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Stokes Bay

The peninsula’s western shore slopes gently into Lake Huron with less dramatic relief than the east has, but the sunset views are more enchanting. Its fens and alvars also shelter the most exquisite and rare wildflowers such as the Wood lily, Dwarf Lake Iris, Lakeside daisy, Indian Paintbrush and Pitcher-plants. Huron Road between Red Bay and Pike Bay hugs the shoreline for much of the way. A picnic area adjoins the shallow beach at the east end of Pike Bay. Follow Whiskey Harbour Road west to Eastnor Township Park at Site #283. This secluded picnic spot overlooks unusual pockmarked and sculpted rock channels and basins along the shore.

Head north of Pike Bay on West Road to Myles Bay Shore Road and Sandy Beach Road to find Black Creek Provincial Park, an idyllic beach bounded by wooded dunes and a creek that lazily meanders into the sheltered bay. The park has toilets, picnic tables and walking trails along the creek.

Knife Island lighthouse and Lyal Island Range Light mark the rocky shoals of Stokes Bay. These historic beacons can be visited by kayak or canoe on a scenic day trip when the lake is not rough. The south entrance to Stokes Bay passes a long row of whimsical birdhouses mounted on fence posts.

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