Rondeau Provincial Park, located on the shores of Lake Erie is one of Ontario’s southern most provincial parks boasting beautiful fall scenes, a Monarch Butterfly Festival and incredible bird watching. So naturally, I had to check it out! It sounded like the perfect spot to find peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of Toronto, so, pack up the car and bring the tent, and join me on my adventure to Rondeau Provincial Park!
My first stop at Rondeau’s Visitor Center was to view the “Gathering” installation. This installation is a great way to learn about how the Indigenous people care for the land and see the culture of the Aamjiwnaang First Nations and Eelūnaapèewii Lahkèewiit
After I chased down all the butterflies I could, I enjoyed the fall colours on Spice Bush Trail. This 1.5km loop was fairly easy and I was able to see all sorts of frogs and insects. The boardwalk birdges, however, would prove to be my favourite as they highlighted the changing colours of the fall season. If you want to find the best times to get fall colours check out Ontario Parks’ scale here Ontario Parks’ Fall Colours Scale.
If you want to go swimming and enjoy unobstructed views, Rondeau certainly has lots of spots to do so! I decided to cool off in the waters of Lake Erie because one of the best parts about going on a vacation or camping trip is heading to the beach and Rondeau has 11 kilometers of them! It’s so easy to get to the beach from the campground using their 11 access trails, it’s perfect for a picnic or some suntanning! Please do not move any drift wood from the beaches or take home any pieces to remember Rondeau because this habitat is essential to protecting the endangered species such as the Fowler’s Toad and Common Five-lined Skink.
Just sitting at the shores of Lake Erie was not enough for me! So I decided to take a canoe hike; a canoe hike is where you get to take a canoe out on the water and explore Rondeau from the water! Canoe hikes are scheduled for specific times and interpreters trained to advanced ORCKA levels lead the trips for safety reasons. You can on the Rondeau Bay side, the waters of the bay tend to be a little calmer throughout the day. I found it amazing how calming being out on the water can be; the soft warm breeze, the sounds of the ebb and flow, the smell of the fresh water and the beautiful sight of the leaves beginning to change along the shoreline. Its almost like a dream!
With all the hiking and things to do I could have spent many more days at Rondeau Park enjoying nature and all that it has to offer! For more on Ontario’s Provincial Parks, check out Camping for First Timers.