2017 Calendar of events
Earth Day Beach Clean-up
West Beach, 10 a.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with a beach clean-up. Join park staff at West Beach and help clean up the garbage washed up on the beach over the winter. Call park for more information.
Visitor Centre - 7 p.m.
Visitors will be introduced to the Frogs and Toads that make Point Pelee home and learn how we monitor frogs by participating in a nocturnal survey. After the hike, join members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Windsor-Essex for star gazing from the Visitor Centre parking lot. Park open to midnight.
Festival of Birds
May 1 - 22
Join us for our annual celebration of spring migration at Point Pelee National Park. Daily birding hikes, Lunch and Learn sessions, Birder Breakfast and Lunch and so much more. Visit Festival of Birds website for more details.
Visitor Centre, 8 p.m.
Visitors will have the chance to see the quirky and interesting mating rituals of the American Woodcock. Aerial displays and calling will be featured in this short walk. Park open to midnight.
Marsh by Moonlight
8:30 p.m., Marsh Boardwalk
Enjoy warm spring evening and a nearly full moon. Join us moonlight paddle through the marsh or take a hike around the Marsh Boardwalk to learn about our Marsh Monitoring program. Members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada - Windsor Centre will be on hand at the boardwalk location beginning shortly after sunset, pointing out the constellations of early summer and offering a close-up view of the full moon as it rises in the southeast. The planet, Jupiter, is also well placed in the sky all evening long and even Saturn, with its incomparable ring system, is coming into view. We will be enjoying amazing views of these and other sights through the telescope.
Pre-registration is required for the paddling event. Registration start May 23, 2017. Please contact the park at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-322-2365 for more information.
June 17 & 18
June is a great time to dust off your camera and get out to the park and take some photos. The marsh comes alive in June, the canopy of leaves is full and the vista from the Tip changes every day. Pick your favourite shots and enter them in our Canada 150 Photo Contest.
Photography For Kids
Visitor Centre, 10 a.m. – Noon.
Is your child an aspiring shutter bug? Then this is the perfect opportunity for them to learn the basics of photography. We’ll provide the camera and an expert leader and your child will do the rest. Space is limited, please contact us at email@example.com or 519-322-2365 to register.
Visitor Centre, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Join Ted Kloske from Henry’s Camera in Windsor for an informative session. Start with the basics in the theatre and then head out to the park under the guidance of an expert to get that perfect Pelee shot.
Science Open House and special screening of “Call of the Forest”
6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Have you ever wondered how park staff research and monitor the wildlife of Point Pelee. Join the park’s Resource Conservation staff for an evening of sharing.
As a special treat, we will be screening the inspiring film, “Call of the Forest”. Learn how you can become part of the restoration and monitoring program at Point Pelee National Park in the future. Space is limited to 120 participants. Please contact us to register at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519-322-2365.
Canada Day Celebrations
It’s Canada’s 150th birthday and we’re ready to celebrate. Join us for fun activities throughout the park, including a park wide scavenger hunt. At Northwest Beach join in the Canada Day Beach Bash – we’ll have lots of fun activities for the kids, birthday cake at 1 p.m. and BBQ treats (for a reasonable price). At the Visitor Centre you can get creative at the Canada Day Craft Centre, take in a creature feature and also enjoy birthday cake at 1 p.m. Ride the shuttle to the Tip, take a hike on a park trail or relax with a picnic at the beach – there is something for everyone on Canada Day at Point Pelee!
Butterflies of the Night
Visitor Centre, 9 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Spend the night with a local expert and see what amazing species he’s able to attract – you’ll be surprised just how colourful some moths are.
Parks Day – Paddle Day
Marsh Boardwalk, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Celebrate Parks Day with a paddle through the marsh. Join our friends from Pelee Wings Paddlesports and try out the latest in kayaks (15 minute test paddles, register on-site). Rent a canoe from the Friends of Point Pelee or join one of our popular Frieghter Canoe Tours (pre-registration is available, contact us at email@example.com or call 519-322-2365.
Join acclaimed astronomer Rick Stankiewicz for a weekend filled with astronomy. View the surface of the sun, take in a show at the portable planetarium and join in the stargazing. Park open to midnight July 22.
August 5 - 6
Are you curious about the secret lives of reptiles? Interested in where they live or what they eat? Point Pelee National Park is pleased to welcome Sciensational Sssnakes!! which provides hands-on education about reptiles and amphibians to audiences of all ages. Their presentation will include information about the animals, their ecology and conservation issues as well as a session in which participants are able to interact, touch and hold the animals. The team will be on hand with a variety of reptiles, some of which can be found in Point Pelee National Park.
Perseid Meteor Celebration
August 12 - 13
We’re staying open all night to view the peak of this annual meteor shower. Join members of RASC at West Beach later in the evening and enjoy the meteor show. Park open all night between August 12 and 13.
September 2 & 3
Visitor Centre, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Join Wild Ontario at the Visitor Centre and see live birds of prey. Learn about the role they play in the environment.