Visiting the southernmost part of mainland Canada extending for 15 kilometres into Lake Erie is Point Pelee National Park. The park is a landmass that was formed from transportation of sediment by longshore drifts and currents along a beach. Point Pelee is comprised of about 70% marsh where you will find more than 370 species of birds and great hikes. Sitting along the 42nd parallel and on Lake Erie Point Pelee National Park is a nature lovers paradise and a must visit for everyone.
Getting to Point Pelee National Park
To get to Point Pelee National Park you can only get here by car. Located 65km from Windsor, 180km from London and 355km from Toronto. There is no public transit that accesses the park. For exact details on how to get to Point Pelee National Park here are Parks Canada’s instructions.
Once in the park you can drive up to the Visitors Centre and after that the road is closed to private vehicles. There is a shuttle to the tip for free. This wheel chair accessible shuttle is offered daily between April and October and allows you to get to the tip (1km from the Visitors Centre). The tip is open to private vehicles form November to March only.
Things to do in Point Pelee National Park
Hiking: Explore Point Pelee on foot with some of their many walking and hiking trails that wine through the Carolinian forest. You can choose from an easy Marsh Boardwalk hike or the Woodland Nature Trail that takes you through the oldest forest habitat in the park. There are many great trails throughout the park each with something different to see and experience.
Biking: There are a few trails that allow bikes to explore on including the Centennial Bike and Hike Trail as well as the road that takes you to the tip from the Visitors Centre parking lot. Biking is only allow on there and all paved parked roads.
Kayaking and Canoeing: With over two two thirds of the park land covered in marsh what better way to explore than on the water. Bring your own canoe or kayak or rent them at the Marsh Boardwalk. Look out for wildlife along your water trek including beavers, turtles, muskrats and more.
Swimming: With being surrounded by so much water it would be hard to resist swimming on a hot day at Point Pelee. There are sandy beaches throughout the park but be aware you are not allowed to swim at the tip due to strong currents.
Here are a few more photos from our trip to Point Pelee National Park!