Things To Do
Pelee Island might be one of the most under-rated tourist spots in all of Canada. It’s southern charm, untouched nature and postcard perfect beaches 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 August:
A two-day music and arts fest held at the East Park Campground during the Civic Long Weekend (August 4th and 5th, 2018. In its fifth year this festival has brought 45 local, regional and national acts to Pelee Island including The Strumbellas, Elliott Brood, Great Lake Swimmers, Tara Lightfoot, Fred Eaglesmith, The Good Lovelies and more.
The Pelee Island Winery Half Marathon June:
Canada’s most Southern half-Marathon takes place on a remote Lake Erie Island, ending at a local winery. This exclusive event is limited to approximately 400 participants and is sold out months in advance!
Spring Song: May
This event started 13 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 Studio Tour: July
An event that showcases local artisans on the island by giving tours of their studio’s, finishing the day with a celebratory dinner event that raises 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 2018 Pelee Island Parade. From a giant dragonfly to Captain Canada, a Pelee Island Parade Participant ribbon is a bucket list must have!
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 offer something different every week.
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.
Stone Road and Brown’s Road Alvars: 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.
Detailed Map on Pelee Island App.
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!
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.
Pinot Beach Access: Small and located at the foot of East West road, steps from the Inn. There is a rough water warning here, but this is a great place to enter the beach for a good long walk.
Sunset Beach: Small beach, great for sunsets!
SWIMMING IS NOT recommended at Fish point or Lighthouse Point.
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.
BEST ALL AROUND TOUR Co.: Explore Pelee: Local tour guides will show you all the secret magical spots of 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 either a Zodiac Tour, Banana Boat ride or SUP rental as part of your vacation at Pelee Island.