THE INN: A simple Inn, on a quiet island.
We invite you to wander back in time and let yourself be charmed by the simplicity of yesteryear when too much screen time was not a concern and the best “connections” were made on a porch.
Get back to basics in Canada’s most Southern Inn…on Canada’s most Southern inhabited island.
Bike the island, spend the day at the winery, hike the trails and soak up the sun on your own schedule. It won’t take long before you find yourself on island time where stars light the night sky and talkative birds become your new alarm clock. If you’re yearning to ditch the rat race… wander over to Pelee Island.
“Not All Who Wander Are Lost”
The Inn has lived many lives and is steeped in history but its name is not a part of its heritage. I wish we could say there was some historic significance to the new name… but really, there isn’t!
We came to Pelee Island in 2009 and our dog, Fred, quickly made friends with every human and dog he came across during his hours wandering the beach. Even to this day, whether Fred is hanging on the deck with Jill and John, playing with Finn, chasing Beamer, cowering in the shadow of a 5-pound Yorkie named Dexter or splashing with Molly and Marnie; he wanders… and he continues to make friends. Truth be told, that is pretty much what everyone does here…wanders.
Welcome to Pelee Island and welcome to the Wandering Dog Inn. Make yourself at home, make new friends, reconnect with old ones or simply…. WANDER!
Kevin + Cathy Miller
Stay Like a Local
Breakfast?: Depends on what you call breakfast...
We understand you desperately want gourmet waffles, with heavy cream and fresh strawberries… but the dog ate all that. We do offer self serve continental breakie on the veranda 7 days a week 8am – 10am. Plan ahead if you have special dietary requirements. Each suite has it’s own coffee maker and there is a super fancy Keurig machine in the lobby of the main house. Coffee and tea are always available. Our water is tested and treated and we also provide “town water” free on the veranda.
Check In / Check Out
When you reserve your room online, we kindly ask you to estimate your time of arrival at the Inn so we can plan to greet you and you get you settled. Check in is after 3:00 p.m. During your stay, you can use the key that is provided to lock your room as you come and go. When you leave, simply leave the key in the door. Don’t worry, if you lose the key, you’ll just have to sleep in the barn 🙂 Check out is at 11:00 a.m.
Toilets: Pay Attention City Folk!
Attention City Folk, toilets on Pelee Island are temperamental. They don’t like pounds of toilet paper and they definitely hate paper towels. Pelee Island toilets reject feminine hygiene products, diapers of any kind and latex materials (if you know what we’re sayin’). So…. Enjoy the single ply toilet paper and please place anything else in the brown paper bags provided and chuck those bad boys into the garbage! We want your toilet to remain in good working order, as we presume you do too!
Toiletries: All Natural or Nothing
We have provided single serve all natural soaps, shampoos, and conditioners for your use. Please use them and help us reduce harmful chemicals in our wastewater. Or…use nothing?
BBQ: Bring Your Own Meat
If you’re in a suite, we have charcoal BBQ’s for your grilling pleasure! Please don’t grill too close to the INN. There is a melted siding premium…
Bring your own charcoal please!
Smoking: No Thank You... but also Cannabis
Smoking cigarettes causes cancer and stinks, but if you still want to do it, outside only and not in other peoples faces please. Smoking is not permitted in any room.
Vaping and smoking Cannabis falls under the smoke free Ontario regulations. Only in common outdoor areas, and 9 meters from any door or smoke fee domicile.
Kids: Sort of?
We know you love your kids and we’re sure they are the super cutest kids that have ever been born – BUT – the house is for adults only. We have a family suite that can accommodate your kidlets and is subject to availability. Children must be supervised at all times, particularly around the fire pits and parking lot.
Beach Rights: Foot of East West Rd
Guests can access the lake at the foot of East West Road… but there are no real beach rights. So – if you’d like to go for a swim, and the water isn’t too rough – go for it! Or if you’d like to walk the shore, feel free. The beach to the east and west of this access point is private and we ask that you respect private property and don’t set up on the beach for the day. If you want to set up at a beach for the day, visit East Park Beach or Sunset beach.
Accessibility: Self Identify for Assistance
Service dogs welcome. The Wandering Dog is not a wheel chair accessible property at this time.
Garbage: Do Your Part!
We have recycling bins in the suites and in the main house to encourage you to recycle as much as you can. Sort paper from containers and remember that all garbage has to be transferred off the island at great cost. Plates and flatware we provide can go in garbage, drinkware gets recycled. If you can do your part, we’ll let you come back!
If you keep them relatively short, we’d appreciate it.
Fires: Natural + Gas
Small fires are permitted only in the fire pit provided. Don’t burn stuff down and remember… we did say SMALL fires. Children must be watched at all times. We also have one touch gas fire pits for our less rustic guests.
Bar Fridges: Available in Suites
Small fridges are available in the suites. Small request: leave coolers on the porch. Wet carpets are gross.
Poison Ivy: Basically... everywhere
…is everywhere. Don’t wander into the woods or gardens and remember, “leaves of three, let them be.”
Parking: Bikes, Motorcycles, Boats and Cars
We have plenty of free parking for bikes, motorcycles, boats and cars. Scooters too. Cause scooters are cute.
Pets: Don't end up in the doghouse!
We love dogs and like most responsible dog owners want to include them on our travels as often as we can. We do offer one dog-friendly suite… fetch it first! For more information – see our pet policy.
**Rough water warning***
Do not swim in rough waters anywhere on Pelee Island. There are plenty of undertows in the area and no lifeguards. Use your best judgement.
No Jerks Policy!
Come as you are; all are welcome at the Inn. Unless you’re a jerk.
We expect all our guests to treat each other and us with respect. The golden rule applies here. Be considerate of other people, animals and plants at the Inn and around the island. We’re all in it together.
If you’re not sure if you’re a jerk… ask your friends, neighbours and co-workers. It’ll be a fun conversation for everyone!