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Long Point, Port Rowan

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Long Point is a sand spit and medium-sized hamlet on the north shore of Lake Erie, part of Norfolk County in the province of Ontario, Canada.It is about 40 kilometres long and is about a kilometre across at its widest point. Lake Erie lies to the south of Long Point, and Long Point Bay lies on the north side comprise. The bay is subdivided into the Inner Bay and Outer Bay by a line that runs between Turkey Point to the north and Pottohawk Point to the south. Some of the towns along the bay's north shore include Port Rowan, Turkey Point and Port Dover. Long Point is north of and across the lake from Erie, Pennsylvania.HistorySettlers from Erurope began arriving in this area in 1790. After the American Revolution, many Loyalists began to settle here but after 1796, land was given to anyone who was capable of developing it. The first lighthouse was built in 1830.In the 19th century, a powerful storm cut an opening through the middle of Long Point. A lighthouse was built alongside the channel, which was the first of several on the point. The opening became known as "The Old Cut". The cut has since closed along the lakeshore, but boaters continue to use the northern portion to access the bay, homes and cottages.During the mid-19th century some of local residents saw an opportunity to make easy money by "blackbirding." Blackbirders erected fake lighthouses during times of low visibility. Ships trying to enter the old cut would run aground. When the crew abandoned ship the blackbirders would loot the ship of cargo and other valuables. With law enforcement based in London, Ontario, these blackbirders would store their loot on the many hiding spots that Long Point offered.
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  • Very long soft sand public beach accessible at various intervals. Be respectful of private property and access beach where indicated. Good signage. Portapotties and garbage recepicles at access points...  more »
  • Great beach. Mostly sandy camping spots and trailer spots. Food in Port Rowan, 5 miles. Long Point is "dry". Port Rowan has LCBO and Brewer's Retail.  more »
  • We went mainly for the birds and beach... neither disappointed. Exceptional birding, visit the "Bird Studies Facility" for great tips on times and locations to view the different species in the area. ...  more »

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