Selkirk is a lovely, quiet park on Lake Erie, just east of Port Dover. With a nice beach, easy trail, marshland, a playground and large, grassy areas to throw a frisbee around, it has everything for a pleasant weekend with the family.
I had never heard of Selkirk before I started looking for a place to camp for Victoria Day weekend. We knew we wanted to be on Lake Erie at this time of year and we wanted to try somewhere new. That ruled out past Lake Erie favourites Wheatley , Rock Point and Long Point Provincial Park. Out of the remaining parks, Selkirk was closest!
After my initial disappointment at the lack of trees, I began to appreciate the park for what it was. The birds were chirping, the apple trees were blossoming, and our site was not so bad!
Also, for May 2-4, the park was shockingly quiet! And we weren’t even in the radio-free zone! Quietest Victoria Day weekend we have ever had. I would definitely recommend this campground for long weekends with the family.
We arrived mid-afternoon and set up camp quickly in case the rain came early. We then headed down to the lake and playground area. The beach was almost non-existent with the high water levels, but the kids had fun at our little spot playing in the rocks and soaking their shoes trying to run from the waves. Happens every time! With the rainy weekend we were in for, it didn’t really matter! Some playground and frisbee time, then it was back to the site for dinner, a campfire and s’mores.
Sunday we hung out at our site, played games and went for a few short walks before the rain came back. We hid in the tent for a bit, then drove to Port Dover to check it out.
Port Dover is pretty touristy and beach-kitschy. The town was not exactly picturesque, but I did like the port, the old-timey feel and the lighthouse.
We had some fantastic fries at The Arbor, followed by soft serve at Willie’s. A bit of drizzly window shopping, followed by a walk out to the lighthouse, and that was pretty much Port Dover!
Back to site for more card games in the tent. It rained and rained…
By early evening the rain had stopped. I headed down to the marsh to check out the sunset. It was stunning. The marsh was full of life and the colours were gorgeous.
Planning a Trip?
Selkirk appealed to us for it’s shoreline and proximity to a small town to explore. There are plenty of parks I would recommend over Selkirk, but Point Farms is the one that seems the most similar, but with everything much better!
Selkirk is a fine choice for a weekend getaway – if you live fairly close. It succeeds in providing an acceptable low-key campground with a beach.
The park is divided into 4 campgrounds. The non-electric sections are on the marsh-side of the park and offer the best privacy. We were on site 21 in section 1. It had a good privacy and quality rating – which, as always – is rather subjective. The privacy was good – for Selkirk.
Section 3 is the other non-electric area and is a radio-free zone.
Section 2 is situated by the comfort station. It is a very open area with flat, grassy sites with a road on one side and a lane way on the other. Easy for large trailers, I guess! With this convenience comes absolutely no privacy though.
The other electrical sites in area 4 offer a bit more privacy in a more wooded section closer to the lake.
There are also 2 group camping sites available.
The spring migration. I am not really a bird person. I generally hate being woken up by the handful of birds that won’t shut up in the morning. But I love waking up to a symphony of bird songs.
The variety of birds was pretty amazing – bright reds, yellows and blues. I saw Eastern Blue Birds for the first time! A little yellow bird was feeding babies in a nest right on our site, and their were little red birds flitting everywhere. I felt so far from home with all the wildlife I never see here!
We likely will not return to Selkirk. Though we tend not to return to campgrounds – roaming Ontario is our thing!