Located south of Toronto, Selkirk Provincial Park is a pristine nature reserve tucked against the shores of Lake Erie. The park sits amid the marshland and pine groves, with a narrow creek dividing the park in two. You’ll find excellent fishing in Sandusk Creek, with ample catfish and carp. You can also venture out onto Lake Erie if you want some bigger catches. The creek is a popular canoeing and kayaking route, and you can also explore the shore of the lake.
Although small, Selkirk Provincial Park has several hiking trails and nature viewing opportunities. Wheeler’s Walk Trail is a mile-long boardwalk route that takes you along Sandusk Creek and through a white pine plantation. The area is known for its great variety of birds, many of which pass through during migration season in the spring and fall. The park also offers a number of interpretive programs for kids if you visit during the summer.
There is an onsite RV campground that has sites that can accommodate large pull-through trailers. The majority of sites have electrical hookups, and you’ll have access to modern amenities at the centrally located comfort station.
RV Rentals in Selkirk Provincial Park
Transportation in Selkirk Provincial Park
Selkirk Provincial Park is located in southern Ontario, just a short drive from Toronto, Buffalo, and Detroit. RV campers should have few issues accessing the campground near the park, as many major roads service the area.
If you are coming from Toronto, take ON-403 south out of the city to ON-6, and you’ll reach the park in a little over an hour and a half. From Buffalo, take Haldimand 3, and you’ll get to the park in an hour and a half. From Detroit, take ON-401 east from the city, and you’ll get to the park in around three and a half hours.
The main entrance to Selkirk Provincial Park is right off Wheeler Rd. The road is straight and wide, so large RVs should have few issues navigating to the campground. If you come during the colder months of the year, be prepared for ice on the roads.
Campgrounds and parking in Selkirk Provincial Park
Campsites in Selkirk Provincial Park
Selkirk Provincial Park Campground
The onsite campground at Selkirk Park has four areas, two of which are RV friendly. Areas 2 and 4 have RV sites with electrical hookups, and they can accommodate large pull-through trailers. A central comfort station in Area 2 provides showers, flush toilets, and laundry facilities. You’ll have access to drinking water at all of the campground areas. Pets are allowed in all of the campground areas, although dogs must be kept on a leash at all times.
The campground is located along the shores of Sandusk Creek, right at the point where it opens up into Lake Erie. You’ll have easy access to the lake for kayaking, canoeing, and fishing, and you can also reach the nearby marina in just a few minutes. Wheeler’s Walk Trail, a mile-long route with excellent wildlife viewing, is located just outside of the campground.
Selkirk Provincial Park gets fairly busy over weekends starting in late spring and running through early fall. Sites can be booked online, so we recommend that you reserve a spot in advance if you plan on visiting during peak season.
Seasonal activities in Selkirk Provincial Park
There is a small beach near the campground where you can relax and go for a swim. No lifeguards are on duty, so take proper precautions if you have kids. You can also walk to a larger beach nearby that looks out onto Lake Erie. Although the beach is great for swimming, it’s made of pebbles, so it’s not the best area for sunbathing. The water near the beach is fairly shallow, slowly dropping off as you swim out.
The creeks around the park are fairly shallow, but they still sustain large populations of carp and catfish. The best way to fish is on a small boat or canoe, but you can also fish from the shore along the creeks. If you want to take a boat out onto Lake Erie, you can connect directly to the lake from Sandusk Creek, or use the marina located near the creek. The park does not have a bait shop, although you can find some shops just a short drive from the campground.
You can access a marina near Sandusk Creek that will take you out onto the lake located in front of the park. The lake is popular for water sports, and you can also take a canoe or kayak out onto the lake. There are a number of kayak and canoe routes in the marshes around Spring Creek, and you can take them out to the lake or up Sandusk Creek, which leads out of the park.
The park itself does not offer rentals, although you can find a number of businesses in the area that do.
Although Selkirk Provincial Park does not have any dedicated biking trails, all of the roads in the campground can be used for biking. Enjoy the shores of Sandusk Creek on a bike, or peddle down to the shores of Lake Erie. You can also take a number of roads that lead out of the park and along the lake. The park does not offer rentals, so make sure to bring your own bike.
Selkirk Provincial Park offers a number of birdwatching opportunities, especially along the mile-long Wheeler’s Walk Trail. The area is a common migration route for birds in the spring and fall, and was once used by researchers as a tagging station. You can also spot more birds by heading to the shores of Lake Erie. Songbirds often find their way into the campground, and you can also see a variety of shorebirds near Sandusk Creek.
Selkirk Provincial Park is fairly small, but you’ll still find a number of well-marked hiking trails around the park. Wheeler’s Walk Trail is the main attraction, offering a mile-long route that weaves along the shores of Sandusk Creek and through a white pine plantation. The trail is a popular haunt for birdwatchers, as you can spot more than 100 bird species in the area.
Hiking is at its best in the fall, when the shores of Lake Erie are alive with autumn colors. The trail is also great if you visit during the spring bloom.