Port Burwell Provincial Park

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This lovely 2.5 km sandy beach stands out as one of the most beautiful spots along the northern shore of Lake Erie. Visitors can expect a warm and welcoming atmosphere perfect for families, thanks to its exceptional campground. The campground boasts spacious, well-shaded sites that are level, making it easy to set up camp. Plus, there’s an outstanding play area that will keep the kids entertained for hours.

For families looking to make the most of their summer vacation, the campground offers Family-friendly Discovery Drop-ins from July 1st to Labour Day. It’s a fantastic opportunity to engage in fun and educational activities together.

If you have a furry friend with you, don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy the amazing dog beach and pet exercise area. Your four-legged companion will love it just as much as you do.

For those planning to host a large group outing, the group camping area is ideal. It can comfortably accommodate big groups and provides sprawling, private sites for an enjoyable camping experience.

Nature enthusiasts will find this place to be an undiscovered birder’s paradise. During the fall, you can witness the marvels of migration, making it a must-visit destination for birdwatchers and nature lovers alike.

New Camping Rules 2023

New Camping Rules for 2023 (14-night max) – new for 2023 are revised rules about the maximum number of nights you can camp. In this park, if you are camping between July 1 and the Saturday of the Labour Day long weekend, you’ll be restricted to no more than 14-nights at this park. Outside of those dates, it’s still the old 23-night maximum. Ontario Parks promises this will be clear when booking.
Rules for backcountry camping and the roofed accommodation haven’t changed.

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Information

Phone #:(519) 874-4691
Main entrance co-ordinates: 42.647130, -80.812941
Address:9 Wilson Lane, Port Burwell, ON, N0J 1T0
Opening seasons: May 10 to October 15, 2024

Activities

Dog Friendly

This is a dog-friendly park with an off-leash and dog-friendly beach area. You can find more information about having dogs at Ontario Parks in our “Dog-Friendly Ontario Provincial Parks” post, which includes a list of parks with specific dog-use facilities.

Camping & Accommodation

Car Camping: Experience exceptional spring and fall camping in this picturesque area, where the warmer weather invites visitors to indulge in the great outdoors. Nestled amidst a mature forest just a stone’s throw away from the lake, the park’s three campgrounds offer a perfect retreat. Carefully designed for convenience, these campsites are easily accessible and generously spacious, providing a sense of seclusion. Many are adorned with lush grassy surroundings, enhancing the natural ambiance. At the heart of the campground lies a bustling recreation area, complete with an amphitheater, a children’s playground, volleyball/badminton courts, horseshoe pits, a ball diamond, and a basketball foul shooting court—ensuring endless entertainment for all.

Group Camping: For those in pursuit of group camping escapades, the park presents two excellent options. The first accommodates groups ranging from 20 to 80 individuals, while the second caters to larger groups of 30 to 100 people. Reservations for group campsites require a minimum of 20 participants. Conveniently located near water taps and flush toilets, these group sites promise a comfortable stay. Moreover, their strategic placement close to the beach and comfort stations ensures both enjoyment and convenience during your group camping experience.

Hiking, Biking & Paddling

Hiking

Ravine Creek Trail: 🌿 Length: 1 kilometer ⏱ Duration: Approximately 45 minutes 🌟 Difficulty: Easy

Explore the marvels of nature on the Ravine Creek Trail! This captivating route meanders through a scenic ravine and delightful woodlot. Discover eleven educational stops along the path, revealing the mysteries of our area’s geology, the rich variety of plants, and the captivating wildlife inhabiting this area. Enhance your adventure by grabbing a self-guided brochure for an even deeper exploration!

Beach Trail: 🌊 Length: 2 kilometers (round trip) ⏱ Duration: About 1 hour 🌟 Difficulty: Easy

Seeking a serene beach getaway? Embark on the Beach Trail for the ultimate coastal escape! This charming pathway begins at the campground and guides you to the unspoiled shoreline. En route, discover a scenic lookout showcasing awe-inspiring vistas of Lake Erie and the sandy coastline beneath. Pause to appreciate the natural splendor while crossing a 20-meter bluff. It’s an invigorating and fulfilling journey through picturesque landscapes.

