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History of The Wandering Dog Inn


We acknowledge we are on the traditional, ancestral land of Caldwell First Nation, and part of the house of Walpole Island First Nation. We recognize and respect all First Nations who have gathered on Pelee Island and remain stewards of the land and waters of Turtle Island.

The Main House is comprised of two old farmhouses that were moved to the current location at different times.  In 1883, Ohio merchants Schoephle and Gfroehr owned a 90 acre farm with the Main House across from the old Schoolhouse on Stone Road in an area now known as Stone Road Alvar.  The tenant farmer on the property and original resident was John Jupp.  The Jupp farmhouse was moved to EastWest Road in 1905 then a second home was added to the back of the original structure in 1920.  Mismatched original hardwood floors inside the Main House give away where the two houses are joined.  John + Margaret Jupp are buried at the North Bay Cemetery on Pelee island.  From farmstead to hunting lodge, bed and breakfast, and Inn… The Wandering Dog Inn has stood at the corner of East West Road for over a century and welcomed people from around the world.

Formerly known as:

  • Gillis Lodge
  • Mill Point Lodge
  • The Tin Goose Inn
  • The Wandering Pheasant Inn

excerpts taken from A Bicycle Guide to Pelee Island