Lemoine Point Conservation Area: Kingston's Natural Gem
Nestled at the west end of Kingston, Ontario, the Lemoine Point Conservation Area spans a vast 136 hectares (340 acres) and offers a refreshing escape from urban life. Bordered by Collins Bay to the north and west, Lake Ontario to the south, and the Kingston/Norman Rogers Airport to the east, this conservation area is a testament to Kingston's commitment to preserving its natural beauty.
A Glimpse into the Past
The history of Lemoine Point dates back to 1784 when Johan Jost Herkimer, a Loyalist, was granted a significant land allotment for his service during the American Revolutionary War. This land, which now forms part of the conservation area, was later known as Herkimer's Nose or Herkimer's Point. In 1836, the land was sold to Captain William Lemoine, after whom the conservation area is named. The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority acquired the land in 1975, with a portion still remaining as farmland under the Coverdale family.
Exploring Lemoine Point
Visitors to Lemoine Point are greeted with diverse terrains, from deciduous woodlands and marshlands to fields and grassy areas. With 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles) of shoreline, it's a haven for nature enthusiasts. The conservation area boasts picnic tables, barbecues, washrooms, and two entrances with parking lots. Most of its trails are flat, with several being wheelchair accessible. As you wander through the trails, you might encounter a variety of wildlife, from birds and insects to mammals like chipmunks, squirrels, and even deer.