Biking

There a no dedicated bike trails.

Paddling

The fact that this park opens onto the waters of Lake Ontario makes it unsuitable for inexperienced paddlers.

Birding

Experience the enchanting spectacle of spring and fall migration along the picturesque Lake Erie shoreline at Port Burwell. Witness the captivating journey of hawks, vultures, eagles, Monarch Butterflies, Blue Jays, and dragonflies as they traverse this natural wonderland.

During spring, over 85 species of migratory birds grace the area, contributing to our impressive bird checklist of 232 species. Lake Erie acts as a natural conduit, concentrating the flow of migrating birds along the shoreline, making Port Burwell a prime destination for birdwatchers.

Nestled between renowned birding hotspots like Long Point, Rondeau, and Point Pelee, Port Burwell is a hidden gem for bird enthusiasts. Its central location ensures both quantity and quality of birding opportunities, making it a must-visit destination for nature lovers.

Maps & Resources

Ontario Crown Land Use Policy Atlas: Most provincial Parks have excellent signage, maps, and marked trails. If you take up back-country adventures, then it’s not always clear. The Ontario Crown Land Use maps are an excellent resource. You might also want to join one or more of these groups on Facebook.
Crown Land Camping Group
Crown Land Camping Ontario
Ontario Parks and Crown Land
Ontario Crown Land Campers
Sharing Ontario Crown Land Camping Spots

Local Facilities

Barrier Free

Accessible laundry facilities, showers, and flush toilets are accessible without barriers. Additionally, an all-terrain beach wheelchair is offered for borrowing. Although non-motorized, it is designed to navigate most dry beach conditions effectively.

Boat Launch(es)

There isn’t a boat launch within the park, but this service is provided just a short distance away from the park.

Comfort Station(s)

Comfort stations are strategically positioned within each of the three campgrounds.

Day Use

The expansive picnic grounds within the day use area boast a plethora of amenities, including a picnic shelter, restroom facilities, barbecue stations, shaded spots, and convenient access to the beach. These recently upgraded facilities are meticulously maintained, rendering this park an ideal venue for family reunions or group picnics. With its stunning beachfront and the inviting, shallow waters of Lake Erie for swimming, visitors are treated to an unforgettable experience. Secure your spot for day use by obtaining a daily vehicle permit, available up to five days in advance, ensuring a hassle-free and enjoyable visit to this picturesque park.

Visit the Ontario Parks website for  day use page to learn more.

Flush Toilets

Each of the three park campgrounds is equipped with a Comfort Station featuring flush toilets.

Laundromat

You can find laundry facilities at the Alzora, Leander, and Iroquois Campground Comfort Stations.

Park Store

Park stores can be found at entrances to the day-use areas and campgrounds. They offer a variety of goods, including basic camping supplies, hard-scooped ice cream, confectionary items, clothing, and souvenirs.

Pet Exercise Area(s)

You can reach the dog beach from the easternmost entrance of the day using parking lot #1 (P1). Remember, dogs must be kept on a leash at all times except in the designated off-leash area, situated to the east of the dog beach.

Picnic Shelters

You have the option to reserve a picnic shelter, conveniently situated at the heart of the day-use area, just a stone’s throw away from the beach and water. It’s an ideal spot to spend quality time with a sizable gathering of loved ones and friends. Reservations can be made online or by phone.

Rentals

Trailer storage rentals are now open! Contact the park at (519) 874-4691 for details. Explore the beach with ease using our non-motorized all-terrain beach wheelchair, perfect for most dry beach conditions.

Need power? Rent extension cords conveniently at the Campground Office.

Stay safe on the water! You can borrow a properly fitted Personal Flotation Device (PFD) for a $25 refundable deposit. Staff at the day-use gate can assist you with more information and fitting.

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