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John E. Pearce

John E. Pearce Provincial Park - main photo of the park

What you'll like:

  • Great birding opportunities in this 68 hectare park.
  • Nearby, the Backus Page museum is situated within a restored 1850 Georgian style house.
  • A trail with fifteen interpretive stops that leads through a century of old hardwood forest.
  • A 33 metre cliff overlooking Lake Erie.
  • Visitors can take a leisurely walk to the lookout high atop the Lake Erie bluffs or picnic in the quiet shade of the forest canopy.


This is a day-use only park.  Free Admission.

Park nearby for camping: Rondeau and Port Burwell

Activities List

Highlights of Things to Do

This 68 hectare park is a special place for leisurely walks to the lookout high atop the Lake Erie bluffs or a picnic in the quiet shade of the forest canopy.  From the bluffs, you can often see lake freighters, fishing tugs and sometimes Bald Eagles and migrating hawks.

The park is located in the Carolinian region, the only area in Canada where flora and fauna more common to the central United States, grow and thrive. A sense of serenity and dignity is felt in the centuries old hardwood forest with its array of colourful wildflowers and rich history. Woodland trails blooms with unusual flowers in the spring - Yellow Mandarin, Stiff Gentian, Beech Fern.

The park is in the heart of what was the Talbot Settlement. A drive along the lake is like “a trip back in time”. Be sure to stop at the nearby Backus Page museum which celebrates the history of this area.

Just the Facts

Take only pictures, leave only footprints: don't bring any plants, animals or other natural objects with you. Park regulations prohibit this. For more information on Leave No Trace practices, visit www.leavenotrace.ca.

Spicer Trail 1.5 km (1 hour) easy‚Ä®
This trail leads through a centuries old hardwood forest. Fifteen interpretive stops are described in the trail guide and 30 trees are identified along the trail.


The park is well-worth a stop for spring and fall birding.

Park Amenities List


There are picnic tables, but otherwise minimal services are available at the park. Vault toilets are located at the Backus Page Museum and by the scenic lookout and picnic grounds.

Just the Facts

Barrier Free Access

The Backus Page Museum is wheelchair accessible with barrier-free washrooms located only 300 metres away.

Day Use Area

John E. Pearce is an excellent location for a picnic.  Picnic tables are available.

Park Location

Park features on this map are representative only and may not accurately depict regulated park boundaries. For official map representation of provincial parks, visit Ontario's Crown Land Use Policy Atlas.

Trail Maps (pdf)

Spicer Trail Brochure - pdf

Fire Ban


There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water


There is no boil water advisory at this time.

Beach Posting


There is no beach posting at this time.

John E. Pearce Provincial Park

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