It turns out you don’t need a Caribbean vacation to get in a quality beach day. In fact, you can visit a glorious beach right here in Ontario with an ancient coral reef and it's the perfect tropical adventure for summer. So if you can’t wait to get out and explore, be sure to add Rock Point Provincial Park to your bucket list.
Located just over an hour away from Toronto in Dunnville, Ont., this ancient coral reef dates back 350 million years.
Isn’t that incredible? That's even longer ago than 2019 feels at the moment.
Fossils of the reef are embedded along the limestone shelf of the beach and it’s a truly beautiful sight to soak in.
As wondrous as all of that sounds, Rock Point Provincial Park actually has so much more for you to discover.
You’ll find a couple of short and sweet hiking trails and over 260 bird species throughout the park.
In the fall you’ll also see tons of beautiful monarch butterflies flutter by as they migrate south.
At the time of writing, Rock Point is closed for visitors, but it’s never too early to start planning your future summer adventures.
And remember, you don’t need tons of cash or a passport to get those vacay vibes.
The beach at Rock Point is about one kilometre long and is covered in a combination of sand and small pebbles.
Above the beach, you’ll find elevated viewing platforms so you can get an impressive look at Lake Erie and the stunning sand dunes below.
This platform can be accessed from the park's 2 km Woodlot Trail.
That's a short and sweet hike that will have you admiring the wetlands around you along the way.
Rock Point is also a popular camping destination in the warmer months, so you could easily stay the weekend once campsites open up again.
Honestly, we’re ready to pack our bags already.
So if you’re seeking fun summer squad adventures, consider a trip to this provincial park.
After all, it’s not your average day at the beach!
Rock Point Provincial Park
Price: Starting at $10.84
Address: 215 Niece Rd., Dunnville, ON
Why You Need To Go: You could explore a beautiful ancient coral reef without leaving the province.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.