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Selkirk Provincial Park on Lake Erie
Ontario, Tourism, Travel Guide
Selkirk Provincial Park
Selkirk, Ontario N0A 1P0
Beginning of May to beginning of October (please call if in doubt)
The Selkirk Provincial Park in Southwest Ontario
Another beautiful Provincial Park which we have discovered on Lake Erie. As usual, cottages are not offered here. I believe none of the Provincial Parks wants to get so commercialized which is a good decision.
If you travel along Lake Erie and need a break, stop here and purchase a day pass. Enjoy the great nature and the shallow warm water of the lake.
We plan to use our little tent and stay here for a few days in 2009.
We are both attracted by the marsh area and want to explore that with a rented boat. Elizabeth, my wife, is an animal lover and certainly she will take many pictures of birds and all the other creatures which we will discover here.
Registration office with a little store for essentials.
My first visit of the Selkirk Provincial Park was beginning of June.
I was so pleased that I came back with Elizabeth who loved it also immediately. We were told that swimming was only banned two times in the past 18 years.
This is an excellent record compared to other areas of Lake Erie.
We also did not see any anybody demonstrating their skills on a power boat close the beach. The shallow water is obviously the reason for that.
This is good for children, but swimmers have to walk out 50-75 meters to get to the sandbar. Please do this carefully, because close to the shore the beach is stony.
When you approach Selkirk Provincial Park you will see some big chimneys. They belong to an old big coal fired power plant which is not operating any longer.
Now wind power and solar energy are spreading.
The park is perfect for little hiking tours
Even elderly people can do a leisurely walk here
Always protect yourself against the sun!
As I already said the beach is stony. This is typical for many places on Lake Erie.
If you are brave and make it to the deeper section the ground will be sandy. Naturally, the other way would be better - but that is nature.
Canoes and other small boats can be launched here, but you also can rent one. Explore the marsh for animals.
Numerous wetlands have been destroyed in the past. Now many people and organizations do lots of volunteer work to protect them.
Everything looked clean - a sign of good care.
North Americans love to watch birds and take pictures of them. It is a wide spread hobby.
Elizabeth became already addicted and feeds them in our garden. The problem is that the colony of stray cats loves them too despite all the food which she puts out for them.
In the meantime I got the feeling that all the animals in our garden made a peace agreement. No more left overs from birds or squirrels!
I think the birds have a pretty good refuge in the marsh - at least they should be save from cats there. Also the bird house provide a save home for breeding.
Did you know that we have humming birds in Ontario? I was surprised when I saw the first ones.
An apartment for birds
Ontario has finally started to protect nature better. The excessive use of pesticides is now questioned and even a "Green Belt" has been created in our area.
In order to achieve a greener environment, education is needed as well as laws. Please obey the few restriction in our Provincial Parks.
They are all listed and explained in the little brochure which you get when you enter the park.
You will see when you walk through the park that many people have trailers here which they use either after work or on weekends. Everything is kept clean and nice.
During our two visits it was also always quiet and peaceful.
Wild flowers - please do not pick them!
Almost everywhere something is provided for children. Occasionally I think even it is too much. Children have to learn proper behavior in the world of adults in time. This applies especially for restaurants when you cannot enjoy a meal because nobody disciplines them.
I believe that the Provincial Parks offer the right balance.
The kids always behaved properly and the parents took good care of them. Then it is a pleasure to watch them playing outdoors and having fun.
The playground for kids
Are they poisonous?
Finally it is protected
Showers and washrooms
Canadians are proud of their country and they are not ashamed to show this all the time - not only at sport events.
Canada is also aware that qualified immigrants are needed and I think our country is very successful in integrating them.
Especially in the medical field we would face a disaster without foreign doctors. However, some of the "refuges" jeopardize the good programs. They should not be accepted to stay.
Wherever you come from, Canadians will normally treat you with respect. They are friendly and helpful. Don't be shy to ask anybody if you need help.
It makes vacation or a business trip much more enjoyable when you have some social contacts. I made this experience in many countries.
Obey Canadian laws. For example many things which are normal in Europe are not allowed here. For example, do not walk around with a bottle of beer or wine, if you are invited do not smoke unless your host does it, don't take your top of on the beach etc. Become used that everybody wants to know your first name.
A home for the summer
Lots of free space at the beginning of June
We will visit more Provincial Parks and we will include them in our travel guide. We do not want to replace the official web sites for the park in Ontario. We just want to show you more pictures and our own experience.
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