Black Creek Provincial Park
Very nice secluded white sand beach
Is one of the Province's best
If you ask most Ontarian's about Black Creek Provincial Park they'll most likely talk about Black Creek Pioneer Village in the GTA. Few have ever heard of this little 286-hectare (707 acre) park on the shores of Lake Huron just south of Stoke's Bay on Myle's Bay.
Centred around a beaver swamp the main attraction here is the beautiful white sandy Black Creek Beach and shallow warm waters that make it perfect for swimming.
Known as Old Woman River Beach by natives as it is located by the nearby settlement of Old Woman's River. It also lies about 10 minutes west of Lion's Head along Ferndale Road/County Road #9. The beach is in fact, one of the best on the entire Bruce Peninsula.
This a day use park that is classified as a natural environment park and thus is not monitored. There are limited facilities that include:
- Parking for 30 cars
- change rooms
- picnic tables
- a dock
- 9.4 kilometres (5 miles) of hiking trails
Check out this video of the park below:
Location of Black Creek Provincial Park
How to get to Black Creek Provincial Park:
The park is located approximately halfway up the Bruce Peninsula
across Highway # 6 from the village of Lion's Head
. The only option to get here is by car.
- Navigate to Highway #6
- Turn onto Ferndale Road/County Road #9 and head west
- Turn right onto Stokes Bay Road
- Turn left into the park
Activities at Black Creek Provincial Park
Take one of the best white sand beaches in the area and couple it with warm shallow water offshore and you have the recipe for a hot tourist destination right? Well for some reason this isn't the case as the park is used for the most part by locals only and remains unknown to most others. It is a shame though as the swimming conditions are marvelous.
Note that the park in unsupervised and no lifeguards will be present. In fact, apart from extra hot summer days you may be the only one present in the park if you visit.
The beach also offers wonderful views of the many tiny islands located just offshore.
Aside from the beach, the other main attraction is the large beaver pond complex located right in the heart of the park. Spend a while walking around the pond and you'll most likely see one of Canada's iconic creatures.
The park also features an ecosystem unlike any other on the Peninsula. The result makes it a hotspot for bird watchers and a few species can be spotted here that are unlikely to be seen elsewhere including:
- Golden-crowned Kinglet
- Magnolia Warbler
- Olive-sided Flycatcher
Other animals that you may see at the park include:
Canoeing and Sea Kayaking
- White-tailed deer
The shallow sheltered waters and many small islands just offshore make for a paddlers bonanza. Disembark on one of the secluded islands and have a picnic all by yourself under these idyllic conditions. One of the best places to launch a canoe on this part of the Peninsula, there are rentals available at the some of the private cottages and resorts in the area and a boat dock is available within the park itself.
The park has limited picnic tables but more that likely one will be available if you visit. Catching a cool breeze off Lake Huron while sitting on the beautiful beach is a great way to spend a summer day.
Even if you stop off for only a quick visit, the natural beauty you will encounter will definitely make it worthwhile.
There are also a number of hiking trails in the park totalling 9.4 kilometres (5miles) with all leading to either the beaver pond or beach. All are very easy to traverse and are suitable for all ages.
For those following one of the Bruce cycling routes a visit to the park falls along the secondary Lighthouses North route from Lion's Head to Cabot Head. By following this scenic route it now becomes extended to about 100 kilometres (60 miles) in length for a round trip.
Of course you can this route can be combined with 1 or more others for those seeking a full cycling holiday.
While there is not a lighthouse per se inside the park the rocky shoals and small islands just offshore have always made for treacherous navigation. To help alleviate danger two range lights have been erected on a couple of the larger islands:
These can be visited while conducting the Lion's Head portion of the lighthouse tours and are in fact located only about 15 minutes away from the Lion's Head lighthouse. For more information visit: www.brucecoastlighthouses.com
The park is regularly used by snowshoer's and cross-country skiers during the long winter months. Note that the trails are un-groomed though.
Serenity, beautiful scenery, a magnificent beach and best of all, you will most likely have it all to yourself. Black Creek Provincial Park should definitely fall on your plans if visiting the Bruce Peninsula
. While usually overlooked as visitors immediately head for the bigger National Parks this is a true gem of the region.
If you are just planning on heading to the more northern attractions in the Tobermory area I suggest you take the turn-off for Stoke's Bay on either the way up or way home and make the 10 minute journey down to the park if even to spend only an hour or so.
If you are visiting Lion's Head
on the other side of Highway #6 than a trip to Black Creek Provincial Park should definitely be on your itinerary as it is only about 15 minutes away. With one of the best beaches in the Province it's hard to believe that this park is as unknown as it is. Not as isolated as it may seem on the map the park definitely warrants consideration for a visit and if the weather is favorable you definitely won't regret it.
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