Long Point

LongPointBeach.jpg Long Point is an outdoor paradise. The region is an important location for bird migration in both spring and autumn, including half of the eastern North American Tundra Swan population. It is an outstanding example of sand dune and sand-spit formation in the Great Lakes region. In 1982, Long Point National Wildlife Area was recognized as a wetland of international significance under the Ramsar Convention. It was designated as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1986. Source: At Play Adventures.com

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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

Source: Norfolk County Tourism