Lyme Disease At Ontario Parks

If you’re camping with your family in Southern Ontario, or anywhere where there are migratory birds, you should be paying attention to the notices the Parks have about Lyme Disease. Lyme is a bacterial infection that is passed by deer ticks, and is largely spread by migratory bird. Although initially only found in Long Point and Point Pelee, Ontario, Health Canada says there are established blacklegged tick populations infected with Lyme disease at these parks1:

  1. Long Point Provincial Park
  2. Turkey Point Provincial Park
  3. Rondeau Provincial Park
  4. Pinery Provincial Park
  5. Rouge Valley
  6. Point Pelee National Park
  7. Prince Edward Point National Wildlife Area
  8. Wainfleet Bog Conservation Area
  9. Thousand Islands National Park area.

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Camping near Long Point, Ontario

Whether it’s swimming on the shores of Lake Erie or fishing in on the the lakes that feed into the lake, you don’t have to go far with your family to enjoy the outdoors. Many of these parks offer seasonal and daily camping, and have either a swimming pool or a lake to swim in.

Long Point Conservation Authority

The Long Point conservation authority is located north of Lake Erie near Long Point, and manages conservations areas, including five that have overnight camping. You can reserve campsites online through their reservation system for the summer months.

Long Point Reservation System

Long Point – Backus Heritage Conservation Area
Located near Long Point north of Lake Erie, the park has more than 160 campsites spread over five campground areas. Campgrounds C and D are located close to everything including the swimming pool and the playground. The park has about 15 historic buildings and antique farm equipment in Backus Heritage Village. Brackus Heritage ParkBrackus Heritage Park

Long Point – Deer Creek Conservation Area

This conservation are is located on the Deer Creek Reservoir. It has 40 campsites, and a day use swimming area. It’s a great place for fishing. You can rent a canoe

Deer Creek

Long Point – Haldimand Conservation Area

On the shores of Lake Erie, with 230 campsites and access to the lake for swimming.

Long Point – Norfolk Conservation Area

This park is situated on 46 acres along the Lake Erie shoreline with beach access and unsupervised swimming. It has more than 160 campsites, including 98 with electrical service, a tent-only area and areas for youth group camping.

Long Point – Waterford North Conservation Area

The park’s 3 ponds are great for fishing. It has 100 unserviced campsites, along with a food concession booth, shady picnic areas, canoe rentals, a small sandy beach with an unsupervised swimming area.

Waterford North Conservation Area

Ontario Provincial Parks

Long Point Provincial Park

Long Point

Long Point has over 2 km of soft sand and warm water on the shores of Lake Erie. Since there are no lifeguards present on the beach, and Lake Erie has an undertow, stay close to your children while swimming.

More than 300 bird and waterfowl migrate to the area during the year. There is excellent fishing and boating opportunities in the sheltered march of Long Point Bay. There is no Nature Education program for children but they do offer seasonal learning opportunities. Long Point offers an off-leash dog exercise/beach area located at the west end of the day-use beach.

Long Point is not a busy park during the summer compared to Sandbanks or Pinery, but it also doesn’t offer as many activities for kids. There are plenty of places you can do day trips in the vicinity while you are at Long Point. You can visit other Ontario Parks for free during your stay with your vehicle permit.

Port Burwell Provincial Park

Port Burwell Beach

Port Burwell is not far from Long Point, has a nice 2.5 km sandy beach and great kids programs every day during the summer. The park boasts large trees lots for camping and exceptional play areas for kids. There is great fishing and a warm climate for Ontario makes this a great choice to extend the camping season in the spring and fall. There are many opportunities to watch birds migrating, including an annual Hawk watching program in the fall.

Selkirk Provincial Park

Selkirk is a quiet campground with grassed campsites. They offer monthly camping options as well. There is a small beach, and several canoeing opportunities both within and outside the park.

Turkey Point Provincial Park

Turkey Point

Turkey Point offers a variety of campsites in three campground areas including a number of larger pull through sites. 20 of the sites are radio-free. There is a beach, a golf course, and a large marina nearby where you can rent Sea-Doos.  There are nearby mountain biking trails as well. The park offers children’s programs and special events on July and August weekends.

Other Private Parks

Woodland RV Park

Woodland RV Park is located close to Turkey Point. It is privately owned, and offers overnight & seasonal sites, a games room, a heated pool, a children’s playground and a fire pit. Their website is here and their brochure can be downloaded from here.  Their overnight camping rates are $33.90 per night for an unserviced site.

Hidden Valley RV Resort

A member of the Carefree RV resorts, Hidden Valley is located near Turkey point and offers both seasonal and overnight camping. Overnight camping starts at $46 per night. They have two swimming pools, and plenty of on site activities including go-cart rentals and two playgrounds. One drawback is the overnight campsites are far away from the swimming pool, but they offer more privacy than the seasonal sites.