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Point Pelee National Park

Parks Canada's Infrastructure Program

What to know before you visit

Over the next five years, Parks Canada will invest $2.6 billion to support infrastructure improvements within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

This historic investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.

When visiting or driving through Point Pelee National Park, you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services while we complete this important work. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience. Consult the following list of current infrastructure projects in Point Pelee National Park to see if any road or facility work might impact your trip.

Infrastructure Projects in Point Pelee National Park

For a list of infrastructure projects that may impact visitors, see below.

Infrastructure Project - Minor visitor impact

Infrastructure Project - Closure

On-going projects and Area Closures

Northwest Beach Renewal
Infrastructure Project - Closure
Renewal of the Northwest Beach area will reduce the ecological footprint of this site, restoring 8000 m2 of sensitive dune habitat, while providing improved visitor facilities including a paved parking lot, new washroom/change room facilities, a covered pavilion and play area for children. In 2015, the parking lot was completed and starting September 19, 2016, the area will be closed for the construction of the buildings and other facilities. The project is anticipated to be completed for the 2017 season.

Overnight accommodation Renewal
Infrastructure Project - Closure
Renewal of the exising Group Campground and Henry Community Youth Camp will provide new opportunities for overnight stays at Point Pelee National. The addition of 24 Parks Canada oTentik tents and upgrades to washrooms and common buildings are included in the project.

The Group Campground and Henry Community Youth Camp are closed for the construction of oTentiks and other buildings. The project is anticipated to be completed in 2017.

Upcoming Infrastructure Projects

Renewal of the western Breakwall
Infrastructure Project - Starting Fall 2016
The western shoreline of the park, and in particular the breakwall south of the Visitor Centre have been severely impacted by erosion in the last 5 years. To prevent further erosion and mitigate the impacts of the current erosion, significant work will be done to reconstruct and stabilize the breakwall on the west side of the park. For visitor safety, the West Beach Footpath, from the Half-way Point to the Tip parking area will be closed.

Park Road
Infrastructure Project - Starting Fall 2016 (or spring 2017)
The park road from the park gate to the Visitor Centre will be under construction. In addition to repaving and upgrading the park road, a sanitary sewer line will be installed and the remaining above ground hydro lines in the park will be buried as well, minimizing their impact on park habitats. During construction access to park facilities will continue, however you can expect delays.

Completed Infrastructure Projects

Renewal of the Visitor Centre Theatre
Infrastructure Project - Completed
The Visitor Centre theatre has undergone major changes - with updated audio-visual equipment, new seating space and the addition of a classroom. Updates to the exterior of the building, including improved landscaping, expanded seating and picnic tables and a new waiting area for the shuttle, complete with shade structures are ready for visitors to enjoy.

Multi-use Trail Expansion
Infrastructure Project - Completed
As part of our new multi-use trail expansion program, several park trails have been upgraded in 2015-16 : Tilden Woods, Anders Footpath and Chinquapin Oak Trail. In addition, the multiuse trail has expanded to the north and visitors are now able to access the trail at the Park Entrance to the Marsh Boardwalk area. Some trails are seasonally available for cycling, while others are open to cycling year-round.

*Please note: This is not an exhaustive list of infrastructure projects underway in Point Pelee National Park. Only projects that may impact visitors are listed.

Do you need more information?

For more information on any of these projects, please call 519-322-2365 ext 0. We apologize for any inconvenience.