About the Park
- Where to
- The Huron Fringe Gift Shop
does not sell ice. Ice can be purchased at the Park Store during their operating hours.
- Where to
- The Huron Fringe Gift Shop
does not sell firewood. Firewood can be purchased at the Park Store during their operating hours.
- Where is the beach?
The man beach within
MacGregor Point is Camper’s Beach. Locate between the Visitor Centre and
Nipissing Campground. There is a parking lot for the beach or you can enjoy the
leisurely 5-minute walk from the Visitor Centre. Click here for more information.
- Can I bring my dog onto the beach?
Unfortunately no dogs are
allowed on Camper’s Beach. There are two other areas within the park designated
for dog use. The first being the Dog Exercise Area just south of the Huron
Campground, which can be accessed from the Old Shore Rd. trail. The second area
for dogs is the Day-Use Area. These areas do have areas of large rocky outcrops
so your full supervision is suggested.
- Where is a good spot to see the sunset & at what time?
Almost anywhere along the
Lake Huron shoreline is a great spot to enjoy the sunset although Sunset Point
does offer some of the best views and most seating areas. For specific times of
when the sunset will be occurring today, please visit: www.Sunsets.com
- Where can we fish/hunt within the park?
- Both hunting and fishing
are not permitted within the boundaries of MacGregor Point. There are many good
places to fish within the local area and more information about each of the
best locations can be found at: Explore
the Bruce - Fishing
About the Animals
- Do you have Bears in the park?
Black Bears have been seen within
MacGregor Point from time to time. These bears often simply pass through the
park, stopping only to forage and sleep before heading on their way. Currently
there are no known resident bears within MacGregor Point. For more information
about safe camping within active bear territory, please visit: Bearwise
- What do I do if I see a Bear?
If you happen to come
across a Black Bear while visiting MacGregor Point please try to stay calm.
Black Bears are opportunistic foragers and their diet typically consists of
berries, nuts, insects and carrion. Attacks on humans are extremely rare, especially in Southern
Ontario, and respecting the bear’s personal space is the best way to avoid a
confrontation. Please visit Bearwise for more information.
- Do you have Coyotes in the park?
Yes there is an active
coyote population within the local area and from time to time we do have
evidence or sightings of coyotes within the park.
- I saw/heard this animal in the park. What is it?
If you have an animal
sighting you are unsure of or would like to inform someone of an animal you’ve
seen, please come down to the Visitor Centre and speak with the Natural
Heritage Education staff. They are always willing to assist you with
identification and provide any additional information they may have regarding
the species you encountered. If you can, take a picture!
About the Plants
- What flowers can I pick/collect?
Since MacGregor Point is
classified as a Natural Environment Park, collecting any natural vegetation
from within MacGregor Point is strictly prohibited. We encourage you to take
pictures of your favourite floral species and share them with your friends,
families, and us (if you would like to share your picture with us please send
us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org).
While out on the trail please remember the Naturalist code: Take only pictures and leave only
- Can I down trees for firewood?
Removing any living
vegetation from MacGregor Point Provincial Park is strictly prohibited and is a
punishable offence. Firewood can be purchased at the Park
Store during normal operating hours. Please report any non-staff members that
are cutting or knowingly damaging trees to the Park Duty Officer, Campground Host,
Visitor Centre or Permit Office Staff as soon as possible.
- Can I burn downed trees for firewood?
trees play a very important role in the health and biodiversity of a forest
ecosystem. As a downed tree decays it is creating homes for insects, providing
food for microorganisms (decomposers), and eventually restoring vital nutrients
to the soil, thus allowing new growth to prosper. Please leave all downed trees
and logs where you find them or simply move them off of the trail or campsite
if they have become an obstruction.
- What is that tall beach grass all over Camper's Beach?
That tall beach grass is
known as Common Reed, Phragmites
australis australis, or more commonly as simply PHRAG. Phragmites is an
invasive plant species that is fast growing, persistent and incredibly
difficult to control (especially over bodies of water). For more information
about Phragmites and the other invasive plants within MacGregor Point, CLICK
- What does Poison Ivy look like?
has lance shaped leaves that grow in clusters of three, with the central leaf almost
always having a slightly longer stalk than the others. It often looks droopy
and can be found along the edges of trails, roads, campsites, playing fields
and parking lots. Come down to the Visitor Centre for a closer look or CLICK HERE for more information.
- What do I do if I have touched/contacted Poison Ivy?
think you may have contacted poison ivy it is important to wash the area of
contact immediately. Nothing fancy, just cold water and dish soap. Warm water
will open the pores of your skin and spread the oils thus creating a larger
Where to go ___?
- Where is a good restaurant for Dinner?
many good restaurants in the local area. Please visit our Links page for more
- What is there to do in the community out of the Park?
many trails, museums, art galleries and landmarks to see within driving
distance of the park. For more information, check out our Links page.
- Is there a better beach nearby?
There are many quality beaches within driving
distance of MacGregor Point.
A few worth mentioning are:
(while camping your permit gets you free Day-Use at any
- Port Elgin
- If you would like to visit a beach that is not on
this list, please visit our Visitor Centre staff for more information about what
beaches are nearby and directions on how to get there
Other Parks nearby?
- Are there other parks &/or conservation areas nearby?
Yes, in fact there are lots! The list below is by no
means complete but it does offer some of the more popular choices for natural
areas nearby. If you would like more information about a park or conservation
area not on this list, please visit the Visitor Centre and ask a staff member;
they are always happy to help.
Falls Provincial Park
Peninsula National Park
Five National Marine Park
Farms Provincial Park
- Do I have to pay the Day-Use fee there too?
purchase your camping permit from Ontario Parks, you can now enter any other provincial
park in Ontario for Day-Use. However, this is not the same for conservation
areas or national parks, which may charge for day-use of their grounds.