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Point Pelee National Park

Hike through marshes and jungle-like environs and visit mainland Canada’s southernmost point in this small but impressive national park.

Point Pelee National Park excites with its unusual climate, Carolinian forests, marshes, beaches and wildlife. The wilderness covers an area of nearly 6 square miles (15 square kilometers) and is a major migratory route for birds and monarch butterflies. Paddle through wetlands, hike along woodland trails and go looking for rare bird species.

The national park is within the Carolinian zone, where the temperatures are warmer than similar locations at the same latitudes elsewhere in North America. A consequence of this is a rich biodiversity.

Start your exploration at the Visitor Center where exhibits highlight many of the park's features. From April to October, you can take the shuttle service from here to the Tip, the most southerly point of mainland Canada. Then go on a self-guided tour of the wilderness or join a ranger-guided interpretative walk.

Hike through new forests of red cedars, willows, hop trees and cottonwoods. Venture into older forests which resemble jungles, and where light barely penetrates the dense foliage. 

Canoe or kayak through the freshwater marshes. Listen to the sounds of the swamp and spot turtles, frogs, snakes and muskrats. You can also explore part of the marshlands by strolling along the boardwalk. Rent a bike and navigate the dips and turns of the Centennial Bike and Hike Trail, which starts close to the Marsh Boardwalk.

If you are a wildlife enthusiast, visit the park for the annual fall and spring bird migrations. More than 390 species have been recorded here, with most arriving during the spring. Species include large numbers of songbirds. The park also witnesses a huge influx of monarch butterflies in late spring.

In the warmer weather, go swimming at one of the beaches and enjoy a picnic at the White Pine picnic shelter, which is enclosed during winter.

Point Pelee National Park is 40 miles (64 kilometers) southeast of Windsor, Ontario. Opening hours vary according to the season, so check the park’s official website for the most up-to-date information. There is an entrance fee to the park, which has parking and washroom facilities.


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Best Western Plus Leamington Hotel & Conference Centre $117
Reviewed on May 9, 2019
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Best Western Plus Leamington Hotel & Conference Centre

Best Western Plus Leamington Hotel & Conference Centre

566 Bevel Line Rd, Leamington, ON
     
    4.0 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Proximity to Point Pelee, indoor pool and recreation area, nice breakfast, and friendly staff are among its pluses. Not a particularly new facility, but clean and well-maintained. I've been coming here annually for about 25 years and current management are doing a good job. A bit pricey during the ...

    Point Pelee Lakeshore B&B $93
    Reviewed on Sep 7, 2018
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    Point Pelee Lakeshore B&B

    Point Pelee Lakeshore B&B

    804 Point Pelee Drive, Leamington, ON
       
      5.0 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0

      An idyllic B&B ‘escape’ ,on the shores of Lake Erie ,run by a lovely couple... very clean & cozy , & just a short drive to Point Pelee National Park... Greeted in the morning , with an incredibly fresh & delicious breakfast ! Awesome !

      Seacliffe Inn $98
      Reviewed on May 20, 2019
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      Seacliffe Inn

      Seacliffe Inn

      388 Erie Street South, Leamington, ON
         
        4.1 of 5
        3.0 out of 5.0

        The staff are very welcoming. The room was spacious and the bed was very comfortable. The restaurant “Thirteen at the Inn “ . located on the property, is excellent. The only draw back is no elevator (have to use stairs to reach second and third floor) which we were aware of prior to arriving

        'pelee Shores' Point Pelee Lakefront Vacation Cottage
        Reviewed on Sep 18, 2018
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        'pelee Shores' Point Pelee Lakefront Vacation Cottage

        'pelee Shores' Point Pelee Lakefront Vacation Cottage

        Leamington, ON
           
          4.6 of 5
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          We loved our 2 week vacation at this wonderful cottage. Even though it was hot there was always a breeze from the water on the deck so we could enjoy the outdoors and the view, plus the house is air conditioned. The cottage is beautifully decorated and has all the comforts of home. We visited Point ...

          Quality Inn $122
          Reviewed on May 21, 2019
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          Quality Inn

          Quality Inn

          279 Erie St S, Leamington, ON
             
            4.2 of 5
            2.5 out of 5.0

            Very new property! Everything shining. However, too small rooms and too pricey

            Anchors Away
            Reviewed on Jul 12, 2015
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            Anchors Away

            Anchors Away

            273 Robson Rd., Leamington, ON
               
              5.0 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0

              This was the most comfortable stay I have had anywhere. Richard supplies everything you need, from major appliances, all the way down to ziplock baggies. Pay the same price as a hotel in the area, but got a whole entire top floor of a beautiful house. The beds were super comfortable. Enjoyed the ...

              Days Inn by Wyndham Leamington $115
              Reviewed on May 14, 2019
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              Days Inn by Wyndham Leamington

              Days Inn by Wyndham Leamington

              201 Erie St N, Leamington, ON
                 
                3.8 of 5
                2.5 out of 5.0

                Spacious room and nice bed. No guest elevator, breakfast was sub par versus comparable hotels.

                Hillman Marsh 1 Bedroom Cottage, 2 Minute Walk to Public Beach
                Reviewed on Jul 16, 2018
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                Hillman Marsh 1 Bedroom Cottage, 2 Minute Walk to Public Beach

                Hillman Marsh 1 Bedroom Cottage, 2 Minute Walk to Public Beach

                Leamington, ON
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  My wife and two year old stayed here as we needed a small space that was close to Point Pelee. We did hiking, swimming at the beaches, and went to Birdies fish and chips. We had a blast.