Presqu’ile Provincial Park, on the north shore of Lake Ontario, has over 2.5 km of sandy beach, 12 km of trails through meadow, woodland and marsh and is a migration hotspot in spring and fall with over 336 bird species recorded. It is also a great place to see Monarch butterflies and is home to the second oldest operating lighthouse in Ontario.
Birds & Butterflies
Presqu’ile park is situated on a major flyway for migrating birds: waterfowl, warblers and shorebirds and is staging point for migrating monarchs. Local birders maintain an informative weekly birding report of birding activity in the Park.
Ontario’s Oldest Operating Lighthouse
The scenic centrepiece of Presqu’le is Ontario’s second-oldest operating lighthouse, located on the rocky shore of the Park’s eastern tip. In summer, visit the Lighthouse Interpretive Centre, to see a model of the lighthouse, and view a video presentation on a dramatic sinking of H.M.S.Speedy in 1804.
Trails of Presqu’ile
Presqu’ile was made for walking; its flat terrain and views of Lake Ontario attract walkers all year round. 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 ploughed 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 kilometres of traditional ‘off-road’ trails, including the Marsh Boardwalk, the Pioneer Trail and the Owen Point Trail. Click here for a helpful description and map of the trails.