Wed. Nov 29th, 2023
Skaters on ice trail.

If you haven’t explored snow-covered MacGregor Point Provincial Park, you don’t know what you’re missing!

The ice skating rink is the main winter attraction, but MacGregor Point also offers skiing, snowshoeing, camping and other winter fun.

Get the latest capacity updates here:

We have put together a list of frequently asked questions and best tips To plan your visit:

  • Are the skating/ski slopes open?
  • When is the park open?
  • How do I avoid crowds and lineups?
  • What is there to do in the park?
  • How do I get to MacGregor Point?
  • Where do I park?
  • How much does it cost?
  • Can I rent skates/skis/snowshoes?
  • Are there bathrooms?
  • Can I spend the night?
  • Is there food available for sale?
  • Where can I go if the park gets crowded?
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    1. Are the skating/ski slopes open?

    Outdoor activities in winter always depend on the weather. Check park conditions before leaving home, as some activities may be closed:

    • Check the snow report on the Ontario Parks website (updated daily at 9:00 am) for skating and ski trail conditions.
    • Call the park office at 519-389-9056
    • Look for updates about the park. Twitter account
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    family skating

    When conditions are right, we offer a 400-meter skating rink that provides an unforgettable outdoor experience. We turn on the lights at our rink to skate under the stars until 10:00 pm every day of the week, and that’s when things get really magical.

    We also have a large ice platform for outdoor hockey lovers, so as not to interfere with skating on the ice rink.


    2. When is the park open?

    The park is open daily from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm all year round.

    Availability of skating and skiing depends on the weather, and both are typically available in January. Check the snow report for snow conditions and park conditions. Twitter for park updates.

    Remember: MacGregor Point can be VERY busy during peak times.


    3. How do I avoid crowds and lineups?

    The park is usually quieter during the week, so try to plan a trip during the week.

    The busiest times at MacGregor Point are any weekend or holiday, between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Plan your visit outside of these times to avoid crowds.

    Please note that permits cannot be reserved in advance at this time.


    4. The skating rink is full. What else is there to do in the park?

    There is so much to do in winter at MacGregor Point!

    Try cross-country skiing on some of our family-friendly trails! The set of single tracks Deer Run Trail (4.6 km) and Tomsett Trail (5.9 km) It suits both beginner and family level cross-country skiers. This network of trails winds gently through upland hardwood forests and wetland areas.

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    A winter hiker on a trail

    Put on some snowshoes! Start the day with a refreshing walk in the forest. Snowshoe trails are located at the south end of the park on both the Lake Ridge Trail and the Tower Trail.


    5. How do I get to MacGregor Point?

    MacGregor Point Provincial Park is located on the shores of Lake Huron, 4 km south of Port Elgin.


    6. Where do I park?

    When you drive to the park (especially on a Saturday), you may see a line. Please check the park Twitter page for capacity updates before venturing into the park.

    Upon arrival, please stop by the office. Staff will help direct you to available parking. Please do not park on the road.


    7. How much does it cost?

    The cost of a daily vehicle permit is $15.50. This includes access to:

    • rink
    • ice pad
    • cross country ski trails
    • snowshoe trails

    Daily vehicle permits are available on a first-come, first-served basis upon arrival.

    Maps are provided to help you find your way to the trails. You can also find our winter trail map here.


    8. Can I rent skates/skis/snowshoes?

    No, rental equipment is not available. Please bring your own equipment.


    9. Are there bathrooms?

    Yes, there are bathrooms available at the ice rink and skating rink. Check out our winter trail map for precise locations.


    10. Can I spend the night?

    Yeah! Get one from MacGregor Point cabins, yurtsor bring your tent or trailer for a more rustic camping experience.

    MacGregor Yurt

    There is a heated comfort station with showers and flushing toilets. Reserve your yurt or campsite online using our reservation service.


    11. Is food available for sale?

    No, there is no food available for purchase. It is best to bring your own food.


    12. Where can I go if the park gets crowded?

    If MacGregor Point is full when you arrive, you may want to visit other nearby parks:

    Wasaga Beach Provincial Park offers some of the best Nordic skiing terrain in central Ontario, with over 30 km of groomed trails and pistes.

    Cross-country skier with childrenWasaga Beach Provincial Park.

    Explore the trails of Awenda Provincial Park! Enjoy the park’s 17 km of backcountry-style ski and snowshoe trails.

    So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to make your way to MacGregor Point Provincial Park!