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MacGregor Point Provincial Park

Posted: June 5, 2007

BikersArticle and photographs by Allsion Kennedy

MacGregor Point Provincial Park is well known for its beautiful shoreline access to Lake Huron. The expanse of beach within the park is a hot spot in the summer months, and it takes on a new beauty in the winter months.

The waves freeze into an arctic landscape while the water beyond remains a rich blue. Winter is definitely an equally exciting time to visit MacGregor Point.

Within the park there are several trails to choose from that can accommodate cross-country skiers and snowshoers.

The Huron Fringe Trail is 1.2 kilometres in length and features several boardwalk sections that provide views of dunes, wetlands and forest.

The Old Shore Road Trail is 6 km in length and runs along the lakeside. From this trail you can access the beach as well as campgrounds.

The Lake Ridge Trail is a 4 km loop that takes you through hardwood forest and cedar groves. This trail can be rough in spots and offers backcountry skiing conditions.

The Tower Trail, is a 3.5 km loop that provides great waterfowl viewing opportunities. Watch for pileated woodpeckers, herons and ducks. Climb the observation tower and take in the view.

The Deer Run Bike Trail is 3.7 km long and is a safe route for cyclists in the summer to enjoy the park with minimal road crossings. In winter, it is an access point for the Nipissing Bluff Ski Trail.

The Nipissing Bluff Ski Trail connects with the Deer Run Trail to provide 4 km of great cross-country skiing or off road cycling. There are two loops to choose from: the 1.6 km loop that runs along the top of the bluff or the 3.0 km loop that takes you through the hardwood forest and wetland areas.

Snowmobiles are permitted in the park, but only on roadways. A larger trail system is available nearby.

Winter is an excellent time to see wildlife in the park. Mink, raccoons, snowshoe hare, mice and red squirrels are often spotted. Watch for discarded deer antlers that smaller mammals feed on during the winter months.

For those who are a little skittish about winter camping, MacGregor Point has 12 yurts available for rent. A yurt is an eight-sided tent-like structure that is both heated and insulated. Your yurt is equipped with a table and chairs, bunk beds, lights and windows. It's a luxury camping experience. For reservations call 1-888-668-7275 or visit the Yurt's page at www.ontarioparks.com (direct link) for more information.

Volunteers leave birdseed along wooden railings in the park. As a result, winter birds like chickadees can often be seen close up, taking advantage of the free meal. Chickadees can be handfed at the visitors centre.

The park itself is open year round, and has a full range of facilities available in the winter months. Be sure to check in at the main office for more information.

Washrooms and the comfort station are open providing campers with an opportunity to wash up.

For those who are a little skittish about winter camping, MacGregor Point has ten yurts available for rent. A yurt is an eight-sided tent-like structure that is both heated and insulated. Your yurt is equipped with a table and chairs, bunk beds, lights and windows. Itıs a luxury camping experience. Yurts rent for $60 a night, with a minimum two-night stay. For more information call 1-888-668-7275.

Uses: In summer, MacGregor Point Provincial Park provides an excellent network of hiking and cycling trails. In the winter, these trails are great for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Snowmobiles are permitted on park roads only but an extensive trail network exists just outside the park boundaries.

Trail Length: There are approximately 20 km of trail within the park consisting of a variety of loops and linear trails. Trails range from 0.8 km to 6 km in length.

Directions: MacGregor Point Provincial Park is located just south of Port Elgin on the shore of Lake Huron. Watch for signs along Highway 21 for park entrances.

Groomed/ungroomed: The trails themselves are not groomed. Roadways within the park are generally well packed by snowmobiles and other users.

Trail Fee: Day use fees for the park vary according to the season. Season passes are available. For current fees visit www.ontarioparks.com

Trail Highlight: Beautiful views of the Lake Huron shoreline.

For Reservations call 1-888-668-7275
For information call 1-800-ontario
For Fees visit the MacGregor Park page on www.ontarioparks.com

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