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Sylvan and Point Trails hikes

We visited Murphy’s Point Provincial Park couple of weeks ago (late September) to take advantage of... read more

Reviewed October 12, 2018
Justine28
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Yellowknife, Canada
A Turn-of-the-century Mica Mine

Silver Queen Mine is a former mica mine in Perth. Mining at the mine started in 1903 when Rinaldo... read more

Reviewed October 10, 2018
burr6013
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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed October 12, 2018

We visited Murphy’s Point Provincial Park couple of weeks ago (late September) to take advantage of its hiking trails. We didn’t stay/ camp at the park; we paid the entrance fee of approx. $14 for 2 of us at park’s office where we were given a map. They were actually getting ready to close for the season, so not sure if the trails are accessible in the winter.
Due to limited time, we only hiked two of their trails and they were both very pleasant, with rather easy and even paths through the forest. Would be good for any fitness level and age. Point Trail is approx. 4.8km loop (advertised as 5.5km, but we didn’t get that on our gps), while Sylvan Trail is shorter, approx. 2.8 km loop. There is a shortcut that links those two trails. We also saw the local Black Ratsnake just on the park road, which we were able to identify thanks to the park’s newsletter that the ranger gave us. There's parking available at each trailhead. All in all, had a good time enjoying nature here.

Thank Justine28
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Reviewed October 10, 2018

Silver Queen Mine is a former mica mine in Perth. Mining at the mine started in 1903 when Rinaldo McConnell discovered veins of mica (also known as “icing glass”) and apatite (phosphate) in a rocky ridge. Among many other uses, mica was used at the time in windows, lanterns, safety glasses, fire screens, and electrical equipment. Ground mica was also used in paints, wallpaper, fertilizer, and as a lubricant. Mica is still used today in the automotive, aerospace, and cosmetic industries. Silver Queen Mine is over 40 metres deep. Miners bashed, chipped and chiseled the mica from the rock. They also drilled and blasted. Mica was then roughly trimmed and sorted before being packed into barrels for processing in Ottawa. Barrels packed with mica weighted up to 325 pounds. Apatite was loaded by the ton directly into wagons. McConnell sold the mine in 1905 to the Dominion Improvement and Development Company. At its peak, Silver Queen Mine employed 30 men. The site (12-15 acres) included a bunkhouse/cookhouse, a cobbing shed, a small horse barn, a steam boiler, a boom hoist, ore buckets, a mining road, ore wagons, waste rock dumps, and several mine pits. Silver Queen Mine closed in 1920 when mining at the mine became no longer profitable. Guided tours of the former mine (about 90 minutes in length) start at the Lally Homestead within Murphys Point Provincial Park and are free with park admission. Murphys Point is located on the southernmost extension of the Canadian Shield on Big Rideau Lake. Visitors walk a trail to a rebuilt miner’s bunkhouse before descending 20 metres into the mine via a gated entrance. Note that there are handrails to secure yourself while walking down the slippery rocks. Helmets are provided by the tour guide for one’s safety. Silver Queen mine is a partially open, pit mine. One of the most spectacular and most photographed scenes inside the mine is the open pit. Picture a wall of rock flush with moss, ferns, and flowers thriving in the cooler, underground climate. Glistening pieces of fist-sized mica and emerald-green apatite jut out from the mine’s rock face. Because the mine floods from the spring runoff, visitors can see massive sheets of ice in the mine well into August. Queens University inspects the mine every year before it reopens for another season of tours. Tours of the mine run from the end of June to Labour Day and fall weekends through until Thanksgiving.

Thank burr6013
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Reviewed October 9, 2018

We stayed at the park in September 2018. Beautiful weather and park. Alot of the RV sites are not easy to get into. We had no trouble, although our site was slanted. There were a couple of rigs that got stuck and needed help. The biking and hiking trails were great and comfort station was clean. We saw some wildlife, snakes, porcupines, foxes and deer. They have a great walk-in beach that is lovely and quiet.

Thank Kamie D
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Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

Our family has recently had a visitor from Poland for a two week visit. Among the numerous other activities we’ve planned for her, my eldest daughter insisted we bring her camping on one weekend. One of the closer campgrounds worth the drive from Ottawa is Murphy’s Point.
Normally an easy drive, my husband messed up and missed the split between highway 417 and the 7, thus adding a longer, more scenic component to our drive.
A quick set up at our site revealed close proximity to toilet facilities. (Not the shower facilities, but the outhouses were surprisingly clean and did have sinks for wash up.). A visit to the beach revealed clean water and our guest was happily surprised by the variety of wildlife she encountered while we were there: a pair of young deer, geese, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks and mallards were spotted during our short stay.
Our guest was also surprised by the friendly locals who frequent the beach on day passes. She appreciated the good natured conversation struck up by one such local. Unfortunately, a smattering of rain prevented us from exploring the silver mine, but rest assured our guest is bringing back to Poland positive memories and will recommend Murphy’s Point as a positive example of what Canada has to offer. Worth bringing guests.

Thank 275cynthiab
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Reviewed September 1, 2018

Went to Murphy's Point for the first time and had a blast. The mine tour is an absolute must, as is canoeing the 6km loop around the point/park. Site 156 is super private and huge, would recommend. Did get poison ivy, so be wary, but that'll happen anywhere, do't let it deter you from this awesome park.

Thank thenaturenerd
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Reviewed August 9, 2018

We did a 3 night weekend here and had a fabulous time. The bathrooms and showers were clean. The beach and playground was just a short walk from our campsite. The first night some people were talking really loud and so we called the office to complain and they took care of it right away.
The lake water was extremely clean. You could see your arms and legs as you swam and they had a big basket of beach toys that our LO could play with. We had no problems with caterpillars or ticks at all. A racoon ate a bunch of muffins the first night when we went into the tent to put the baby to sleep. He was quick! :)

Thank Hanieh A
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Reviewed August 7, 2018

Murphy's Point is one of the premier provincial parks in the province.
Great campsites and RV parking. Great beach with good clean water.
Very popular site with Eastern Ontario people, many are return campers.
Well run park at reasonable rates and special events.
I would go again anytime. Daycamping available.

1  Thank Robert H
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Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful sites, unfortunately we had to stay in for most of the weekend as the caterpillars were literally falling like rain drops, they were everywhere. Of course this in not a problem that can be solved but it certainly made for a short visit.

Thank Mendurs
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Reviewed May 15, 2018

Beautiful hiking trails (medium difficulty) with several gorgeous lake views and interesting rock formations. There's an interesting Mica Mine as well.

2  Thank Katharina M
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Reviewed March 6, 2018

Murphy's Point Provincial Park Hogg's Bay Perth Ontario is a perfect distance for a discover Ontario Canada 150 daytrek. Pathways to explore with the pets and a nice beachy view for a picnic.

Loving retirement.

1  Thank chickandbeast
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