You asked for it! Here are a few things to do with your kids in Bruce County
MacGregor Point Provincial Park is located minutes outside of Port Elgin along the Lake Huron shoreline. It is an ecologically diverse outdoor treasure that can be enjoyed year-round and offers a variety of opportunities for viewing spectacular scenery, exploration, adventure, exercise, nature study and renewal.
Situated on a seven-kilometre stretch of coast on Lake Huron, MacGregor Point’s ecosystem consists of wetlands, former beach ridges, sand dunes, forests, silver maple swamps, cattail marshes, ponds, fens and bogs. Park interpreters offer guided walks through the eco system.
Activities offered at MacGregor Point;
- Natural Heritage Education
Winter Activities Include;
- Cross-country Skiing
- Winter Camping
- Outdoor Skating Loop
- Winter Birding
Day trip visits are welcomed.
Go Glamping in a Yurt!
What is a yurt? A yurt is an eight-sided, 16 foot diameter, tent-like structure installed on a wooden deck floor. It can accommodate up to six people and is accessible by vehicle. Each yurt is equipped with electric heat, electric outlet and florescent lighting; 4 chairs, a table and two sets of bunks to sleep six. There is also a fire pit, kitchen shelter, picnic tables and a propane barbeque with a side burner.
MacGregor Point Provincial Park has 12 Yurts available year round.
MacGregor features 360 campsites nestled in amongst nature. Well-separated and private campsites are available across three campgrounds within the park. Sections of the “Huron Campground” are radio-free zones!
Group camping sites available for 9-36 people.
Five designated bike trails can be found within the park and easily accessible. Need a bike? Various styles of bike can be rented at Martin’s Bike Shop in Southampton
More than 200 species of birds have been sighted at MacGregor Point which makes it a birders paradise. Birds that have been seen are - Nesting Warblers, the Black-Crowned Night Heron, the American Egret and numerous songbirds. Birding along the shores of Lake Huron is a recognized spring and fall migration route. The Huron Fringe Birding Festival is held annually on the first two weekends after the May long weekend. This birding and nature festival is filled with guided hikes concentrating on not only birds, but wildflowers, butterflies and insects. There are also workshops covering bird identification, nature photography, and evening events include illustrated programs featuring guest speakers, night hikes and "Owl Prowls".
Five easy and one moderate hiking trails have been developed within the park totaling over 15km of trails. Learn more about each trail on MacGregor’s site
Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
During the winter months explore one of their many trails in the park. 7km of set track cross country ski trail and 20 km of unplowed trails road and shoreline for snowshoeing await you. If you are new to these activities, get in touch with Thorncrest Outfitters in Southampton for rental and guiding options.
Skate Ontario’s first 400m skating loop during the winter months. The loop is open daily from 9:00am – 10:00pm with lights laminating the loop at night. 4 hour passes and full day passes available.
Several events take place throughouth the year at MacGregor. Events you can experience;
- Family Day Activities
- March Break Activities
- Huron Fringe Birding Festival
- Wild For The Arts Festival
- Halloween activities
Near by Restaurants:
Cooking on the barbeque and over the fire are great meal preparation options, but if you are looking for a break from cooking, there are great restaurants very close to the park.
Aunt Mabel’s Country Kitchen – 5084 Highway 21, Port Elgin, 866-868-2880
Sunrise Café - 235 Goderich St, Port Elgin, 888-864-3580
Rabbit Dash - 688 Goderich Street, Port Elgin, 226-453-3006
Allan’s Fireside Grill – 623 Green Street, Port Elgin 519-832-4745
Saffron, A Taste of the Exotic – 2-522 Goderich Street, Port Elgin, 519-832-9121
Ristorante Rosina – 698 Goderich Street, Port Elgin, 519-389-5977
Queen’s Bar & Grill – 603 Goderich Street, Port Elgin, 519-832-2041
Wismer House - 705 Goderich Street, Port Elgin, 519-832-5565
Outlaw Brew Co. - 196 High St , Southampton, 519-797-1515
A visit to MacGregor Point isn't complete unless you stop by the Visitor Centre. It is the hub of all educational and interpretive programs in the park and offers:
- Hands on Discovery Boxes designed for kids or adults.
- Live displays and interpretive exhibits relevant to the natural and cultural resources found within MacGregor Point Provincial Park.
- Information about "things to do" in the local area.
- The Huron Fringe Gift Shop - a nature gift shop ( Which has great rates on snowshoes! ).
- Self-directed programs
• Back Pack Lending Program.
• Digital Trail Guide - download a trail guide for the Old Shore Road Trail onto your MP3 Player
• PFD Loan Program.
Come and relax with nature!. People of all ages and abilities enjoy short walks, day hikes, and long-distance backpacking journeys.
MacGregor Point Provincial Park
1593 Bruce Road 33,
Port Elgin Ontario
Experience winter camping like never before in the comfort of a yurt!
Snowmobile some of the most unique and diverse trails in Ontario!
Skate Ontario's first 400m skating loop only at MacGregor Point Provincial Park
Bring some bird foot and see if you can get a Chickadee or Nuthatch to eat from your hand - they're notorious for it here!
Stay out of the cold this winter and explore the local arts and culture in Southampton.
Glide through a Provincial Park, join a moonlight ski, warm up in the Colpoy's trail cabin.
Purchase a Membership to enjoy year round adult and family programs, exhibits and special events!
Untracked trails, winter-accessible parks & frozen forests beckon snowshoe enthusiasts
The Bruce Trail is stunning in the winter. Grab your friends or family and explore the most dramatic section of the world-famous foot path. Don't forget your camera!
White sand, dramatic rock formations, sunken ships! - Start planning your epic road tour to Bruce County!