two connected loops, the East Loop and West Loop. We followed the numbered posts from #1 to #12 through the forest. It soon became abundantly clear why there weren’t many visitors at this park or any other hikers along the trail. It’s probably because the mosquitoes ate them all.
Once we reached the bridge that crosses Spring Creek and connects the two loops, we had a momentary relief from our stalkers. We took a break here to catch our breath and enjoy the views of this marshy area. As an added bonus we could see the fish spawning in the shallow water.
From the bridge we followed the West Loop back into the forest and through the mosquitoes’ lair. We quickened our pace all the while wondering that if we fell, would the mosquitoes eat us alive before our bodies reached the ground?
The trail loops back to the bridge. From here it’s a short stretch along the remainder of the East Loop to get back to the trailhead and out of the forest. We were in the clear.
We then drove down to the day-use area. There’s not much of a beach area and the shoreline looked rocky, but it sure was nice being by the water. This looked like a lovely spot for a picnic as there were plenty of picnic tables and shaded areas overlooking the lake.
And with that it was time to drive back to Toronto.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here