Presqu'ile Provincial Park

Brighton, Ontario

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This area is another section of limestone shoreline like that seen on the Bruce Peninsula and elsewhere around the Great Lakes. The park is located on a tombolo (an island that has become linked to the mainland by a sand- or gravel bar). The northern leg of the park consists of a sandbar with a long beach on one side and marshes on the other. The park is known as one of the best birding places in Ontario. Like other peninsulas around the Great Lakes, it acts as a collector for migrating birds, and the marshes on the east side attract a lot of migrating waterfowl. More than 320 species of birds have been seen within the park, and more than 120 nest there. There is also a (nonoperating) lighthouse in the park and a variety of landscapes: open fields, marshes, sand dunes, and the cedar forest that grows on the limestone rock found on the south side of the peninsula.

Presqu'ile Provincial Park Professional Review and Guide

"This area is another section of limestone shoreline like that seen on the Bruce Peninsula and elsewhere around the Great Lakes. The park is located on a tombolo (an island that has become linked to the mainland by a sand- or gravel bar). The northern leg of the park consists of a sandbar with a long beach on one side and marshes on the other.

The park is known as one of the best birding places in Ontario. Like other peninsulas around the Great Lakes, it acts as a collector for migrating birds, and the marshes on the east side attract a lot of migrating waterfowl. More than 320 species of birds have been seen within the park, and more than 120 nest there. There is also a (nonoperating) lighthouse in the park and a variety of landscapes: open fields, marshes, sand dunes, and the cedar forest that grows on the limestone rock found on the south side of the peninsula."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Brighton
Distance: 5
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Part to full day
Season: Spring to fall, weather permitting
Local Maps: Canadian topographic map Trenton (31C/H) or 30 N/13 at 1:50,000
Driving Directions: Directions to Presqu'ile Provincial Park

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