Bordered by Lake Ontario and Collins Bay, Lemoine Point is 136 hectares of forest, field and marsh, with a spectacular waterfront that attracts those seeking solitude along the spectacular 2.500 metres of shoreline, a brisk walk through the delightful and abundant plant and animal life, and a place to recharge the emotional and spiritual batteries alone or with the companionship of friends and family.
It is also the largest publicly accessible tract of wooded Lake Ontario shoreline in the region, which is significant both for the appreciation of nature loveers, but also because it is an integral part of the local ecosystem and critical for the sustainability of the shoreline and indigenous species of plant and animal life.
For visitors, there are an abundance of natural amenities waiting to be explored, enjoyed and appreciated. These include:
- 11 kilometres of trails for four-seasons recreational use that transitions from flat terrain to gentle rolling woodland, and winding vistas through fields and marshland. For those wishing to pause along their sojourn for a rest, or to take in their surroundings, scenic lookouts and benches are conveniently located at various places along the trails. Walkers, joggers, cyclists and cross-country skiers are all welcome (cyclists on service roads and designated trails only).
- Accessible trails for those with physical challenges are available from both the north and south parking lots.
- For those looking to have a wonderful outdoor get together with family or friends, picnic tables are available at several locations. Permits are required for group picnics and events and may be obtained by calling (613) 546-4228 ext. 222.
- A stone beach is located at the north end of the conservation area is perfect for a meditative experience close to the water or for wading and splashing around on a hot summer’s day.
- The majestic deciduous woods that are a hallmark of Lemoine Point Conservation Area are an excellent location for spring wildflowers. Many species of resident and migratory birds can also be seen in the area. It is the perfect place for nature photographers or painters to find limitless inspiration.
Lemoine Point Conservation Area is also the home of Cataraqui Conservation's tree planting program, including the native plant nursery run by the Friends, as well as a special climate change research project. For more information on tree planning programs visit our forestry page.
Handicapped accessible washrooms/privies are located at the north and south ends of the conservation area. Special events area allowed provided they do no harm to the natural environment of the Conservation Area, and only after obtaining a permit from Cataraqui Conservation at least two months prior to the event. Call 613-546-4228 ext. 222 for further details about permits.
Friends of Lemoine Point
The Friends of Lemoine Point is a local group of volunteers that helps to maintain and improve the conservation area, as well as helping to maintain the tree nursery and engaging in yearly tree sales to help encourage reforestation within the Cataraqui watershed. For more information, please see the Friends of Lemoine Point information page.