Rondeau Provincial Park

Erieau, Ontario

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The name Rondeau comes from the French, ronde eau, meaning “round water.” The park is aptly named—the long peninsula of park land is divided by only a narrow channel from a second peninsula to form a snug harbor of round water. The land was first set aside by the British government as Ordinance Land by Lord Simcoe in 1795 and was used as a naval repair station during the War of 1812. In 1894 Rondeau became the second provincial park in Ontario. Today you can enjoy the same sand beaches, low coastal sand dunes, extensive marshes, and Carolinian forests that visitors have enjoyed for over one hundred years. The forests, beaches, and cattail marshes are ideal for bird watching, with 80 percent of all Ontario bird species being sighted within the park boundaries. There are also a number of rare plants found in the park, including nineteen species of orchids.
Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario

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Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario

by Sarah Ohmann & Bill Newman (The Globe Pequot Press)

The name Rondeau comes from the French, ronde eau, meaning “round water.” The park is aptly named—the long peninsula of park land is divided by only a narrow channel from a second peninsula to form a snug harbor of round water. The land was first set aside by the British government as Ordinance Land by Lord Simcoe in 1795 and was used as a naval repair station during the War of 1812.

In 1894 Rondeau became the second provincial park in Ontario. Today you can enjoy the same sand beaches, low coastal sand dunes, extensive marshes, and Carolinian forests that visitors have enjoyed for over one hundred years. The forests, beaches, and cattail marshes are ideal for bird watching, with 80 percent of all Ontario bird species being sighted within the park boundaries. There are also a number of rare plants found in the park, including nineteen species of orchids.

©  Sarah Ohmann & Bill Newman/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Erieau
Distance: 12
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Day trip
Season: Spring to fall, weather permitting
Local Maps: CHS 2122, Canadian topographic map 40 I/5 at 1:50,000
Driving Directions: Directions to Rondeau Provincial Park

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