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MacGregor Point

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What you'll like:

  • MacGregor Point is one of the most unique natural places along the Lake Huron shoreline. A complex ecosystem unfolds at this all-season park on a seven-kilometre stretch of coast, just south of Port Elgin.
  • Park interpreters offer a full summer program of activities, including guided walks by the shore and through silver maple swamps, cattail marshes, ponds, fens and bogs that reveal unusual inhabitants.
  • Learn about the carnivorous (meat-eating) plants that make this area their home. Rare Dwarf Lake Iris and the elusive Spotted Turtle appear in the spring.
  • MacGregor Point is a well-known spot to look for migrating birds, including the Black-crowned Night Heron and the American Egret.
  • Home of the very popular spring Huron Fringe Birding Festival and Wild for the Arts fall arts festival.
  • The third weekend in October, Witches in the Woods celebrates Hallowe’en and the forest creatures closely linked to it! Campers decorate their sites, trick or treat and explore nature in fall.
  • Winter visitors can camp in yurts, snow shoe, cross-country ski, and ice skate on a 400 metre skating oval (weather permitting).

Camping Experiences

By the Numbers

  • Total Campsites - 360
  • Electrical Campsites - 174
  • Group Campsites - 2
  • Yurts - 16

Camping

MacGregor Point offers a wide range of camping experiences to appeal to all visitors, including groups.  Car camping is offered in three campgrounds that are uniquely laid out in looped designs.  Campsites are available for all types of equipment.

For those looking for a bit more comfort, the park offers yurts.  Located in Algonquin Campground they are a great way to experience the park year-round!

Note:  Campers who are sensitive to Poison Ivy should be aware that it grows naturally throughout the park.


 

Car Camping

MacGregor Point offers well separated and private campsites in three campgrounds. All sites are treed, generous and have a level surface. Several campsites are designed for use by persons with disabilities. Radio-free camping is offered in sections of Huron Campground.

Campsites are available for reservation and on a first-come, first-served basis year round. Birch Boulevard Campground is open year round with campsites available on either a first-come, first-served or reservation basis, depending on the time of year.

MacGregor Point also offers camping in 16 yurts. A yurt is a semi-permanent vinyl-covered structure that is 16 feet in diameter, mounted on a wooden deck about two feet off the ground. Yurts can accommodate up to six people. They have two sets of bunk beds, a table and chairs for six, electric or propane heat and electric lighting, and a propane barbecue outdoors. A dining shelter is located on the site. The yurts are open year round and reservations are recommended. Pets are not permitted.

Electric Sites
The large private electrical sites may mean that you need to bring an extra long extension cord to reach the electrical outlet.

 

Radio-Free Camping

Sections of Huron Campground are a radio-free zone.

 

Group Camping

There are two group camping sites that accommodate 9-36 people. Sites have water taps and outhouses on site. Comfort stations and the beach would require transportation. One of the two sites has trailer access but does not have electrical service. For reservations, call the park directly at (519) 389-9056.

 

Yurts

Number of Yurts at Park: 16
Site Number(s): 46, 48, 50, 53, 55, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70, 72, 74, 77, 90, 92

MacGregor Point has 16 comfortable yurts available year-round for reservations. They are located in the Birch Boulevard section of the campground.

Sleeps:
Maximum 6 people

Amenities

Each yurt sleeps six people on two sets of double/single bunk beds. Inside the yurt campers will also find a table and chairs, lighting, electric heat and an electrical outlet.

Outside visitors are provided with a firepit, kitchen shelter, picnic tables, and propane barbeque with side burner. A comfort station with drinking water, flush toilets and showers is available year round.

What to Bring

Visitors should bring their own bedding, cookware, dishes, food and other personal items.

Visiting in Winter
Restrictions

Please note that domestic animals (pets) are not permitted in the yurt or on site and smoking is prohibited in all facilities. Cooking in yurts is not permitted.

Parking

Parking for one vehicle is included in your rental fee.

How to Reserve

Reservations can be made online or through our call centre by calling 1-888-ONT-PARK.

Highlights of Things to Do

The area is well known for spring and fall birding. Bring your binoculars and take advantage of knowledgeable park staff who can introduce you to some of the interesting migrants. Be sure to visit during our spring Huron Fringe Birding Festival and fall Wild for the Arts Festival as they make a visit to the area well worthwhile.

Use the park as a base to explore the area. Begin with the Old Shore Road Trail and then cycle on! The area boasts many great trails and cycle routes between Port Elgin, Kincardine and Southampton.

