Wheatley does not have any dedicated bicycle trails but roads throughout the park are easily cycled. The park is an excellent stopping point during a cycle tour along the north shore of Lake Erie.
Wheatley Provincial Park is located on a major migratory bird route and therefore provides excellent bird watching opportunities. During spring and fall migrations you can view a variety of warblers, hawks, thrushes and flycatchers. Or watch herons and egrets wade in the shallows of creeks that wind their way through the park.
To enhance your birding experience, Point Pelee National Park and Rondeau Provincial Park and the ferry to Pelee Island is all within a short drive from the park.
Take the day to participate in the Norm Chesterfield Bird Hike, held annually around Mother’s Day to commemorate this local birding legend!
Wheatley is the site of a secluded coastal estuary, where a tangle of creeks flows through a southern style Carolinian forest. Paddle two loops through Boosey Creek to Sugar Creek; approximately 3.2 km.
Boosey Creek and Sugar Creek provide great opportunities for fishing. Kids love to dip their lines and see what they can catch. The park participates in the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Tackleshare program where you can borrow a fully rigged rod and reel. What a great way to introduce them to fishing!
Lake Erie also provides great fishing opportunities; smelt, perch, pickerel, and rainbow trout are some of the main species found. You can venture out in your boat from the public boat launch or just fish off the pier at Wheatley Harbour; within minutes of the park.
For some fishing fun, Wheatley runs an annual kids fishing derby usually held the last weekend in August. You can call the park at (519) 825-4659 for more information.
Two hiking trails are located in the park. One along the landlocked creek system and the other winds through a mature Carolinian forest of oak, hickory, Tulip, Sassafras, chestnut and Black Gum trees.
There is approximately 1.6 km of sandy beach along the stretch of our day-use area. There are no specific changing facilities although there is a comfort station and vault toilets. Swimming areas are not marked with buoys and you will find water to be deep in some areas.
Please note: there are no lifeguards posted at the beach and pets are not permitted. There is a pet swimming area at the north end of the beach.