Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve

Southwestern Ontario

This long sandy spit is the southernmost point of inhabited Canada (there are some tiny rock islands – like humps of whales skimming the water – just to the south). A 3.2km-return flat forest path leads to the point, one of the island's best swimming spots. It's a bird-watcher's Eden, with black-crowned night herons and a multitude of shorebirds.

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