Things To Do
Pelee Island might be one of the most undiscovered tourist spots in all of Canada. It’s southern charm, untouched nature, natural beaches and 180 degree views of sunset or sunrise… make it an ideal destination for anyone looking to escape the rat race and get back to basics. Type A Personalities be warned… you are meant to slow down here, get on island time and forget about all the things you think you have to do. INSIDER TIP: Wave at everyone you pass on the road. We’re all friends here…
Events We Absolutely, Positively Lovvvve:
The Island Unplugged Music Festival in August:
A two-day music and arts fest held at the East Park Campground August 14 and 15, 2020). In its seventh year this festival has brought over 70 local, regional and national acts to Pelee Island including The Strumbellas, Elliott Brood, Great Lake Swimmers, Tara Lightfoot, Fred Eaglesmith, The Sadies, The Good Lovelies, Daniel Romano and more.
The Pelee Island Winery Half Marathon in May
Canada’s most Southern half-Marathon takes place on a remote Lake Erie Island, ending at Pelee Island Winery. This exclusive event is limited to approximately 400 participants and is sold out several months in advance! The 2020 race is on May 30 and begins at 10am. We look forward to cheering on our runners!
Spring Song: May 8 – 10
This event started 19 years ago as a fundraiser for The Heritage Centre with the help of Pelee Island Bird Observatory and Margaret Atwood. Today the celebration involving books and birds is traditionally held on Mother’s Day Weekend (perfect gift hint).
Pelee Art Works Uncorked: July 4
An event that showcases local artisans on the island with a makers market at the Pelee island Winery. End the day with a celebratory dinner event at the local legion, raising money to support projects of Pelee Island Community Arts
Pelee Island Parade: July
Come out for Canada Day weekend to see what floats and characters take centre stage in our 2019 Pelee Island Parade. From a giant dragonfly to Captain Canada, a Pelee Island Parade Participant ribbon is a bucket list must have! Head over to the West dock to catch a glipse of local floats.
Stone+Sky Music & Arts Series: July-August
A growing and eclectic series of concerts and artistic events containing spoken word, live performance and visual arts. Sunday night performances take place in a limestone amphitheatre located just east of the Pelee Island Winery on East West Road. This series offers something different every week and is a must do for our Sunday night guests.
Island Eats: Most Kitchens stop serving dinner before 9pm. Eat early!
- Pelee Island Winery- deli hut and wood fire pizza (AND WINE) 11am – 8pm through summer. Regular tours. https://www.peleeisland.com/island/island_tours.php
- Westview Tavern – open for lunch / dinner with a late night bar menu 9:30pm – 12am, 7 days a week. Best burger in town. Live music on weekends.
- The Bakery – breakfast treats, sammies, coffee, lunches and grab a pizza to go on the weekends! http://conorleefoods.com/pizza.php
- Stonehouse Brewery – New in 2018. Perfect sunsets on the patio, live music and craft cocktails www.stonehouse1891.com.
- The Filling Station – dogs and snacks and ICE CREAM (July + August only)
- Coneheads – Ice cream, shakes + coffee.
- The Legion – grab a good old fashioned big plate breakfast with the locals.
- The Anchor and Wheel – fresh lake perch and big island buffets – limited dinner hours, the blackened pickerel is a local favourite.
Hiking and Biking:
MUST SEE: Pelee Island Nature Reserves: The Lighthouse Point and Fish Point Nature Reserves cover more than 170 hectares of the Island and are home to some of the most provincially rare plants and animals. The Nature Reserves are home to many animals you’re familiar with and some that are threatened species. These are preserved areas with nearly untouched forests, please travel lightly.
Map is found on Pelee Island App.
INSTGRAMMABLE: Mission Hall Project. A beautiful restoration and miniature version of an original Mennonite Mission Church on Pelee Island. It is nestled in front of the lavender fields on Ruggles Run in the Pelee Island Winery Vineyard.
Stone Road and Brown’s Road Alvars: Very near to the Inn. These alvars are very unique ecological areas that have important plant and wildlife living amongst the natural habitat. Stone Road Alvar has almost 200 hectares of wooded and limestone plain (alvar) that is unlike anywhere else in Canada. Brown’s Road Alvar is a nearly 300 hectare natural area, with a mosaic of savanna, open woodlands, meadows and thickets, this area is a perfect combination for habitats that are crucial to many species at risk. This natural area also surrounds the beautiful Noah Garno Trail from Brown’s Road to Harris Garno Road.
Map is found on Pelee Island App.
MUST BIKE: The Pelee Island Waterfront Trail: A 28km circular route following close to the Lake Erie shoreline all around the island. The route travels quiet country roads, through small hamlets, farmland, vineyards and natural areas, and has equal sections that are paved and unpaved. The Waterfront Trail also connects to the Islands’ Ecological Trail System, providing access to beaches, forests, sand dunes, marshes and alvars found nowhere else in Canada.
*** INSIDER TIP: BIKING THE ISLAND IS AN SCENIC, EASY RIDE. BRING YOUR OWN BIKES OR RENT UPON ARRIVAL FROM COMFORTECH – 519 724 2828*** we recommend e-bikes for those infrequent bikers as a fun and green way to see the whole island!
Beaches: Our beaches are natural.
It is important to note that the water levels at our beaches are ever changing and there are no lifeguards or public amenities on site. Be careful, but enjoy all the beauty our beaches have to offer! Want to pitch in and do your part? Grab an Eco Works bucket from the veranda and help us pick plastic from our beaches and protect our Great Lake. Return buckets to the Inn and we’ll see that the contents are recycled!
BEST BEACH : East Beach: Largest public beach best suited for swimming is located across from East Park Campground, walking distance to the Inn. The bathrooms / shower at the Campground can be used for a fee between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. There are 3 public beaches on East Shore Rd, only East Park Campground Beach has facilities.
Lake Access: Small and located at the foot of East West road, steps from the Inn. There is a rough water warning here, so use your judgement before swimming. This is a great place to go for a quick morning dip or cool of at the end of a long, well enjoyed day.
Sunrise Beach: Small beach, on the east side, south of Parsons.
Bown’s Beach: through the path at Middle Point Woods and secluded.
SWIMMING IS NOT recommended at Fish point or Lighthouse Point. Both beaches are lovely hikes.
NOTE: For most complete maps and up to date tourism information we recommend downloading the Pelee Island App from the App store or on Google Play.
Van TOURS Co.: Explore Pelee: Local tour guides will show you the island and give historical accounts of life in Canada’s most southern community. Explore Pelee Island’s charm with Explore Pelee.
BEST FISHING TOUR: Chante Charters: Fish with Captains John and Jared. With more than 50 years of experience fishing world class walleye and jumbo yellow perch, they can ensure a successful trip in the Western Lake Erie Basin.
GET ON THE WATER: Pelee Island Tours: If visiting for the day or the week, make a point to include a Zodiac Tour to other islands in our archipelago.