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Long Point, Ontario

Long Point, is located along the north shore of Lake Erie in Norfolk County. Extending 40 kms into Lake Erie, Long Point is a sand spit formation, created by water borne sediments swept eastward and deposited along an underwater glacial moraine. Long Point also contains some of the largest remaining forest tracts in "Carolinian Canada".

There are approximately 3,500 year round residents at Long Point. During the summer the population increases substantially. Some of the finest beaches in the area are found at Long Point. Long Point Provincial Park, established in 1921 has been designated a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve because of its biological significance. Long Point is one of the top bird watching destinations in North America. The Long Point Bird Observatory was founded in 1960 to monitor and research birds on Long Point.

During the mid 1800's ship travel on the Great Lakes was increasing. Before modern navigation devices, Long Point was a landmark for ships traveling across Lake Erie. Ships would also use the inner bay as a safe refuge during storms on Lake Erie. Long Point Peninsula has claimed more ships than the Bermuda Triangle. Over 200 shipwrecks are scattered along the coast and inner bay making it a popular diving location.

Places to Explore

Backhouse Heritage Conservation Area
Hillman Marsh
Long Point Provincial Park
Point Pelee National Park
Port Burwell Provincial Park
Rock Point Provincial Park
Ruthven Park, National Historic Site
Taquanyah Conservation Area
Vittoria Conservation Area
Wintering Site, National Historic Site

Ontario Towns and Cities

Long Point, Ontario
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