Two kayaks along marsh.

5 reasons to visit Rondeau Provincial Park

Wondering where to go for your summer vacation?

Look no further, because Rondeau Provincial Park might just be the perfect getaway for you and your family!

Located on Lake Erie, Rondeau is a host of incredible biodiversity. There’s plenty to see and do during your trip, and lots to explore, from sandy dunes to beautiful Carolinian forests.

Here are five reasons we think you should plan a trip to Rondeau:

1. There’s so much to do!

Whether you’re into swimming, birding, canoeing, camping, or just want to go for a nice hike around the park, there’s something for everyone!

Sandy beach shoreline.

Beach-lovers: don’t miss lounging and swimming on the park’s 11 km of sandy beaches on Lake Erie.

Looking to learn during your stay? We have pond dips, ask a naturalist sessions, bug catching, and more!

The Discovery team at Rondeau has many activities planned this summer for both children and adults.

Park staff and family holding snakes.

Ask the Naturalist sessions are located throughout the park! The Discovery Program schedule is posted at comfort stations, recycling / garbage centres, the park store, and at the Visitor Centre.

Keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts as well!

2. Water sports on Rondeau Bay

Whether you’re looking for a calm place to sail, kite surf, swim, or fish, Rondeau Bay is the perfect spot during the hot summer season.

Three paddlers in canoe on lake.

Launch your boat from the shore and sail away, or spend your day canoeing around the lush marsh.

Rondeau Bay is home to many different aquatic plants, reptiles, and fish. Keep your eye out for endangered species such as Spotted Gar, or maybe even a Blanding’s Turtle!

3. Bountiful camping opportunities

Late-night fires, marshmallows on the end of a stick, and gazing at the stars under a moonlit sky… need we say more?

Line of campsites along a road.

Rondeau has over 300 centrally-located campsites, many with electricity. The campground is just a short walk away from the park’s beautiful sandy beaches.

Book a site, bring a tent or trailer, and spend a few nights under our beautiful southern skies.

4. Spot Prothonotary Warblers

Rondeau is a world-renowned birding destination.

Yellow bird perched on a branch.

More than 330 bird species have been recorded in the park, and 134 of these have been recorded breeding.

Rondeau works hard to protect nesting Prothonotary Warblers, which are found in only a few places in Canada. Our Discovery team works closely with Bird Studies Canada to help monitor this endangered species.

Visitor looking at trail sign.

Take a walk down the Tulip Tree Trail, and you might just see our resident Prothonotary showing off to visitors!

5. Perfect spots to picnic

For over a century, families have enjoyed some of the best picnic locations in southern Ontario, right here at Rondeau!

Family sitting around picnic table.

We have five picnic pavilions available, and ample picnic tables throughout the park.

Reserve your picnic shelter online using our reservation service.

Plan your trip to Rondeau!

Our staff work very hard to meet your needs and ensure you have the best experience possible during your visit to the park.

Park Visitor Centre in the forest.

Whether you’re staying a few nights or just planning a day trip with your family, Rondeau Provincial Park has plenty for you to see and do.

Don’t forget to stop by our Visitor Centre, open every day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm until September 3. Check out some turtles, or learn a little bit about Rondeau’s exciting history.

To help guarantee access for day use, our visitors will now be able to plan ahead and obtain a daily vehicle permit in advance.

Advance daily vehicle permits are available up to five days in advance of your arrival date. Reservations can be made online (here’s a walkthrough of how to book, including how to use your seasonal permit) or by phone.

Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions you might have; we’re on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Book your trip today!