Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: August 2021
Wheatley Provincial Park is known as Ontario’s “deep south” park. It is located along the shores of Lake Erie and has the same latitude as Northern California. It is situated in the Carolinian forest and is located on a major migratory bird route. Wheatley provides excellent opportunities for birdwatching and canoeing and features two short trails through the forest and along the water.
After spending the day exploring a few other parks along the drive to Wheatley, we arrived at the park at 6:30p.m. We checked in and collected the permit for our campsite. Unfortunately they were all sold out of park badges and stickers. The disappointment begins.
We reserved a site in the Boosey Creek Campground which was in the radio-free zone. But that was about it in terms of plusses. Our site was right beside another site with no trees in between. In reality, this should have just been one site instead of two smaller sites next together. Our neighbours were at least quiet and had a trailer, which helped provide some privacy between our sites.
We set up our tent and made dinner. We then walked down to the water. Much of the shoreline around the park has been eroded. There used to be road along the water, but it has since been closed off as parts of it have washed away. The sun was starting to set, so we didn’t stay long as we didn’t want to walk back in the dark.
We woke up the next morning feeling a bit grumpy and tired after being kept up late (and then woken up early) from some loud campers nearby. But hey, at least the sun was shining. So we decided to go for a walk. We headed back to where we went last night to watch the sunset. There are a couple of trail options here. There’s the old road and a wide path along the edge of the water which looked very well-maintained.
We first walked along part of the old road. There was even a sign to say that the road and area was closed. Now that we had full daylight we could clearly see the visible signs of erosion along the shore.
We followed the path along the shore and admired the views of Lake Erie.
There’s a nice sandy beach down at the point which looked like a great spot for swimming. You’d just have to hike there (and back) with your towels and beach stuff.
From there we turned around and walked back the way we came. We made a short detour to check out a footbridge that leads to what looked like a trailer park. We then walked back through the forest until we found the old road again. Along the way we spotted some wildlife.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here