Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: August 2021
Turkey Point Provincial Park is located along Lake Erie in Southern Ontario. It offers many recreational activities within the park and surrounding local community, but its main draw is its sandy beach and shallow swimming area.
We arrived at Turkey Point just after 7pm and checked in at the Park Office to collect our permit. We booked a site in the Fin and Feather Campground, which is in the radio free zone. Our site was pretty amazing, and best of all quiet. After setting up our tent, we made dinner and started a fire. It was nice to finally take a break and relax.
The next morning, we woke up to blue skies and sun. According to the weather forecast it was supposed to rain later in the afternoon, so we figured we might as well get up early. After making some coffee, we headed out to go on a couple of hikes in the park.
We first hiked along the Lookout Bluff Trail (2.2km loop, rated easy). There’s a small parking lot by the trailhead, which is located near the Park Office. The trail weaves through the forest along the edge of a bluff at the south end of the park and leads to a “lookout” (I use this term loosely as the view itself was very underwhelming) over Long Point Bay.
It was a bit tricky to navigate as there are biking trails that criss-cross along the main hiking path. But we continued to follow the red markers. The trail is also signed with ten numbered posts.
Afterwards we hiked along the Oak Savanna Trail (1 km loop, rated easy), which is located just east of the Whippoorwill Campground. The trail loops through an area of plantation and naturally forested areas that have had prescribed burns in an effort to return the area to a natural oak and pine forest.
The path is relatively flat and narrow. Thankfully this trail was easier to navigate and is signed with yellow markers on the trees.
Afterwards we drove to the beach area, which is located just outside the park in Turkey Point village. The park maintains a 2km stretch along the shoreline and there is one main parking lot as well as two other smaller ones.
We then drove back to our campsite to make breakfast and pack up. From here it’s about a 30 minute drive to Long Point Provincial Park, the final stop on our road trip around Lake Erie.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here