Profile Last Updated: May 06, 2008
Comprised of a seven-kilometre stretch off the shoreline of Lake Huron near Port Elgin, MacGregor Point Provincial Park is a complex ecosystem of wetlands, forests and sand dunes. Known as the Huron Fringe, MacGregor Point’s distinctive environs are owed to glaciers that covered southern Ontario over 12,000 years ago. Glacial lakes were created, and over time receded to become wetlands, beach ridges and dunes. With woodlands, silver maple swamps, cattail marshes, ponds and sandy beaches, MacGregor is home to a variety of wildlife, including carnivorous plants, spotted turtles, white-tailed deer, butterflies, snakes, porcupines, beavers and numerous amphibians. Over 200 bird species have been sighted, and each spring celebrates the return of songbirds during the Huron Fringe Birding Festival.
Five hiking trails, varying from 20 minute jaunts to four hour treks, provide great opportunities to view the flora and fauna first-hand. Other park activities include biking, boating, swimming, fishing, as well as canoeing and kayaking. For the colder months, visitors can stay active with cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
Three campgrounds totaling 360 campsites are available by reservation or on a first-come first-serve basis at MacGregor Point. All sites are private, well separated and have a level ground surface. Of these, 130 are electric, and MacGregor Point offers 10 yurts equipped with heat and lighting, bunk beds, barbecue and can accommodate up to six people. Centrally located comfort stations provide showers, flush toilets and laundromats. The Park Store carries basic camping supplies, food and snacks, souvenirs and newspapers. Bikes, tents and trailer storage are also available for rental.