If you find yourself intrigued by Canada’s historical past and its stunning works of nature, this Ontario park may be up your alley. With a shallow, sandy shore, clear waters, and a long history that dates back to the 1800s, here’s why you should explore Inverhuron Provincial Park.
About a three-hour drive northwest of Toronto, you’ll find Inverhuron Provincial Park. It lies right on the shoreline of Lake Huron, beside the village of Inverhuron, and according to Destination Ontario, “attracts visitors to its warm sandy beach, rolling sand dunes, nature trails, and inspiring sunsets.”
And it’s done that for years. Ontario Parks has actually designated this park as a heritage-class park due to its long history.
“The hamlet of Inverhuron and its neighbouring communities of Kincardine to the south and Saugeen Shores north along the coast have a long history. It traces back to pioneer settlements over a century ago and Indigenous cultures for thousands of years before that,” said Destination Ontario.
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“There is even an 1800s pioneer cemetery and remains of an old lime kiln inside the park.” That gave us chills!
Fun fact, according to the blog site, the park was originally established in the mid-1950s and was restricted to day use only in the 1970s. That’s when the Bruce Nuclear Power Plant began operating nearby.
But when the plant was decommissioned in 1998, Ontario Parks began working on bringing overnight camping back again. It wasn’t until 2006, that the 288-hectare park was reopened “as a seasonal destination with designated camping sites.”
Now that you’re up to date with its historical past, we can dive deep into its current amenities. Inverhuron Provincial Park is prized for its beach, dunes, and sunsets.
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According to Ontario Parks, this site is well-known for the clear waters of its shallow, sandy beach. It’s an ideal swimming spot, with sections of its 1 km beach buoyed. There are also changing facilities available.
Along with its rocky shores, there is also a boat launch so anglers can get out on the water with ease.
Care to go fishing? This is a good spot to fish for Lake Trout, bass, pickerel, perch, salmon, and pike. There is also a shared-use trail in the park for both hikers and bikers. It leads through a wetland and hardwood forested area, according to Destination Ontario.
According to Ontario Parks, the cost of a Day Use permit depends on the time of the year whether it be on or off-season, and by park.
Entry fees for vehicles start at $12.25, but for a full day at Inverhuron Provincial Park in the summer season, the cost is $15.93 plus tax. For park-specific fees, contact the park directly.
Adventure seekers, make sure to add this to your to-do list. And before you embark on your journey, check out out guide on Ontario Parks safety to ensure your next road trip is a pleasant one.
Inverhuron Provincial Park
Where: 19 Jordon Rd – Kincardine, ON