Wheatley Provincial Park, Chatham-Kent, ON, Canada
Driving time from London
Sandy beach to explore
Sort out your site
Wheatley’s four campgrounds give you lots of choices for drive-in camping. If you’re looking for more of a relaxed getaway, try to reserve a semi-wilderness site in the Boosey Creek Campground. This campground is ideal for tents or campervans, and has larger sites than the rest of the park. It’s also a radio-free zone in case you want to hear more bird songs than speaker songs.
Don’t worry if you can’t make it to Wheatley during the summer months – the bird migrations make it a great place to visit in the spring too.
Take the fruit route
Wheatley can be easily accessed from the 401, but if you have time then we recommend taking the scenic route. County Road 3 runs along the shore of Lake Erie and gives you some awesome views of the smallest (by volume) Great Lake.
Along the way, stop off at Pardo’s Berrie Farm for in-season produce to use in your camp chef cook-outs. If you want to see what’s in season when you’re planning to go camping, check out their crop calendar. Sweet corn is usually July to September and is amazing roasted in the campfire, and fresh blueberries for camp pancakes are available around the same time.
And calling all camp chili chefs: September is the annual chili cookoff at Wheatley Park (judges also required).
This is one of the only parks in Ontario that’s in a Carolinian forest, known for it’s broad-leafed trees like oak, sassafras, hickory and chestnut. It’s also located right along major spring and fall bird migration routes so you’ll likely see lots of birds among the trees. To take advantage of all this greenery, explore the Creekside Trail, an easy route that bring you out near the entrance to the beach.
Most people think of summer for camping, but fall is often just as good (if not better) than hot summer months. It’s usually less busy, there are fewer bugs… and one unique reason to try out camping at Wheatley in early October is Halloween in the park, where you can deck out your site and kids can trick or treat.