The Long Point area was first inhabited by the Neutral Indian Nation or the Attiwanderons. They traded with the Hurons and the Iroquis peoples. For 300 years they sustained this way of life until 1650 when the Iroquois defeated them.
For many years the area was known as “the beaver hunting grounds of the Iroquois”. Gradually tribes from the north migrated into the area. One of these tribes, the Mississaugas, eventually occupied the Long Point area. They relied on fishing, hunting and agriculture for their survival.
Population 641 (seasonal approx.)
The Long Point region was purchased in May 1784 by the British Crown from the Mississauga Indians. White settlers soon arrived. The United Empire Loyalists set up “the Long Point Settlement” between 1791 and 1794. By 1812, over 3,000 immigrants arrived from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and New England. Long Point was owned by the Province of Ontario until much of it was sold to the privately held Long Point Company in 1866.
In 1986, the Long Point World Biosphere was designated by the United Nations. The goals was this Great Lakes coastal ecosystem and the 50 vulnerable, threatened and endangered species that live within it. Today, the hamlet of Long Point, near the mouth of Big Creek, is home to seasonal cottagers. Long Point Bay boasts world-class small and large mouth bass fishing. In winter, cross country skiing, hunting and ice fishing attract many visitors.
For a full history of the settlement of Long Point, visit longpointbiosphere.com.
Special Note about Long Point beach
Norfolk County’s Tourism office recommends that tourists should park vehicles at Long Point Provincial Park for the best beach experience. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources is the steward of the beachfront along the entire stretch of Long Point from the provincial park to the causeway. However, beach-goers in the area outside of the Provincial Park are asked to respect the property owners who live near the beach.
Tips for visiting Long Point beach
- Your best beach experience can be found at Long Point Provincial Park, which charges a small day-use fee for full services including plenty of parking.
- If you park anywhere else, please observe signage. Bylaw enforcement staff will be ticketing all illegally parked vehicles.
- Please be considerate and take your garbage with you when you leave or deposit it in the available garbage cans. Please do not place your cottage garbage in the cans intended for tourists. Info on garbage collection days here.
- Use portable washroom facilities provided by Norfolk County. The facilities are cleaned regularly.
- Please respect private property.
- After observing all of these tips, when you tell family and friends about the wonders of Long Point, please encourage them to follow these tips, particularly Tip #1.
- Email us or call 1-800-699-9038
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