Ipperwash Beach Lambton Shores' longest beach
Ipperwash Beach has a shallow, sandy shore perfect for swimming where series of sandbars extend into the lake over 100 metres. This is a beachcomber’s paradise that seems to stretch on endlessly. One can walk for kilometers along the white, sugary sand or relax under the aromatic pines and cedars in picnic areas between the dunes. This is one of the finest, most popular beaches in Ontario with some free parking and public toilet facilities. Boat launching and water sport rentals are available as well as shops and restaurants where beachgoers can browse between swims. The shoreline is a good area to see unusual birds such as the Rufous-sided Towhee and Prairie Warbler in various habitats ranging from desert like dunes to marshy fens and savanna forest. The area is famous for its magnificent springtime bird migrations. From mid to late March, thousands of tundra swans can be seen at the Thedford bog. Rare reptiles such as the Hognose snake and Spiny Softshell turtle also inhabit the area. The Ipperwash Nature Trail is located at 9616 Richardson Drive.
Nearby Kettle Point derives its name from the spherical stones found there. They are found only at this location and two other places on the planet. The point is one of the best spots to see sunsets with a panoramic view of Lake Huron. A memorial cenotaph dedicated to First Nations’ commitment to social justice, is located at the entrance to the Kettle & Stony Point Reserve. The Pow Wow in mid-July celebrates aboriginal traditions, music, drumming and dancing.
North of Camlachie, the Charles McEwen Conservation Area commands a stunning view of the lake from its picnic area and beach. Highland Glen Conservation Area is located at 5056 Lakeshore Road just south of the junction of County Rd 12, where a secluded beach, high lookout, picnic shelter, toilets and boat launch are nestled at the mouth of Hickory Creek.