AAA Editor Notes
Presqu'ile Provincial Park, 3.25 km (2 mi.) s. via Hwy. 30, is on a peninsula jutting into Lake Ontario. “Almost an island” in French and known for its sandy beach and warm, shallow waters, the park has a variety of landscapes—forests, marshes, sand dunes and abandoned farmlands. Hiking and bicycling trails offer bird and wildlife viewing. Recreational opportunities include boating, fishing and swimming. Cross-country skiing is available in the winter. An observation tower is on the marsh-area boardwalk, and one of Ontario's oldest operating lighthouses, and its lighthouse keeper's cottage, are in the park.
More than 300 bird species, including large gull colonies, migrate to the park's 937 hectares (2,315 acres). The land also supports some 700 species of plant life. Interpretive programs about the park's natural and cultural resources, held daily throughout the summer and on weekends in spring and fall, include guided walks and four special event weekends. Children's programs and slide presentations are available during the summer, and guided bird-walks are given in spring and fall.
Historical presentations and walking tours are offered at the Lighthouse Interpretation Centre daily during the summer and on weekends in spring and fall. Bird-watching is best during the spring and fall migrations. Labour Day weekend is known for the monarch butterfly migration to Mexico. The public is included in the monarch tagging and bird banding. Food is available late May to mid-October.
Picnicking is permitted.