Glacial scourings on limestone outcrops created by the Erie Lobe during the Ice Age (15 000-14 000 years ago). The east-west direction of the grooves indicates unusual glacial movement during this Age.Check out the website for detailed information on the geology of the island over the millenia.more
Most of the winery's grapes are grown on the island and then brought to the mainland to be processed. This means that the mainland and the island tours differ in their focus so that it doesn't feel repeated. The tour takes you around to see and sample the various grape varieties, followed by the history of an old press from the 1700s (I think) on...more
If visiting Pelee island for the winery tour, make sure to do it around a meal time. They have a great addition to the tour. After the tour (or even before) you can go out back and visit the "deli" to pick up a plate of fresh baguette with a block of cheese ( over 15 to choose from). Or for a light snack have the pita and Humous--a little spicy but...more
The Pelee Lighthouse was built in 1833, making it the second oldest Canadian lighthouse on Lake Erie. It was built to help ships through the hazardous Pelee Passage. In 2000, the lighthouse was restored to its former glory and makes for a pretty picture. Unfortunately the lighthouse is closed to visitors. Lighthouse Point also has a beautiful marsh...more
The Stone Road Alvar is one of Pelee Island's most important natural areas. It is a Federation of Ontario Naturalists Reserve that protects rare prairie and savannah ecosystems. It consists of a community of grasses and flowering plants with some tree coverage (Blue Ash, Common Hackberry, Chinquapin Oak).Alvars are unique ecosystems that occur on...more
Fish Point is home to nearly 1/6 of Ontario's plant species. A combination of the warmest growing season and moderate winters allows species such as Hop Tree, Swamp Rose Mallow, Honey Locust, and Prickly Pear Cactus to thrive here.Other interesting inhabitants include the Great Egret, which may be seen in the marsh, and the terrestrial snail,...more
The concept is interesting: order your BBQ items, then BBQ them yourself. Everything is provided: BBQ, lighter, condiments, cutlery, etc. Then sit back and enjoy your meal with some Pelee Island wine at one of the picnic tables. The food turned out to be pretty average, but it was a one-time fun experience. We tried the buffalo sausage and burger....more
It has an island feel, lots of marine accents, very eclectic in decor. No table, chairs, cutlery, cups, dishes match one another. You must remember that this is an island and therefore they have to pay a lot of cash to have the food brought over to the island, thus the very high prices for the meals. I would have thought that being close to...more
This place appears to be the local hang-out. A relaxed atmosphere, sit-at bar, pool tables and tvs showing sports games. Nice outside patio to watch people come and go on the ferry. We both had the lasagna. The portion size was big-good for the men-but it was a bit too salty and greasy. I suspect the wings and nachos are great though. I'd suggest...more
Comfortech Bicycle Rentals (off the West Dock behind the Westview Tavern) rent out bikes. If you are arriving on foot this is a good transportation option because walking distances are quite long otherwise and there is no public transportation on the island. I didn't rent a bike, so I don't know prices, but they must be fairly reasonable since I...more
Ferries depart from Leamington or Kingsville to Pelee Island depending on the time of year. Cars can be taken on board and are recommended because there is no public transportation available on Pelee Island. Reservations are required if you are taking your car and you must be at the dock an hour prior to departure. Walk-on passengers should be...more
There are no grocery stores, banks, or ATMS on the island! So make sure to bring whatever you need/want with you. There are restaurants, some small tourist shops, and a few places to stay, but that's it. Credit cards and debit cards are accepted. There is a liquor store on the island (what else is there to do? ;).
Miscellaneous: Lots of mosquitos in the nature reserves in the summer. Seems obvious, but we forgot our spray and got chewed up badly! So don't forget yours :) Also, a hat and sunscreen is a good idea since there are a lot of open areas with few trees.
Middle Island belongs to Point Pelee National Park of Canada, but is not accessible to visitors. It is a small, uninhabited island to the southwest of Pelee Island and can be seen from the beach at Fish Point. Now when I say uninhabited, I mean not by humans, because the island is blanketed in Double-crested Cormorants, at least during the breeding season. These birds defend their nests up in the trees by vomiting rotting fish and any other gross, recently ingested item onto intruders!! I had the "opportunity" to visit the island for work, and we were literally dodging "flying fish." The island really was quite hellish. It stank like rotting carcasses (both fish and birds-apparently they're pretty stupid and frequently fly into trees), and most of the trees were dead and covered in bird poop. Still, it was a lot of fun! For me anyways....
What might be more interesting to the general public is the island's fascinating history: during Prohibition, it was a drop off point for alcohol entering the United States from Canada. There is still remnants of an old mansion rumored to be a brothel and/or casino run by a mob boss to be found on the island. The web link below goes into greater detail about the history of this fascinating yet widely unrecognised island.
Pelee Island is in the middle of Lake Erie and the most southerly point in Canada ( the same latitude as northern California ).You can get to the island vis a ferry from Sandusky , Ohio or Kingsville , Ontario ( about a 3 hour trip). Ignore all posted schedules and confirm ferry times the night before you intend to go. Dispite what the schedules...more