We celebrated the end of summer and our camping season with a four-day trip to Long Point Provincial Park. The entire Long Point area, which includes the provincial park, is designated as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve and is located on a long sandy spit jutting into Lake Erie - the most shallow and warmest of the Great Lakes.
This park provides an outdoor experience completely different from the more Northern destinations where Ontario campers usually set their tents and trailers.
The campsites are on sand. The roads are sand. Everything around you.... sand, trees and water. At night, with a bright moon, there is no need for flashlights and lanterns as the moonlight reflecting on the sand is the perfect lighting.
The lake can be as still as glass one day. But overnight it can turn into a beast with crashing waves and a serious undertow.
Home to turtles, toads and snakes the park is also a migratory destination for birds and butterflies. In fact, this is a rest stop for monarch butterflies as they make their way to Mexico for the winter.
A trip to The Causeway restaurant 10 minutes outside of the park gates was perfect for an excellent take-out fish and chip dinner of fresh Lake Erie perch and the best coleslaw I've had in ages.
Long Point is another one of Ontario's amazing provincial parks. It's a popular holiday destination, so campsites book quickly.
Take your time looking at the different sites before you make your booking. Some areas of the campground resemble trailer parking lots and offer no privacy. They are busy and noisy. With that being said, there are a lot of really great sites. We stayed in the Turtle Dunes area. It was quiet and nearly every site offered incredible privacy.
All of the campsites are within a five minute walk to the beach.
Outside of the park, there are a few ice cream stands, beach stores and The Causeway restaurant. Definitely check out The Causeway for ice cream or a meal - it has a section of the beach with a great view of Lake Erie reserved for customers only.
The small town of Port Rowan is about a 20 minute drive from the park and offers a grocery, hardware and liquor store, as well as restaurants and various other shops.
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