Murphys Point Provincial Park
Murphys Point Provincial ParkIUCN Category II (National Park)
Bunkhouse, Silver Queen Mine
Location Southern Ontario Nearest city Perth, Ontario Coordinates Coordinates: Area 1239 ha Governing body Ontario Parks
Murphys Point Provincial Park is a provincial park near Perth, Ontario. The 1239 hectare park features natural areas prepared for hiking or skiing as well as access for day-use, camping and water sports at Big Rideau Lake. Facilities include a Park Store, Visitor's Centre and several "Comfort Centres", with flush toilets, showers and laundry facilities for the multi-day camper.
It also hosts the restored early 20th-century "Silver Queen" mica mine, the ruins of a sawmill and several historic pioneer buildings including the Lally Homestead. The area was mined for mica, feldspar, and apatite. During the summer season guides tours are offered to visitors who would like to see the inside of a pioneer-style mine.
The park includes five nature trails varying in length from the 1-km Loon Lake Trial to the 6.5-km Rideau Trail. The park is home to a variety of mammals, including deer, fox, mink, beaver, coyote, porcupine and otter. Many loons inhabit Big Rideau Lake along with five species of turtles, eight species of amphibians, and eight species of snakes, including Canada's largest, but harmless, black rat snake.
- Official (Government) Website
- Friends of Murphys Point Provincial Park
- Murphys Point Provincial Park, Out There
Photographs taken within the park *Images by D. Gordon E. Robertson. See images for licensing terms. Protected areas in Ontario National parks Provincial parks Conservation areas UNESCO Biosphere Reserves National Historic Sites of Canada Other areas
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