Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: August 2021
Long Point Provincial Park is located on Lake Erie on the longest freshwater sand spit in the world. It is reputed to be great for birdwatching and there are more than 300 different species of song birds and waterfowl that migrate through Long Point every spring and fall. Long Point also boasts of having a nice sandy beach for swimming.
Ontario’s green spaces have been busier than usual as a result of the pandemic. In an effort to limit the crowds, Ontario Parks launched a pilot program at 17 provincial parks that requires day-use visitors to reserve a permit in advance. Long Point is one of the parks that participated in this pilot. As such, we were required to reserve our spot in advance. Since we planned to visit on a Monday, we had no issues with permit availability.
We arrived at Long Point shortly after 11a.m and checked in at the Park Office. While we haven’t had much luck with badges at the parks along Lake Erie, lucky for us, Long Point still had a few in stock.
Despite being overcast, we then hit the beach to go swimming. Long Point has 11 beach areas situated over 2km of sandy shoreline. We drove to the third beach area. After getting changed, we walked through the sand dunes to the shore. The water was slightly wavy and a bit chilly, but going for a swim was a great way to end the trip.
We headed out just after lunch. Along the drive back home, we stopped at the Big Creek National Wildlife Area to check out the wetlands near Long Point. At the entrance to the wildlife area there’s a viewing platform that provides sweeping views over the marsh.
The Big Creek National Wildlife Area protects wetlands and shoreline habitats that are important to wildlife populations. It is part of a network of over 55 national wildlife areas across Canada and was established to protect migratory birds, especially at-risk species and their habitats.
We followed the trail that loops around the area. The path is wide and flat and contains a number of interpretive signs that highlight the types of species that live here, the importance of wetland habitats along the shores of the Great Lakes and the history of Big Creek National Wildlife Area.
Overall it took us just under an hour to complete the loop. It was then time for us to head back home.
My progress on the Ontario Parks Challenge can be found here