Point Pelee National Park of Canada

Hazards and Safety

Ticks and Lyme Disease

The black-legged tick has become firmly established at Point Pelee. This creature, which has spread to areas throughout North America, can carry a bacterium, which causes the Lyme disease.

Research to date suggests the risk of contracting Lyme disease at Point Pelee is very low. Through annual monitoring, the bacterium has now been detected at Point Pelee in a small percentage of the tick population.

Stages of Black-legged Tick (Actual Size)
Stages of Black-legged Tick (Actual Size)
© Parks Canada

While Lyme disease is not deadly, it can cause health problems if left untreated. To ensure that your risk of infection is minimized, make sure you and your pet remain on the designated trails. In addition, look for ticks on your body after a visit to any natural area. An infected tick can give you the disease if not removed within 24 to 48 hours.

Natural areas throughout North America which carry the risk of this disease continue to be enjoyed by millions of visitors each year. Play it safe when visiting Point Pelee and these other sites by simply using common sense.