Point Pelee National Park of Canada
Most Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is there camping at the park?
No, we are a day-use park. Point Pelee National Park is one of Canada's smallest national parks. It is 15km 2 , however, two thirds of that is marsh. The remaining 5km 2 is in the shape of a sliver of land overlaid with trails, picnic facilities, interpretive areas and the park road.
Spend 2, 4 hours or a day in beautiful Point Pelee National Park and camp in one of the many surrounding campgrounds.
2. What are those biting flies?
They are called stable flies and they look a lot like a housefly in size and colour. In order for the females to lay eggs, they feed on the blood of animals and humans. Since insect repellent is not effective against stable flies because they hunt by sight versus by smell like mosquitoes, to protect yourself and still have an enjoyable experience at the park, wear loose light-coloured clothing, long pants and closed toed shoes. During the period of high abundance of stable flies, inland trails like the DeLaurier Trail and Marsh Boardwalk are good areas to visit.
3. Do you have canoe rentals?
Yes, this service is provided by the Friends of Point Pelee at the Marsh Boardwalk's Cattail Café from May 1st to Thanksgiving weekend.
Canoes at $12.00/hr or $25.00 for 4 hrs
For hours of operation, give the Cattail Café a call @ 519-322-1654 check the hours of operation here.
4. How much is the shuttle to the tip ride?
The shuttle to the tip is included in your park entrance fee.
5. Is there a place to eat in the Park?
We have lots of beautiful picnic areas equipped with stationary BBQs and picnic tables throughout the park. Bring charcoal if you want to BBQ your meal.
6. So, what's at the Visitor Centre?
Come and view the exhibits, explore cool things in the Children's Discovery Room, speak to a knowledgeable and friendly staff member, see a theatre program, go shopping at the gift shop, take the shuttle to the tip, or stroll along one of the many trails that leave from the Visitor Centre area ( click here to view park trails ).
7. Is the park on Pelee Island?
No, people often confuse the two! Point Pelee National Park is the mainland national park and Pelee Island is located in the western basin of Lake Erie. It is part of the Township of Pelee in Essex County.
For information on Pelee Island, please check www.pelee.org
8. Can we take the ferry from Point Pelee?
No, the ferry to Pelee Island is accessible using the passenger ferry MV Jiimaan or MV Pelee Islander from either at the foot of Erie St. S. in Leamington or off Park St. in Kingsville.
For more information on the ferries to Pelee Island, contact 1.800.661.2220 or click here .
9. Is Point Pelee open all year?
Yes! We are open 365 days a year, with free entry on July 1st.
10. When is a good time to experience the spring migration?
During our Festival of Birds, which takes place the first 3 weeks of May. The 2nd week historically has the most diversity and numbers, as early and late migrants often overlap during this time period. Plan your trip in advance as accommodation often books up fast and is hard to find!
11. When do the monarchs arrive?
Viewing is best from late August until early October and generally peaks in September. However, it is very unpredictable as it depends on weather conditions. Watch for cool nights with cold fronts and you can always call our daily recorded infoline in September at 519-322-2371.
12. What is the water quality there? Is it okay to swim?
Northwest Beach along with several other area beaches are tested from the middle of June to just after Labour Day by the Windsor Essex County Health Unit. Samples are taken on Wednesday and we receive the results by Friday. Results are available by calling 519-259-2146, ext. 426 or online .
0-100 = safe for swimming
101-999 = higher risk for infection
1000 + beaches are closed to swimming
13. Can I bring my dog to the park?
Point Pelee does allow dogs, however, they have to be controlled on a leash (maximum 3 m or 10 feet) and under physical control at all times to reduce any possible threat to wildlife and the habitats upon which they depend. Please remember to stoop and scoop; bag dispensers are provided at popular trailheads. Dogs are allowed in all areas of the park including the Visitor Centre, beaches and the shuttle to the tip.
If you're coming from the United States, owners of cats and dogs must bring a certificate issued by a licensed American or Canadian veterinarian clearly identifying the pet and certifying that it has been vaccinated against rabies some time during the previous 36 months.
14. Travelling from the States?
For information, access this website: www.crossingmadeeasy.com
15. What do my user fees cover?
Entry and service fees are charged at most national parks and national historic sites, where revenues are kept to support visitor services and facilities. This means that every time you visit a park or site you are investing in its future — and in a legacy for future generations.