Discover the parks’ unique “Huron Fringe” ecosystem by trail or simply walk the shores to appreciate this powerful lake and nature’s adaptations.  Get the inside scoop on nature in the park when you participate in our excellent summer Natural Heritage Education programs and explore the Visitor Centre. Afterwards, be sure to stop by the “Huron Fringe Gift Shop” operated by the Friends of MacGregor Point and located in the Visitor Centre.

Camp in the fall - if you dare – as “Witches in the Woods” celebrates natural (and some unnatural) interesting and spooky things in the park! Have fun with campsite decorating contests, crafts, hikes and trick or treating!

Winter is a special time at MacGregor Point, and an excellent place to cross-country ski and snowshoe.  Hit your stride at the skating loop, about 400m long, winding through the campground and lit at night! And feeding the birds is a highlight in winter at MacGregor Point. Make this your year to spend a winter’s night in a yurt! Don’t worry, a heated comfort station is nearby!


Just the Facts

 
Hiking
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.

Huron Fringe Trail 1.2 km (35 minutes) easy
The Huron Fringe trail circles the Visitor Centre. Its boardwalk surface makes it compatible for the physically challenged. Interpretive signs along the way teach about the various habitats you are visiting. Several resting spots provide viewing areas for turtles and shore birds. Bicycles are not allowed on this trail.

Old Shore Road Trail 6 km (4 hours) easy
This trail follows the Lake Huron shoreline. In pioneer days it was part of the route that provided land transportation between Goderich and Southampton. This trail offers excellent views of the shore and beach areas. Viewing platforms are located in several places. This trail can also be used for cycling and cross-country skiing. Wheelchairs find most of this trail easy to use. Be sure to download our audio trail guide. Hear stories, music and natural sounds that tell MacGregor Point’s unique story.

Lake Ridge Trail 4 km (2.5 hours) moderate
This trail offers a longer circle route in the interior of the park. The terrain here is rough and is suitable only for hikers wearing sturdy shoes. The trail is named after the shoreline ridge of glacial Lake Nipissing which existed here some 5,500 years ago. A short side trail takes you to a boardwalk overlooking a former beaver pond and abandoned lodge. Storyboards tell about an old corduroy logging road, early settlement, and the forest. Bicycles are not permitted on this trail.

Tower Trail 3.5 km return (1.5 hours) easy
This trail takes the visitor around a wetland providing great opportunities for waterfowl and wildlife viewing. An observation tower offers a panoramic view of the wetland and a bird hide offers excellent viewing opportunities at water level. Storyboards are located along the trail to help you understand the wetland environment. Cyclists also use this trail. Wheelchairs can use the section of this trail between the parking lot and the observation tower.

Kempfs Trail 0.8 km (20 min) easy
Kempfs Trail offers a connecting route between the main park road and the Old Shore Road Trail. It is named after one of the former landowners in this part of the park.

 
Canoeing

Caution should be used by anyone canoeing or kayaking along the shore of Lake Huron because water conditions can change quickly. The nearby Saugeen River provides excellent canoeing and kayaking opportunities.

 
Swimming

The gradually sloping beach is 50 m in length and sandy with boulders. There are change facilities in the day-use area. There is no buoyed area and no lifeguards are posted.

 
Fishing

Fishing along the shore is limited. The nearby Saugeen River is good for bass, perch, Lake Trout, pickerel, pike and salmon.

 
Biking

Several off-road trails make it easy to get around the park and to connect to trails in the area.

Deer Run Bike Trail 3.7 km (50 minutes) easy
This trail provides cyclists with a safe way to travel through the interior of the park.

Old Shore Road Trail 6 km easy (linear)
This trail follows the Lake Huron shoreline and offers excellent views of the shore and beach areas. In pioneer days it was part of the route that provided land transportation between Goderich and Southampton. This trail was formerly a roadway and has a firm base for cycling. It serves as an excellent link to various areas in the park.

Tower Trail 3.5 km return
The Tower Trail takes you around a wetland providing great opportunities for waterfowl and wildlife viewing. A tower provides a panoramic view of the wetland and a bird hide offers excellent viewing opportunities at water level.  The trail surface is compacted gravel and boardwalk. Cyclists are asked to walk their bikes on the boardwalk sections.

Kempfs Trail 0.8 km (20 min) easy (linear)

Kempfs Trail offers a connecting route between the main park road and the Old Shore Road Trail. It is named after one of the former landowners in this part of the park.

Cycling along trails is recommended over cycling on park roads which can get very busy.

