There’s so much to see and do in Ontario! Did you know that you can visit the southern most point in Canada for a weekend in Ontario? I went to Pelee Island this summer and had a blast! It’s about a 3.5 hour drive from Toronto, and then a 1.5 hour ferry ride. Here’s what I did while I was there!
Take a hike! Point Pelee National Park
At Point Pelee National Park you can take a stroll on the beautiful Marsh Boardwalk, where you may spot some birds. Walk up to the lookout point for a breathtaking view. Walk or hop on the shuttle to walk to the tip, the Southern most tip of mainland Canada. Currents here are dangerous, so it’s not a spot for swimming. However, the views are amazing! On our way to the tip, we saw a great blue heron! Note: This park is not on Pelee Island. You will want to visit this park while you are in Leamington, before you get on the ferry.
Getting There: Leamington to Pelee Island
We stayed overnight at the charming and nautically themed Seacliffe Inn. Incredibly close to the ferry, this inn offered a comfortable and convenient stay.
In the morning we hopped on the Leamington to Pelee Island Ferry. The ferry departs multiple times a day and runs until September 8th. There is another ferry from Kingsville to Leamington (the M.V. Jiimaan) if you want to visit in the fall. This ferry runs until October 19th. You can drive your car onto the ferry, or you can walk on. The ferry takes an hour and a half.
Get your wine on: Pelee Island Winery
This winery makes my absolute favourite wine, Pelee Island Time, a Riesling. Grapes are grown on the island, and the wine is made on the mainland in Kingsville. At 550 acres, the Pelee Island vineyards are the largest private estate in Canada. They grow over 18 different types of grapes. Take a tour of the winery, or relax on their outdoor pavilion where you can enjoy wood fired pizza with a glass of wine. I’m drinking Pelee Pink, a new favourite!
Stay: On Pelee Time Bed & Breakfast
This was my first time staying in a B&B! On Pelee Time is a cute house with a large enclosed patio and a friendly dog (Ella). The owner was super friendly and gave us all sorts of tips and info about the island.
She prepared a delicious breakfast for us (Frittata with bacon) and baked some fresh breads. Across the street they have a bench facing the lake for guests to sit and take in the gorgeous sunsets.
Explore the Island!
Learn a bit of the history of Pelee Island and see some favorite spots with Explore Pelee Motor Tours on their Island Motor Tour! Their big red van holds 11, and is helmed by their knowledgeable guides. We were able to see the beautiful remains of Pelee Island’s first winery, Vin Villa Winery. We took a short hike through the woods and then on the beach to see Lighthouse Point Provincial Nature Reserve (my favourite part of the tour) and stopped at the super popular Conorlee Bakery. (I had an apple tart, it was the best!) Tours run daily until October.