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Point Pelee National Park of Canada

Visitor Safety

Ticks and Lyme Disease

The black-legged tick, one of the carriers of Lyme disease, has become established at Point Pelee. For a complete article and list of precautions, click here .


There are no lifeguards on duty at any of the Park's beaches. Never swim alone and always treat Lake Erie with caution. The lake can become rough very rapidly.

The Tip area located at the extreme south end of the Park is a popular destination for visitors. There is NO swimming or wading in this area. Please obey the signs posted. Currents exist in this area that pose a hazard and are extremely dangerous.

Poison Ivy
Poison Ivy
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Poison Ivy

This plant is common throughout the Park in two growth forms; a ground-hugging shrub and a high-climbing woody vine. Poison Ivy is very irritating to those who are sensitive to it. It can be easily avoided by staying on the pathways that it grows along in the Park.

Biting Insects

Warm summer weather can often bring with it a variety of sucking or biting insects such as mosquitoes and stable flies. Signs are posted at the park entrance when biting insect populations are high. Long-sleeved clothing and, if necessary, insect repellent can make your visit more enjoyable during these periods. Dawn and dusk are peak mosquito times, but stable flies are active throughout the day.

Personal Items

To ensure the security of personal items, we recommend that all vehicle doors be locked and all valuable items be kept from view.

Animal Feeding

The feeding of any animal (e.g. deer, raccoons, birds, squirrels and fish) is strictly prohibited. Avoid the danger of being bitten and minimize your affect on the Park's ecological balance.

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