 
Natural Heritage Education

Facilities include: a Campfire Circle, hiking trails and a Visitor Centre. Various resource related evening programs happen up to six days a week during July and August, including children’s programs, curriculum based programs for schools, guided hikes, Huron Fringe Birding Festival, Nature Study Series and campfire programs. The park also offers Project Nature Watch (an independent learning program for children).

 
Birding

More than 200 species of birds have been sighted here, including the Black-crowned Night Heron and the American Egret which find the wetlands in the park to be ideal feeding grounds. The shoreline is a recognized spring and fall migration route. MacGregor Point is either the northern or southern nesting limit for a number of northern and southern species.

Each spring, naturalists’ celebrate the return of songbirds during the Huron Fringe Birding Festival. This festival has been developed to coincide with the arrival and the setting up of territories by these migrating birds. The focus is on birding, however, other areas of natural history are included, such as butterflies, wildflowers, astronomy, nature art, poetry and photography. The festival is held annually for ten days from the Friday following the Victoria Day weekend.

And in winter, don’t forget to make time to wander near the Visitor Centre which is an excellent spot to see and hand-feed chickadees and nuthatches.

 
Winter Activities

Cross-country Skiing 

The park has 11 kilometres of groomed trails and many kilometres of unplowed park roads which are not groomed but would be suitable for cross-country skiing.

The Deer Run Trail 11km 
Together, these track set trails provide a winter wonderland experience for both novice and experienced cross-country skiers. This trail combination gently winds through upland hardwood forest and wetland areas.

Winter Camping
Sixteen yurts provide roofed accommodation; or bring your tent or trailer for a more rustic experience. A heated comfort station with showers and flush toilets is open. Reservations are recommended for the yurts and campsites. It is suggested you contact the park before leaving home for weather and snow conditions. Reservations for the yurts must be made by calling 1-888-ONT-PARK (668-7275).

Skating - Skating through the trees on a 400 metre skating oval provides an outdoor experience unique to this park. Lit at night, here is a chance to fully enjoy winter.
Snowshoeing – Snowshoe trails are located in Nipissing Campground as well as on all unplowed roads and non-track set trails.

Snowmobiling - Allowed on park roads only.

Other
The Friends provide a weekend full of activities each Family Day Weekend (third weekend in February.)  Activities include scavenger hunts, hikes and Sparkle in the Park (evening skating).

Amenities

A very comfortable park with many amenities – year-round! Comfort stations in each campground, excellent Natural Heritage Education programs, a cozy Visitor Centre and both a Park Store and the Huron Fringe Gift Shop make experiencing this park a real treat! Barrier-free access is provided for camping and yurt accommodation and also trail access and the Visitor Centre.

Just the Facts

 
Comfort Station(s)

Showers are located at the comfort stations which are centrally located in each of the three campgrounds.

 
Flush Toilets

Flush toilets are located at the comfort stations which are centrally located in each of the three campgrounds as well as at the day-use area.

 
Barrier Free Access

Barrier-free access is provided at designated campsites, yurts, Visitor Centre, showers, flush toilets and the 1.2 km Huron Fringe Trail which has a boardwalk surface and circles the Visitor Centre.

 
Day Use Area

A day-use picnic area and beach with change rooms and comfort station are located north of the campgrounds. The Visitor Centre, trails and playground at the Camper’s Beach can be enjoyed by day-use visitors.

The park is open for day-use year round and fees are collected year round.

 
Laundry

Laundry facilities are located in each comfort station in Nipissing and Algonquin Campgrounds.

 
Rentals

Bikes are available for rent and trailer storage is also available for rent.

For a refundable deposit, you are able to borrow extension cords. Electrical pedestals are at times a distance from the site and may require cords that are longer than some people might bring.

 
Park Store

The Park Store carries basic camping supplies, groceries, firewood, ice, ice cream, snack foods, Ontario Parks’ clothing, souvenirs, and newspapers. It is conveniently located on the main park road.

 
Visitor Centre

Open daily from May through to September for a minimum of four hours per day. During July and August full interpretive programming is carried out.
The Visitor Centre offers displays, brochures, a camper’s library with field guides and nature lore and the Huron Fringe Shop operated by the Friends of MacGregor Point Park. Naturalist’s programs, conducted walks and a variety of children’s activities are regularly offered, providing visitors with excellent opportunities to learn first-hand about the park environment.

 
Pet Exercise Area

A pet exercise area is located adjacent to the day-use area.

Park Location

Campground Maps (online)

Online Map

Fire Ban

None

There is no fire ban at this time.

Boil Water

No

There is no boil water advisory at this time.

Beach Posting

No

There is no beach posting at this time.


MacGregor Point Provincial Park

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