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Long Point

Long Point is a 40-kilometer (about 25 miles for you imperial folks) peninsula, or sand spit, on the northern shore of Lake Erie, about 30 minutes south of the Brewery Farm. It was carved from massive glacial shifts during the last Ice Age, and continues to physically evolve with the forces of wind, water and erosion. The Long Point Lighthouse, built in 1916, is perhaps Norfolk County’s most famous landmark. Long Point’s marshes and forests form an essential migration route and breeding ground for hundreds of bird species, many of which are rare or threated; the Long Point National Wildlife Area was designated as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve in 1986. The tradition of conservation goes all the way back to the 1860s, when the Long Point Company first purchased Crown land and vigorously worked to protect the area’s natural treasures from encroachment demands brought on by the growth of major cities around the shores of Lake Erie.