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Point Pelee National Park of Canada
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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.

Contact Information:
Point  Pelee National Park
407 Robson Street
Leamington, Ontario N8H 3V4
Tel. 519-322-2365
E-Mail: pelee_info@pch.gc.ca
Hours of Operation:
All year long

Places close by:
Leamington, Amherstburg
Essex, Chatham, Windsor


As you can see Point Pelee National Park is located on the north-west coast of Lake Erie close to Leamington.
The tip of the peninsula is the most southern point of mainland Canada. Pelee Island is more southern, but can only be reached by boat.
The peninsula had a length of approximately 10 km (6.25 miles)and can be entered by car or motorcycle.. However, you have to stay on the assigned road and must obey the posted speed limits. Certain areas may be prohibited for all visitors at certain times to protect the wild life.
Point Pelee is an attraction for all people who love nature. Bird watchers come especially in spring and fall to see the migration of birds.
Another known attraction in autumn is the migration of monarch butterflies. Their destination is Mexico and very often they stop in this park before they proceed with their trip across Lake Erie. This migration depends very much from the weather conditions. If the wind conditions are favorable the butterflies may not have a rest here.
You can get all related information about the park in the "Visitor Centre" close to the southern tip of the peninsula. Watch the interesting film, browse through the exhibition, ask questions.
More information about fauna and flora can be found on the hiking trails.
You can also rent bicycles or canoes when you want to explore the marsh at the "Cattail Café".
Leamington, Point Pelee, National Park, Ontario, Canada, tourism, travel guide

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.

Leamington, Point Pelee, National Park, Ontario, Canada, tourism, travel guide
The "Visitor Center" of Point Pelee

Leamington, Point Pelee, National Park, Ontario, Canada, tourism, travel guide

Leamington, Point Pelee, National Park, Ontario, Canada, tourism, travel guide
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.

Leamington, Point Pelee, National Park, Ontario, Canada, tourism, travel guide
In the rear - the shuttle bus

Leamington, Point Pelee, National Park, Ontario, Canada, tourism, travel guide
On our way to the most southern point of mainland Canada

Leamington, Point Pelee, National Park, Ontario, Canada, tourism, travel guide
The most southern part of mainland Canada

Leamington, Point Pelee, National Park, Ontario, Canada, tourism, travel guide
Relaxing on Lake Erie

Leamington, Point Pelee, National Park, Ontario, Canada, tourism, travel guide
Mid of May and during the week - only a few visitors

Leamington, Point Pelee, National Park, Ontario, Canada, tourism, travel guide
Blue water

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.

Leamington, Point Pelee, National Park, Ontario, Canada, tourism, travel guide
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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