Do you hear that? Nature is calling! Warmer, sunny days are upon us and that means we’re planning our next adventure. Ontario is blessed with stunning landscapes and natural wonders, so it only seems fitting that we dive deep into exploring our beautiful province and all it has to offer. That being said, MacGregor Point Provincial Park is next on our radar thanks to its many hiking trails, beach, and birds. Yes, we said birds.
Located near Port Elgin, Ontario, it is one of the “most ecologically diverse natural places along the Lake Huron shoreline,” according to Ontario Parks.
It’s about a three-and-a-half-hour drive from Toronto so if you’re looking to make this into a day trip, plan accordingly.
This all-season park is the ultimate summer destination for those looking for a more outdoor experience. MacGregor Point is home to silver maple swamps, cattail marshes, ponds, carnivorous plants, and is a well-known bird-watching spot.
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Every spring, the Huron Fringe Birding Festival is held at MacGregor Point and has been set to “coincide with the arrival and the setting up of territories by migrating birds,” according to Ontario Parks.
“The festival is held annually for ten days from the Friday following the Victoria Day weekend.”
It also offers a full summer program of activities, including guided walks, canoeing, fishing, swimming and several off-road trails for both your bike and avid walkers. And don’t worry, they also offer bike rentals if you’re unable to bring yours.
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There are about six different trails for bikers and walkers, which go from easy to moderate:
- Huron Fringe Trail 1.2 km (35 minutes)
- Old Shore Road Trail 6 km (4 hours)
- Tower Trail 3.5 km return (1.5 hours)
- Kempfs Trail 0.8 km (20 min)
- Deer Run Bike Trail 3.7 km (50 minutes)
- Lake Ridge Trail 4 km (2.5 hours)
Need to rest up after your hike? MacGregor Point is home to a 7 km-long beach which serves as the perfect spot for lunch. It’s important to note that if you do go for a swim, there is no buoyed area and no lifeguards in the area.
And for you avid campers, MacGregor Point offers separated and private campsites in three campgrounds – group camping, radio-free camping, and roofed accommodations. Reservations can be made for year-round camping via online or by phone.
If you need a way to get there, Parkbus has added MacGregor Point Provincial Park as one of its destinations. Unfortunately, they don’t do daily service and at the moment are only doing one trip a month.
Interested in one of the dates? Book your tickets here.
It’s time to be one with nature and get our hiking boots on. Next stop: MacGregor Point.
Where: 1593 Bruce Road 33, RR#1 – Port Elgin, ON