Point Pelee National Park of Canada
Tourism, Ontario, Travel Guide
If you are in southern Ontario and want to enjoy nature you should not miss to visit the "National Park Point Pelee" which is located close to Leamington.
Sandy beaches invite you for sun bathing and swimming. We will take advantage of that when we return.
Camping is very limited and restricted. Please contact the park for more information. We will look for a reasonable priced B & B when we come back.
When you enter the park, get all available printed information. Especially the map is important. We show this map very simplified. The original contains much more helpful information about the hiking trails, hours of operations of the different offered services, and warnings were not to swim.
To reach the southern tip of the peninsula you must either use the free shuttle bus which starts at the visitor center or you must walk the distance from here. During winter you are allowed to drive with your car to the most southern parking lot.
We recommend that you visit first the information center to see what the park offers and helps you not to miss anything of interest to you. Try to be there in the morning! That gives you the rest of the day for doing all that. We will plan at least two days for our next visit. We loved the beach.
The "Visitor Center" of Point Pelee
We were too late to see everything
Don't miss to visit the theater - even when the sun is shining. The visit is included in the price and you will learn many things about the park and it's inhabitants.
You can also collect or purchase more informative material here.
Use the free shuttle bus to the southern tip of Point Pelee. However, the last piece you must walk. We made this tour during our first visit.
Elizabeth, my wife, discovered many rare plants and flowers. She would have loved to take some of them home. But this is not allowed and certainly they would not have survived the trip.
If you are not familiar with plants, please do not touch them. You could experience some unpleasant surprises. Certainly something to talk about later, but Poison Ivy for example could ruin some of the remaining vacation days.
It is better to talk later about nice things which you enjoyed.
In the rear - the shuttle bus
On our way to the most southern point of mainland Canada
The most southern part of mainland Canada
Relaxing on Lake Erie
Mid of May and during the week - only a few visitors
For an European it is almost unbelievable that this is a lake and not an ocean.
Please be aware that in this area of Point Pelee very dangerous under currents make swimming to a risk. For that reason it is not even allowed to wade in the shallow water. There are no life guards on duty and you certainly do not want to become another victim by ignoring these warnings.
Clean air and...
It is also mandatory to wear life vest when using a canoe. No "Baywatch" is around to help you!
Another good advise. Stay on the hiking trails to minimize the risk that black-legged ticks which are waiting for victims can attack you and infect you with Lyme disease.
Clean rest rooms are provided in may areas.
Black flies and other bloodthirsty insects can be a real thread at certain times. If this is the case warnings will be posted and you should prepare yourself against these little attackers by using propellants or adequate clothing.
It was too early for going swimming anyhow when we came mid of May, but we liked the sandy beach on the west coast of Point Pelee and decided to come back if the water temperature is suitable for Elizabeth to do some sunbathing.
Parking is provided very close and everything was very clean.
There is even a part of the beach with dunes.
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