Last summer we took a road trip along the north shore of Lake Erie, stopping at many places along the way. Our goal was visiting Point Pelee National Park and to stand on the most southern point in mainland Canada.
We did! Now I can cross this off my Ontario travel bucket list.
Point Pelee is best known for the Monarch butterfly migrations that happen in late August and early October. While this may be the most exciting time to visit the area, it does draw crowds.
Here are some photos that I took during our visit in August that illustrate the beauty of this area and why it’s a must visit.
Tip: If traveling from Toronto, leave early in the morning to get to Point Pelee before noon. It is about a 3-1/2 hour drive. Pack a lunch and enjoy one of the many picnic tables located at the park.
A bit of advice: The tip at Point Pelee is beautiful but also very dangerous. While the water may seem shallow, there is a very strong riptide that can sweep even a grown adult out into the lake.
Looking towards land from the tip of Point Pelee – you can see one side has higher waves and the other is more calm. But still waters are deceiving.
To get to the tip from the parking lot, you can either walk several kilometres or hop on a shuttle bus (seen in the distance). On a hot day, we recommend the shuttle bus.
On your way out of Point Pelee National Park, you can stop by the marshes and walk along the boardwalk. This is an excellent spot for wildlife photography.
We recommend visiting Point Pelee National Park as one of the key places to visit on your Ontario travel bucket list.
If you’ve visited Point Pelee National Park, what are your favourite experiences there?