Stroll the beautifully landscaped grounds of the first-class LEAMINGTON MARINA and enjoy a picnic lunch while enjoying the waterfront with its many activities. Watch the pleasure crafts as they come and go out to Lake Erie.Update: August 22, 2007 - As part of our Essex County Circle Tour, Hans and I took KitKat (Keida84) and Kristi (Dabs) to...more
Point Pelee has more than 12 kms of trails for both hiking and biking. Each one offers diverse habitats.MARSH BOARDWALK:1.4 km loopIncludes two observation areas with telescopes.Habitat: open ponds and cattail marsh.CENTENNIAL HIKE & BIKE TRAIL:4 kmRuns parallel to park road from Marsh Boardwalk to the Visitor Center. Gentle tree-lined winding...more
Located in the Marsh Boardwalk area can be found the OBSERVATION DECK. The Deck has three levels and provides an awesome view of the marshes. Here you can observe the blackbirds and other birds as they pass through the cattails and bullrushes.Climb the observation tower for a bird's eye viw of the marsh and then walk the one km floating boardwalk...more
The shuttle drops you off at the entrance of the Tip Trail, which consists of a 1 km loop around the tip of the park. Along the trail are a few informative exhibits on the tip itself, the monarch migration, and the lifesaving station (not sure what that one is about exactly?). Head down to the very tip itself so you can tell your friends that...more
This is the largest and, in my opinion, loveliest beach at the park. Picnic benches and charcoal grills are available for picnics on the beach. Lots of parking spots available in the adjacent lot. Activities: swimming, sun-bathing, sailing, etc. The other beach areas are nice too, just not as big. There are other picnic sites as well, and not all...more
The park has 12 km of trails through various types of habitats. These include the Tip trail, the marsh boardwalk, a biking trail (bike rental available-inquire at the Cattail Cafe), and a number of other trails through the forested and savannah habitats of the park. All of the trails are highlighted in the Point Pelee map/pamphlet that you receive...more
The visitor centre has some interesting displays on the history and ecology of the park and surrounding region (including Pelee and Middle Islands). Displays include endangered and extinct wildlife, history of shipwrecks, information on the location of the park and islands, and the significance of the Carolinian zone in which the park is...more
The Monarchs arrive in September and October on their way south to their winter home in Mexico. They congregate en masse in the trees at the tip until conditions are ideal for the long crossing of Lake Erie. I've yet to see this myself (I've just returned from a trip to Pelee-Sept 2006), but apparently the trees drip with them! To increase your...more
Hoards of people flock to Pelee during the Annual Migration. It's definitely a hot spot for bird watching. Spring is the best time to see songbirds stopping over on their journey north, usually in the first two weeks of May. *Call the park to find out when is the best time to come to avoid disappointment.* The fall migration is also nice to watch,...more
The marsh boardwalk makes a 1.4 km loop through the cattails of the marsh. Not only is it a pleasant walk, but it's also a great opportunity to spot wetland wildlife. It's a particularly lovely walk as the sun is setting and park traffic has died down.There is also an observation tower that provided great views of the marsh and park (telescope...more
At Pelee Island Winery's production facility in Kingsville, grapes grown on the Island become Pelee's award-winning wines. Enjoy sampling the end-result of their endeavours in the winery's Barrel Tasting Room. Pelee Island Winery is one of the many wineries featured on the Ale, Wine & Spirits Trail that also showcases area breweries and and the...more
Conveniently located in the Marsh Boardwalk area, you will find the CATTAIL CAFE'. It has the usual fastfood fare at slightly inflated prices, but you pay for convenience. At the Cattail Cafe' you will can get hamburgs, hotdogs, bagged chips, bottled water, cans of soda pop. We opted for cherry slushees ( basically flavoured chipped ice) priced at...more
The shuttle to the tip departs from the visitor centre every 20 minutes. It's about a 7 minute ride. This service is free (or probably included in the park entrance fee!).Hours (as of 2006): April 1-30: 10am-5pm; May 1-22: 7am-5pm; May 23-Sept 4: 10am-7pm; Sept 5-Oct 9: 8am-6pm; Oct 10-31: 8am-5pm (weekends only); Nov 1-March 31: closed.more
As cars are not allowed on the roadway to the "TIP", you can board the complimentary TRAIN TO THE "TIP". It leaves every 20 minutes, beginning on the hour, from the Visitor Center. You can park your vehicle at the parking lot provided. The "Train" takes you on a 2.5 km ride to the Trailhead, where it is a 10 minute walk to the "TIP".more
The Nature Nook is located in the visitor centre at the park. It is run by the Friends of Point Pelee, a non-profit organisation run by a group of dedicated volunteers who have a shared love of nature (visit the website below for more information on this group). The shop sells Point Pelee souvenirs (pins, stationary, clothing, etc.), postcards, identification books, cds, and videos, children's toys and books, clothes and hats with the Point Pelee logo, etc.
Point Pelee is located near the town of Leamington Ontario . Tomatos are grown in this area of Ontario . If you eat out you will probably be served , without asking , a monster tomato , not just a slice but the whole tomato .
Watch out for ticks, mosquitos, stable flies, deer flies, chiggers, and poison ivy. I'm sure this list isn't exhaustive! Bring insect repellent for the mosquitos, though it doesn't work too well for the other biting insects. Also, try to expose as little skin as possible, wear light, loose clothing and shoes (not sandals), and avoid wearing...more
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...more
This is a beautiful place for a walk and a picnic lunch. If you are docking your boat, there are daily activities as well as childrens activities, a dog walk area, barbecue area, laundry, and ice/snacks, and bike rental. Marina staff can also help you book a rental car, a round of golf, or dinner at a local restaurant.more
The strip of water between Point Pelee and Pelee Island became known as one of the most treacherous passages in Lake Erie. Since the early 1800's more than 200 ships sank in the vicinity of Point Pelee. The ErieQuest Marine Heritage Interpretive Centre in nearby Leamington, Ontario has several artifacts on display from Lake Erie shipwrecks. This is...more
At the Marsh Boardwalk, you will be able to rent a bicycle and there are also CANOE RENTALS. If we had the time we would have rented a canoe. Just the thought of paddling through the lily pads and enjoying the peace and serenity of the bullrushes and cat-tails --- AHHHH!
Equipment: Life Jackets provided. You should bring along lots of water bottles. The day we were there it was very hot 32C and wear a wide-brimmed hat.
Some say Point Pelee is "FOR THE BIRDS" -- well birds certainly have made the Point world famous. Each spring and fall, thousands of birds ( 370 species ) pass through this area. The spring migration begins with the arrival in early February, of the Horned Larks, followed by ducks, blackbirds, geese and swans. Point Pelee is best known for its...more
The PAINTED TURTLE is a common North American turtle. The adult turtle ranges in length from 4 to 10 inches. The shell / carapace, is a smooth flattened oval and is green to black in colour. The skin of the Painted Turtle is black to olive with red and yellow stripes on the neck, legs and tail and yellow stripes on the head. Painted Turtles can be...more
There are about 40 species of WATER LILY ( Nymphaea Odorata ) in the world.Water lilies have floating leaves. Many varieties may be found floating in ponds, lakes and sluggish streams just about everywhere in North America.Water lily leaves are circular in shape and are notched to the center. The leaves arise on stalks from long rhizomes in the...more