This summer, Naomi and I decided to brush off our passports and head up Canada’s Lake Huron Shores to Bruce Peninsula National Park, camping at MacGregor Point Provincial Park and other Provincial Parks along the way. Our first stop was Pinery Provincial Park before visiting MacGregor Point, Sauble Falls and finally Bruce Peninsula National Park. You can read about our pleasant time in Pinery here. Less than two hours north of Pinery, MacGregor Point Provincial Park was a lovely overnight stop with three campgrounds, a small Lake Huron swimming beach near our site, pleasant campground, gorgeous scenery along the large boardwalk, and well maintained hiking trails.
Arriving to MacGregor Point Provincial Park early in the afternoon, we quickly set up camp in the Nippising Campground and spent the day hiking the Old Shore Road Trail and lounging at the various benches along the shoreline boardwalk. The Old Shore Road Trail was also a lovely trail for my morning run. We also spent a nice amount of time at Sunset Point where we had the picnic area to ourselves while we took in the scenery. There are birds everywhere in the park and I especially loved seeing the many woodpeckers searching for food in the abundant trees. We also saw tons of tiny frogs hopping about the small shoreline puddles. Visiting MacGregor Point Provincial Park is perfect for families as the swimming beach was pleasant, the hiking trails are well maintained and the shower houses are clean. The small visitor’s center was packed with fun learning activities for kids of all ages and there is a playground near the swimming beach. Rangers do a great job keeping the park quiet at night as well. There are several radio free zones and quiet hours are strictly, though politely, enforced.
MacGregor Point Provincial Park
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I have never seen such an abundance of poison ivy as we saw throughout our trip up the Bruce Peninsula and we saw it all over MacGregor Point Provincial Park. Make sure when camping and hiking in the woods to watch for it. It was in the ground cover surrounding the campsites and shower houses and could be seen just off the trails throughout the park. As Naomi is quite sensitive to poison ivy, she made sure to wash with Tecnu Cleanser after hiking each day and she never developed a rash.
It is a good idea to reserve your site ahead of time. There were only a few open campsites during our midweek visit in August. Click here for reservations.
While we didn’t bring Luna, dogs were welcome at all of the Provincial Parks we visited this trip (Pinery, MacGregor Point and Sauble Falls) as well as Bruce Peninsula National Park. We saw happy camping dogs throughout the campground.
If you can, bring a bike to use during your visit to MacGregor Point Provincial Park. While we didn’t have ours, it would have been convenient and many campers had theirs. There are bike racks located throughout the park.
There is a small camp store located in the park that sold basic supplies such as ice, firewood and various snack items. A small selection of souvenirs were also available.
Make sure to bring a snorkel and mask if you head up this way! Naomi added it to our pack list and we had so much fun using it in the clear Lake Huron waters! The Mask/Snorkel/Fin Set we have are very basic and quite inexpensive but we’ve used them all over the place and it works great.
We especially enjoyed reading Great Lakes Shipwrecks & Survivals while traveling along Lake Huron and during our time in MacGregor Point Provincial Park. Part ghost story and part history, it is a fascinating read!
For more information about travel in the Bruce Peninsula, click here.