Facts:


  1. Bullet2.5 km sandy beach

  2. 16 km of trails and paths along shorelines and through woodlands and meadows

  3. A migration hotspot in spring and fall, 336 bird species recorded with 130 breeding species

  4. 1 km marsh boardwalk trail accessing the largest protected marsh on the north shore of Lake Ontario

  5. Two Visitor Centres; Nature Centre open daily in summer and the Lighthouse Centre open daily in summer and on weekends in the spring and fall

  6. Made on a MacDaily interpretive programs in the summer

  7. BulletSecond oldest operating lighthouse in Ontario

  8. BulletWorld class spring bird migration – waterfowl in March, warblers and shorebirds in May.

  9. Bullet1905 - Presqu’ile summer hotel opened in Calf Pasture. Summer Hotel.pdf

 

Presqu'ile Provinical Park

Presqu’ile was made for walking;

Its flat terrain and views of Lake Ontario attract walkers all year. A favourite route for many is the paved one-way driving loop (Lighthouse Lane and Paxton Drive) around the peninsula.  This road has a designated walking/bike lane and is plowed in the winter.  This is still a road however and walkers are urged to be cautious, particularly in the busy summer months.  For those wanting a more natural experience Presqu’ile has 12 km of traditional “off-road” trails.  All trails are clearly marked with coloured plastic blazes and are cleared of deadfall on a regular basis. walking_trails.pdf


Jobes’ Woods Trail – 1.0 km, 30 minutes, loop, easy
This trail winds through an area that was once part of a farm settled by Thomas and Ezekial Jobes in 1835.  This part of their farm remained relatively undisturbed by settlement activity and today contains one of the oldest deciduous woodlots at Presqu’ile.


The trail passes by towering old maples, vernal pools crossed by boardwalks, conifer plantations, and an old field which is filling in with ash trees after a century of use by the Jobes family.  An interpretive guide introducing visitors to the ecology of the Jobes’ forest is available at the trailhead or can be downloaded here: jobes_woods_trail_guide.pdf


Owen Point Trail – 1.6 km, 45 minutes, loop, easy
This trail offers excellent opportunities to see migrating shorebirds along the natural beach and distant views of the waterbird colonies on their island nesting grounds.  The trail can be accessed from the south end of the beach or from the west end of High Bluff Campground. 


To avoid disturbing migrating birds, the natural beach is closed to foot traffic between ice-out and ice-in, but the trail provides a number of lookouts allowing views of the entire shore. In addition, pets are not allowed on this trail at any time.  To protect the nesting waterbirds, access to Gull and High Bluff Islands is closed from March 10 to September 10 inclusive.  Gull Island can usually be accessed by foot after September 10 from Lookout #5 of the Owen Point Trail.


An interpretive guide to the ecology of the point and the islands is available at the trailhead or can be downloaded here:owen_point_trail_guide.pdf


Marsh Trail – 1.2 km, 30 minutes, loop, easy
This trail includes 800 m of boardwalk complete with two viewing towers and a teaching platform (great for picnics too!) that takes visitors into the marsh.  Sixteen interpretive panels along the trail illustrate the story of the marsh and its inhabitants.  The boardwalk portion of the trail is barrier-free.


Pioneer and Newcastle Trails – 8.1 km, 3 hours, two interconnected loops, easy
These trails lead you through the forests, plantations and old fields found in the heart of the Presqu’ile peninsula.  Along these trails you will encounter a diversity of plants and wildlife in the mature beech-maple forest, old fields and early succession forest which dominate this area of the park.

The Pioneer Trail is 3.8 km and marked by yellow plastic blazes.  The Newcastle Trail is 4.3 km and is marked by orange plastic blazes.  The trailhead for both trails is halfway along Lighthouse Lane, though there are a number of other access points along both trails.  Both trails use park roadways for part of their length so be cautious of vehicles and monitor children running ahead on the trail.


Lighthouse Foot Path – 300 m, 20 minutes, loop, easy
This loop connects the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre with the lighthouse itself.  There are great views of Lake Ontario and Presqu’ile Bay, with waterfowl in winter and spring, and a cool breeze in summer.  Interpretive panels illustrate the history of the area.


Cemetery Trail – 300 m, 15 minutes, linear, easy
This path connects the cemetery interpretive panel at the Camp Office parking lot with the site of an abandoned pioneer cemetery.  The site itself is marked with a commemorative granite boulder, though no other evidence remains.