Welcome to the heart of Carolinian Canada!
Rondeau protects one of the last remaining stands of old growth Carolinian Forest in Ontario. Apart from protecting 3254 ha of Oak Savannah, Carolinian Forest, Dune habitat, and Coastal wetland, Rondeau is one of North America’s best examples of a Cuspate Sandspit. Formed by the erosion and deposition of sand and gravel, the Rondeau peninsula extends into Lake Erie, and forms a protected bay which is important habitat for a variety of species at risk as well as providing many recreational opportunities.
The peninsula, combined with the open bay, attracts migrating birds throughout the spring and fall, resulting in some of the best bird watching in Ontario; beginning with Tundra Swans in March and continuing through May with waves of Warblers, this is truly a birders paradise! Additionally, Rondeau’s provincially rare habitats provide homes to more Species at Risk than any other Provincial Park, including the Five-lined Skink, Prothonotary Warbler, Fowler’s Toad, and Spotted Gar.
Rondeau offers campers their choice of 262 campsites, all of which are just a short walk from extensive sand beaches and great swimming. There are six hiking trails to explore, a protected bay for canoeing, kayaking and wind surfing, as well excellent biking and rollerblading opportunities. While Rondeau is better known for summer activities, the park is open 365 days a year and offers many winter recreational opportunities including ice-fishing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
If you’re looking to learn more about this unique park when you are here, join a park naturalist for a guided hike, children’s program, or evening program. Make sure to take time to explore the Visitor Centre where you can find out more about the natural and cultural heritage of the area.