John E. Pearce Provincial Park

Location: Port Burwell Ontario
Region: Southwestern
Character: Nature Reserve
Length/Size: 68 hectares

John E. Pearce Provincial Park
By Ontario Parks

From bluffs high above Lake Erie, you can see lake freighters, fishing tugs, sometimes a bald eagle and migrating hawks. Woodland trails blooms with unusual flowers in the spring -- yellow mandarin, stiff gentian, beech fern. Nearby the Backus Page museum celebrates the history of the Talbot settlement.

Picnics and Day Use
Picnic along the edge of a 33 metre cliff or at the Backus Page Museum. A sense of serenity and dignity pervades the centuries old hardwood forest with its array of colourful wildflowers and place in Ontario's history. The gift of its namesake, John E. Pearce, the 68 hectare park is a special place for leisurely walks to the lookout high atop the Lake Erie bluffs or picnic in the quiet shade of the forest canopy. Visit the Backus Page Museum (circa 1850) or hike along the trails behind this stately home.

Visitor Centre - Yes

Barrier Free Access
Museum now wheelchair accessible, handicap washrooms 300 metres away.

Off Season - No, but trails accessible all year long

Spicer Trail 1.5 km (1 hour) easy
This trail leads through a centuries old hardwood forest. Fifteen interpretive stops are described in the trail guide and 30 trees are identified along the trail.

Wildlife Viewing - Yes. Good birding opportunities during all seasons

Winter Activities - Park gated but hikers are free to walk in

For more information:
John E. Pearce Provincial Park
P.O. Box 9
Port Burwell, Ontario
N0J 1T0