Misery Bay Nature Reserve & beach Posted May 22, 2011 by Laurie


Do NOT let the name fool you… Misery Bay is a wonderful 1005 hectare provincial park and is located about an hour drive from our cottage and is a great way to spend a with the friends and family.   There are hiking trails, beaches, a board walk and more. 

This is the Misery Bay Visitor & Interpretive Centre, it’s only open from May 24 weekend to September long weekend.  Washrooms are located inside.   Trail maps (below)are located in boxes all year long.

The first time we visited this park we hiked the Forest Trail which takes you to the most amazing large rare rock called alvar.  

 A few years later my mom, aunt & me spent a girls weekend up at our cottage.  I remembered the amazing rock “beach” so I tried to take them there (……but I am not good at reading maps! and I am directionally challenged!), so we took the Lakeshore Trail to the wolf den trail…and to my surprise we ended up at this WONDERFUL beach! 

While we were hanging out at this beach we watched a pair of bald eagles soaring above the beach.

And on our way out of the trail we spotted a couple of Snowshoe Hares… this is a rather blurry photo of the smaller of the two we spotted.  There are a few of these rabbits on our property and in the winter they turn white!  Often spotted by the fire wood shed.

 Misery Bay is a wonderful place to take a picnic and hang out for the day – REMEBER TO PACK IN & PACK OUT your trash because there is no garbage collection on the beach.

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  • Steve Kamski June 5, 2012 at 7:57 am

    Misery Bay has become a family favourite for us. My family makes sure that we visit at least once every year for an afternoon. The nature centre is very informative and the volunteers are great. My son found a muskrat skull there years ago and he still likes to go in to see it in their display. The trails are very easy for kids and elderly alike and you can make the hike as short or as long as you like. Normally a very quiet place, even on a nice day.

    One of the most beautiful places on the island!

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