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Darlington Provincial Park, Courtice

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Darlington Provincial Park is a part of the Ontario Provincial Parks system. It is located just south of Highway 401 near the town of Courtice, between the cities of Bowmanville and Oshawa. A small park, the topography is dominated by gentle hills, a terminal moraine deposited by glaciers at the end of the last Ice Age. The park borders on the northern shore of Lake Ontario also encloses McLaughlin Bay. The Bay is shallow, and at some point in the 1990s was completely closed off from the lake by the action of the waves. The property bordering the park to the west is the home of General Motors Corporation's Canadian headquarters. Kintigh Generating Station can be seen from this provincial park even though it is on the other side of the lake.Park wildlifeDarlington Provincial Park is home to several varieties of plants and animals. The flora of the park consists mostly of second-generation regrowth, as the park was reforested in the 1960s after being cleared for farmland. Invasive plant species are a serious problem in the park, especially the aggressive purple loosestrife growing in the marshy areas bordering McLaughlin Bay. Animal species present in the park range from the white-tailed deer to squirrels and other small animals. Other animals such as coyotes and grey wolves have been rumored to be wandering around the park. Fish and amphibian life are also present in the park, especially in and around McLaughlin Bay. The park is known for migrating Monarch Butterflies. It offers an annual Monarch tagging and educational program.
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  • I went this weekend with my family and this PP left me with that "it could have been better" feeling. On a positive note, the staff was very friendly. There were also nice views of Lake Ontario. On th...  more »
  • This park doesn't have the nicest beach on the Great Lakes but it will do for a quick cooling swim. Lots of trees, open areas, trails, parking and camp sites. McLaughlin Bay is great for all ages fish...  more »
  • I have visited the park many times. We have walked the trails, walked along the beach and also brought my kayaks to launch,  more »
  • We had a great weekend here!nice and quiet. The staff is friendly.washrooms and showers are clean.The beach is ok.The camp store has everything u might need,so in case you forget to bring something no need to worry.
  • Great quick get away from the city. Only half hour away, or an hour with traffic. Nothing too special about the park, but being so close I can't complain.
  • Well maintained and close enough to the city for a quick camping trip. Downfall is that you hear the trains and highway at night so you can't even pretend you're in the wilderness. Good park and staff
  • Great place for barbecue, specially for families. There's also a camping area for those with RVs. Clean washrooms are on site. There's also showers. It's usually crowded on the weekends. You'd better buy everything you need because the grocery store is not that great.
  • We have camped Cliffside and found it loud with waves crashing all the time, and tried Hilltop but it was too close to the 401 noise. The park itself is great, clean, and friendly staff.