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“Worth checking out just for the beach!”

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Long Point Provincial Campground
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 27, 2014

We have been visiting this provincial park for years and its definitely worth staying at!

PROS: fabulous beach -- although undertow is a MAJOR safety concern (people have drowned here EVERY single weekend we have camped here) use your common sense and DON'T go in the water when its ROUGH or POSTED! Kids playground is large & nice. Some roads are paved for bike riding. Boat dock for easy access to channel - also great for fishing with kids! They have lots of pull-thru sites for those with larger trailers.

CONS: lots of poison ivy, sandy sandy sandy - so be prepared to sweep and shower often! Park facilities in desperate need of updating. Sites are not all that private. Dangerous UNDERTOW at beach!

We much prefer "wooded' camping but come here for the great beach experience once every year or so!

Stayed: August 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

I only visited the beach but the camping was right there too. I love it. A very nice long stretch of sand. Clean too.
I visited over a Canadian school holiday so I was worried about the place being overrun with kids.....but no worries!

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank bleep1978
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Reviewed September 15, 2013

After reading lots of positive reviews and raves about the beaches, I visited Long Point Provincial Park on the second weekend of September, Friday afternoon-Sunday, for what I'm fairly certain was my final camping weekend of 2013 [imagine sad face]. When booking through the Ontario Parks website I was surprised to find most of the sites booked after Labour Day. I got one on the Monarch Campground, near the beach.

The beaches were just as beautiful as others had said. On Friday night we walked on the beach and star gazed. On Saturday morning I took in the stunning beach view while walking my dog. It was raining that day so it wasn't a beach day but in the afternoon we did our routine campground tour, which is a walk or drive around the park to find the BEST site(s) in case we come back, during which I photograph sites and/or and take notes with my phone and/or scrawl on a park map with a pen. Viewing online maps with photos helps but it's never as good as visiting, and reviews don't take into consideration our own personal preferences. What we discovered - and what reviews all over the internet have said - is that the Turtle Dunes ground is the best. This is likely why most of those sites were booked.

On Sunday we awoke to the PERFECT summer day. After packing up our site we drove to the dog beach and had the beach nearly to ourselves. The dog area, like the rest of the beach, is perfectly sandy with shallow water and sand banks. The views were spectacular. The water was fairly warm. My only critique is that the dog area is past the day use area, rather than in between the day use and the overnight, so would be a long walk to get there if you're camping, but convenient if you're coming for the day.

Some pros and potential cons for Long Point PP:

-Every site is near the beach and some sites overlook it. Those sites are considered "Premium" and cost a little bit more. Whether that's worth it or not is up to you.
-The beach is beautiful.
-The showers and bathrooms were good enough. You might want to bring 2-ply toilet paper instead of using their 1-ply (everyone has their own preferences when camping).
-Lots of water stations.
-The drive to the park was beautiful. Port Dover and Port Rowan had breathtaking views. Although we didn't do it, I'd recommend leaving the campground and checking out the nearby towns. The road into the park has a number of pedestrian entrances to the beach so you could drive to another part of the beach, but why would you?

-Some people might not like that the sand is everywhere. It will get in your tent, all over your body, all over your dog's body. The campgrounds are all sand. Even the cottages on the road that takes you there are built on sand.
-The park store is tiny and not well stocked, so come prepared. The nearest store is about 10 minutes away.
-The dog beach is far from the overnight area.

If I return to camp there it will only be based on the availability of a couple of sites, but I wouldn't hesitate to take a day trip. We made it back to Toronto in 2.5 hours. (Our drive there was about an hour longer, but our GPS took us through downtown Hamilton, and we stopped for lunch, while we took a faster route home.)

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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11  Thank Andrea T
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Reviewed September 10, 2013

This camp site is located on the sandy dunes of Lake Erie. The camp sites are sand pits with high dunes in between each camp site which provides plenty of wind protection and privacy. Note some of the sites have lover dunes or no dunes.
The first two nights we camped near the beach area and really liked our camp site. We wanted to stay another night however our site had already been booked and we noticed that the campers in a near by site were not scheduled to stay long so after some looking at other sites and driving back and forth to the gate house we finally got the site. Bad Move. It may have been a nice looking site but it stunk and the flies were plentiful. We ended up moving to another area of the camp ground and finally enjoyed our evening once we reset up our tent and stuff.
The Girl at the Gate house was very nice and extremely helpful to our cause. Bob the Camp host was funny and also very accommodating to our needs.
Note it is a little bit of a drive from the Gate house to the campground so make sure you have your supply of wood and ice before driving on. This campground is beautifully situated and worth the drive.

Room Tip: Do not choose camp sites 314 or 315. They are close to a pit toilet and adjacent to the Weeping bed...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank June T
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Park surrounded by breathtaking panoramas and beautiful wildlife. Very sandy and beautiful. Beautiful location is remote and stargazing is a must. The only negative about the park is the showers are tiny and old, poor ventilation and humid have not been revamped and not suitable for my toddler. Overall we loved it

  • Stayed: August 2013
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3  Thank lunastellaluna
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Stayed here on a weekend in July. Have a larger 32 ft Travel Trailer, was able to get one of the sites in Turtle Dunes section that was close to beach. There is another section that is more like a KOA or JellyStone where most of the big rigs were parked on small sites. Our section there were only a handful of sites down our road and as a result it was quiet and the sites were large. I really like this park, the beach was 100 ft from our site, there was a constant breeze off the lake. Facilities are a little older than some other parks but still functional. Not much in the way of stores nearby so make sure you are stocked before you camp there. The filling station is on the right before the main gate so that's good to know or your will miss it. Miles and Miles of quiet sandy beach. Can't think of anything to complain about.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

Let the tourists go to Port Dover and Turkey Point. Locals know Long Point is far superior in almost every possible way. It may not have TP's "Hotel" or Dover's shops and restaurants, but it has a fantastic campground and incredible beach. You can walk for hours on the beach as the sun sets, swim in the shallow, sandy bottom water, or lay in the sun all day. You won't be cramped like sardines like on Port Dover's beach on most days. With a beach this long and wide, it's not hard to find your own space and throw the frisbee or football around. Camp sites are steps from the beach. Trees and small hills of sand provide for privacy between sites. Only complaint with the campground is their recent "no music" policy. If you spend a day at the beach or a weekend camping in Southern Ontario this summer, this is the one to be at.

Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
7  Thank RyanMac86
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Additional Information about Long Point Provincial Campground

Address: Port Rowan, Ontario, Canada
Location: Canada > Ontario > Norfolk County > Port Rowan
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Ranked #1 of 2 Specialty Lodging in Port Rowan
Number of rooms: 250
Also Known As:
Long Point Provincial Campground Hotel Port Rowan
Long Point Provincial Campground Ontario/Port Rowan, Canada

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