Beachcomb on the long pebble beach for driftwood and fossils, swim off the big flat limestone ledges, it’s a quiet beautiful place for a picnic – but remember to leave only footprints behind! An excellent place to watch a sunset.
During spring and fall migration, it is one of the finest birding areas in Canada. Point Petre is an important stopover for mallard, black duck, blue- and green-winged teal, wood duck, hooded merganser, lesser and greater scaup, bufflehead and common merganser. See birding info.
Favourite hangout from Rick Mayhew and Gerry Foster ☞ Point Petre, the point of Petre.
- There are no signs to the water. Walk or drive down one of the lanes that lines the main road and at the end is the shore. Not all of the lanes are suitable for cars.
- Bring a picnic lunch and drinks (and a lawnchair), as there are no restaurants nearby.
- If you get there early in the a.m., walk across the road to see the bird banding (in season).
- The currents can be dangerous, there are sometimes undertows. Be careful.
- Bring a bag to collect your garbage, there are no waste disposal bins.
- The name is pronounced “Peter”, not “Petree”.
Also see Quinte Conservation quinteconservation.ca
Purchase Point Petre watercolour art