Point Pelee National Park
Year Round: YES
Hours: Apr 17-Sep 7: 6 am-10 pm; Sep 8-Apr 15, 2016: 7 am-sunset
A lush Carolinian forest oasis at the southern tip of Canada, Point Pelee National Park resounds with migrating song birds in the spring, hums with cicadas in the summer, flutters with Monarch butterflies in the fall and is a peaceful place of reflection in the winter.
Point Pelee National Park is the most southern part of mainland Canada and has one of Ontario’s finest Carolinian habitats and Great Lakes marshes. The park gives refuge to more rare or endangered plants and animals than anywhere else in Canada. Visitors can stroll through the cattails along the 1.4-km., floating marsh boardwalk, climb the observation tower for one of the best views of the park, or explore the extremities of the marsh by canoe. The park has lovely beaches, 12 km. of trails that access many types of habitats, and a bicycle trail. The Visitor Centre runs video displays, an FM broadcast station, audio trail guides, children’s programs and the Cattail Cafe. A free shuttle system carries people from the Visitor Centre to the tip boardwalk from April to October. May is the best time to see songbirds that seek refuge on their northward migrations while September is the season to see Monarch butterfly swarms. The park opens 6 a.m.- 10 p.m. April to October (5 a.m. in May) and 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. mid-October to March. Updates on migrations can be accessed at the park's online Migration Monitoring or the park info-line at 519-322-2365 ext. 3.