Wheatley Provincial Park is the most southern campground in the Ontario Parks system. In fact, Point Pelee National Park, which is the most southern point in Canada, is just a short drive away. The impression that you get when entering Wheatley for the first time is that there are many great campsites nestled in a thick forest. In fact, you can hardly see any traces of campers and camping gear along some of the campground roads.
Environment: Wheatley Provincial Park is located near the town of Wheatley and Lake Erie in South-western Ontario. The park is situated in a Carolinian forest and offers a long (1.6 kilometre) beach with warm water.
Beach: The beach has plenty of parking facilities and a well-maintained playground. A small bluff runs along the beach so you will need to be careful when descending to the beach from the parking area. The bluff is not as steep at the west end of the beach.
Camping: There are 220 campsites that are split among four campgrounds (Boosey Creek, Highlands, Middle Creek and Two Creeks). Boosey Creek is in the densest area of the forest and this is the campground that you see when you enter the park. The other three campgrounds are located on the other side of Sugar Creek and are not as shady. The campsites in Highlands provide the least shade and can be hot in the summer. The Middle Creek and Two Creeks campgrounds have playgrounds.
Hiking: There are three options for hiking at Wheatley. My favourite is to just walk along the beach. A second option is to take the Two Creeks Trail, which runs from the Two Creeks campground across the creek and over to the south-western end of the beach. There is another trail that follows through a Carolinian forest and is accessible near the group camping area.
Point Pelee National Park: Many campers will use Wheatley as a base camp and day trip over to Point Pelee National Park, which is only about a 20-minute drive. Point Pelee is only open for day-use and is not provisioned for camping. If you have never been to Point Pelee, there is a large visitor centre, observation deck and countless hiking trails. The environment contains: Carolinian Forests, wetlands, marshes, open savannah, beaches and is a Mecca for birds and butterflies. You can easily spend two days touring Point Pelee National Park and it is time well spent.
Shopping: There is a small park store located at the park office. The town of Wheatley is just outside of the park boundary and offers everything that you will need.
In Conclusion: Wheatley generally has campsites available throughout the summer. The big draw to Wheatley is the long beach. If you combine a trip to Wheatley with day trips to Point Pelee National Park, you can definitely spend three to five nights at Wheatley.
My Park Rating: 3.5 out of 5