We were fortunate to camp with close friends for the 150th Canada Day long weekend, and we went to Long Point Provincial Park, which I’ll refer to as LPPP going forward, to save time.
LPPP is located on the northwest shore of Lake Erie, near Port Rowan. My husband also camped at Backus Heritage Conservation Area, in the same area. I referred to LPPP as a peninsula, but it’s more accurately a spit, a narrow stretch of land jutting out into a body of water.
Our site was in the Monarch Campground. I’ve never experienced so much sand while camping… it took some getting used to. At Algonquin, the ground is rich soil, pine needles and tree sap. We spent a lot of time walking around barefoot, mostly because we could.
It was starting to rain a little when we got to the site, and setting up or tearing down in the rain is our least favourite thing to do. The humidity and the light sprinkling of rain brought an unbelievable amount of mosquitoes. It was difficult to focus on setting up because they were absolutely everywhere. We were literally swarmed.
Granted, this was extremely early in the season for us, too, so maybe the mosquito situation was a widespread issue because it was June-July. By the time we camp in Algonquin in August, mosquitoes are non-existent.
The drive from Hamilton is about an hour and a half. There wasn’t enough time the first night to set it up the way we wanted. We had to set up the basics and finish the rest the following day. Of course, after dousing ourselves in Muskol.
The men-folk had some errands to run and my friend and I decided we were just going to smack and kill any mosquitoes we could. My son, Caleb, helped and within 15-20 minutes, we were virtually bug-free. We washed up and got cooking. The kitchen tent became a refuge from the bugs whenever we’d had enough. We got used to the mosquito schedule and worked around it. Surprisingly, even though I found them to be highly irritating, I walked away with very few bites. I wore clothing too thick for mosquitoes to penetrate, so that might be another reason they were swarming my face.
After The Bugs
We spent a few hours at the beach until it clouded over. The beach is absolutely beautiful. The sand is so soft and clean, and it goes on for miles.
When it clouded over, we played some games. Our friends brought a good selection of games, and we brought a few as well because we knew rain was in the forecast. We played a game called Trains (a.k.a Mexican Trains from what I can see on a Google search). It involves dominoes and was actually pretty fun!
The thing I love about Ontario Parks is the standard firepits. I love having the grill over the fire for cooking. We ate very well all weekend. Both families brought a breakfast and a dinner, then fended for ourselves for anything else. We enjoyed BBQed chicken, pancakes and bacon, homemade chili done in a Dutch oven, and my awesome breakfast sandwiches.
We were very close to a water source and an outhouse. I don’t like them much but it was quite a hike to the comfort station, so we’d hold our nose and just go for it.
It was very windy. Growing up, I can’t recall many times when it wasn’t windy on Lake Erie. Before we went to the beach, what we thought was the wind was actually waves crashing into the shore. The waves were so loud the first two nights, it really didn’t matter how late we were up or how loud we were because the waves drowned out all the sound. We couldn’t hear anyone else, either, which surprised me, being a long weekend.
We spent pretty much the entire day at the beach on our last full day at LPPP. Our two kids had a total blast, and we buried both my son and my friend’s husband, in the sand and took pictures. Beautiful photos ops at the beach, for sure!
LPPP also offers a playground/park area for children, which is great! We brought our bikes, making it easier for our son to get around. I didn’t actually see the park for myself.
All in all, Long Point is definitely a place I’d camp again. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed LPPP, and being close to town was convenient for those little things we forgot, or for stocking up on beer.
We loved the sand, the sun and the sound of birds. It was great to be so close to the beach. It really was a terrific place to camp!
My one piece of advice to anyone considering camping at LPPP, make sure you’re ready for the fight against mosquitoes. Bring bug repellent with the maximum amount of DEET, and even better, get yourself a bug jacket.