Murphys Point Provincial Park

Murphys Point Provincial Park
IUCN Category II (National Park)
Murphys Point-Bunkhouse.jpg
Bunkhouse, Silver Queen Mine
Location Southern Ontario
Nearest city Perth, Ontario
Coordinates 44°46′N 76°13′W / 44.767°N 76.217°W / 44.767; -76.217Coordinates: 44°46′N 76°13′W / 44.767°N 76.217°W / 44.767; -76.217
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.

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Photographs taken within the park
Black Rat Snake  
Eastern Comma butterfly  
*Images by D. Gordon E. Robertson. See images for licensing terms.

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