If you like the Lake Huron beaches at The Pinery or Sauble Beach, but want a beach that doesn’t get as busy, try Inverhuron Provincial Park. Inverhuron offers a great beach with spectacular sunsets in a quieter setting.
Environment: Inverhuron Provincial Park is located along Lake Huron between Kincardine and Southampton. The highlight of Inverhuron is the beach and sand dunes. Inverhuron was established in 1956, however it was closed down between 1976-2005. The nearby Bruce Nuclear Plant constructed a “Heavy Water Deuterium Oxide” plant, which caused safety issues for camping. The Bruce Nuclear Plant closed and decommissioned its Heavy Water plant in 1998. Susequently Inverhuron was opened for public use in 2005.
Beach: The one-kilometre long beach is quite nice. In fact if most people consider the best Lake Huron beaches to be at The Pinery and Sauble Beach, Inverhuron gets my vote as being the third best. The beaches at MacGregor Point and Point Farms aren’t quite as nice as Inverhuron. An added benefit is that the Inverhuron beach is very close to the campgrounds and yes, within walking distance.
Camping: There are only 125 campsites and all campsites have hydro available.
Hiking: There is only one trail in the park. The Scenic Drive Trail (approximately four-kilometres long) follows along the Lake Huron shoreline and then cuts through parklands back towards the park office. The nice feature about this trail is that it is easily accessible from the beach, park office and even the campsites.
Shopping: The park store offers limited supplies, however there is plenty of shopping just outside of the park. Kincardine and Southampton are both in the area and worth visiting.
The Bruce Nuclear Power Plant: The visitor centre is only five minutes away by vehicle and is worth seeing on a cold or wet day.
In Conclusion: The July-August occupancy rate for 2009 was 81%, meaning this park will be very difficult to get into without a reservation, as it has one of the highest occupancy rates in the Ontario Parks system. If you are looking for quiet time by the beach and spectacular evening sunsets, this park is a great choice.
My Park Rating: 3.5 out of 5