MacGregor Point Provincial Park
MacGregor Point Provincial Park is located on the eastern shoreline of Lake Huron, about 5 km south of Port Elgin. MacGregor Point’s mixed wetlands and forests are an essential habitat for various wildlife and rare plants. The park also features a lovely 7 km stretch of coast, camping facilities, numerous nature trails and an exciting season of winter activities. Fitness and nature enthusiasts will enjoy hiking, canoeing, kayaking, cycling, nature viewing, skating, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
MacGregor Point is the perfect place for seasoned and new campers. The three main campgrounds at MacGregor Point are Algonquin, Nipissing and Huron, including both single and double sites. The heavy forest canopy of the park provides extra privacy between sites. Camp areas have showers, toilets with running water. Altogether, there are 360 campsites that are a mixture of electrical and non-electrical campsites. It’s also a welcome environment for dogs.
Visitors who want to experience something a little different can camp in a yurt. There are 16 campsites with yurts located at the Birch Boulevard area in the Algonquin Campground. These warm and cozy tent-like structures are equipped with modern amenities such as bunk beds, electricity and a table and chairs. Outside of the yurt, relax around a fire pit or gather at the picnic table for mealtimes. Yurts are available year-round, including during winter.
Whatever your camping preference is, reserve your MacGregor Point site as far in advance as possible, as they book up quickly.
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You’ll want to spend a night or two to experience all the park has to offer, but there are lots of things to do on a day trip, too.
An impressive 25 km of trails means there’s a trail for every skill level at MacGregor Point. Huron Fridge Boardwalk is a safe and accessible 1.2 km trail that leads through the wetlands, so look out for birds, turtles and frogs. There are five stroller-friendly trails to explore, perfect for families with young children.
One popular trail is the 7 km Old Shore Road Trail. Along the trail is Sunset Point, which lives up to its name. This lookout spot is ideal for taking in the fabled Lake Huron sunset. Dog lovers will enjoy this trail too, because it connects to the Dog Exercise Area.
Stop in at the MacGregor Point’s Visitor Centre for valuable park information and the Park Store, which sells a lot of useful products, including firewood. If you want to visit Port Elgin, it’s close enough to walk or bike along the multi-use Rotary Way Trail, which connects to the Gore Drain Trail towards Port Elgin.
Over 200 migrating bird species pass through MacGregor Point during migration season, like the black-crowned night heron and the American egret. In recognition of the migrating birds and the natural beauty of the park, the Fringe Birding Festival is held each year in late May to early June.
Don’t forget to bring your binoculars to view the plants too, since some plants growing in their natural habitat may not be along the trails. Botanists will be intrigued by the variety of rare plants such as the carnivorous pitcher plant. And head’s up: there are various snakes in the park, including the northern-red bellied snake, which is the smallest snake in Canada. Isn’t that adorable?
Winter in the park is especially magical! Glide around the 400 metre ice skating trail in the crisp morning air or in the evening under the stars in MacGregor Point. There is also a separate outdoor ice pad for hockey. Cross-country skiers will enjoy the 8 km Deer Run Trail.