Hike In Backus Woods

Start your day with some time in nature before the sun gets too hot. Backus Woods is a spectacular gem in the heart of Carolinian Canada. The well maintained walking trails guide you through numerous habitats such as dry forested ridge, wet slough, buttonbush swamp and floodplain. The trails are open year-round, and here you can expect to find some of the oldest living trees in Ontario! Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC) has installed interpretive signs throughout Backus Woods and on 30 signposts where you will also find some QR codes to enhance your experience and create some educational opportunities for all ages.


  1. Consider the trailhead at Hwy #24 or off Concession #3 - Free Parking
  2. Bring bug repellent, wear comfortable footwear, bring hats and sunglasses
  3. Visit the NCC website to view the trail map to plan your hike before you get there

Ice Cream Treat - Port Rowan

A yummy frozen treat is always welcome after a hike! Get your kids excited at the end of your hike by treating them to a delicious ice cream! Visit Twins Ice Cream Parlour, 1028 Main Street, Port Rowan (approximately a 10 min drive from Backus Woods)

Port Rowan Harbour

While you are in Port Rowan, walk or drive to Port Rowan Harbour to catch one of our region's most iconic views. You will find a few interpretive signs to learn about local history and some beautiful spots to rest and take in some fresh air. If you bring a fishing rod, you can fish from the shore and you might just catch a perch! If you are interested in a boat tour, check out LongPoint Island Hugger Tours (advance reservations required)

Long Point Beach Provincial Park

From Port Rowan, you are only about 15 minutes from Long Point!! Long Point is one of the most special destinations Ontario has to offer, so make sure to schedule some time there. Plan to visit the Long Point Provincial Park Beach for the afternoon. The 1.5 km of sandy beach is truly spectacular and so much fun for the whole family!

If you are staying overnight, this is a fantastic place to camp

Advance reservation required.


  1. You can book your day use pass online to avoid disappointment
  2. Bring life jackets, sunscreen and swim wear for an afternoon of fun in the water
  3. Bring snacks and water to make sure your whole family will have a great time

BONUS: If you are staying overnight, plan to visit the Long Point Bird Observatory (April 1st to June 10th and August 15 to November 15th). During spring and fall migration, you can attend a daily bird band demonstration each morning as well as a daily birding hike!

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