This downloadable map shows the best places to see birds inside and outside Point Pelee National Park. This map includes seasonal and year-round bicycle and hiking trails, park trails, foot paths, seasonal birding footpaths, and park roads.

Inside the park

Marsh

Staging area for waterfowl and the place to look for rails, bitterns and herons. Accessed at the Marsh Boardwalk and Sanctuary lookout.

Northwest Beach/Blue Heron

Songbirds sometimes become concentrated in this area where the forest habitat is narrow. Park at Northwest Beach and explore the area on foot.

DeLaurier Trail

Open grassy areas attract sparrows and provide vistas for hawk watching. Pick up the Centenntial Trail into Yellow-breasted Chat territory.

Tilden Woods

Water-filled sloughs attract songbirds, especially waterthrushes. Explore the seasonal birding footpaths to get the most out of your visit to this area.

Woodland Nature Trail & Post Woods

Upland and swamp forest meet along these trails, attracting a wide variety of songbirds.

Sparrow Field

Restored savannah provides prime habitat for migrating sparrows.

Tip Area

Wooded areas are excellent for migrating songbirds in spring and fall. Sandspit is a resting area for gulls and shorebirds. Surrounding lake is a staging area for waterfowl. Excellent hawk viewing in the fall.

West Beach Footpath

Restored savannahs provide habitat for sparrows and thickets for Yellow-breasted Chat.

Outside the Park

Onion Fields

Excellent for shorebirds and waterfowl. Roads are very narrow - use caution and avoid blocking traffic.

Hillman Marsh Conservation Area

Managed shorebird habitat in spring. Staging area for waterfowl with a 4 km diked loop trail.

Wheatley Harbour

Roosting area for gulls and terns. Associated creek is excellent for Great Egrets.

Kopegaren Woods Conservation Area

Small woodlot with walking trails, good for spring migrants and wildflowers.

Wheatley Provincial Park

Camping and walking trails. The creek through the site is good for marsh species.

Pelee Island

Several nature reserves provide excellent areas to see spring migrants. Pelee Island Bird Observatory is active during spring and fall migration.

Holiday Beach Conservation Area

Best place in Essex County to watch fall raptor migration. Wet woods are great for songbirds in spring and fall. The marsh is a staging area for waterfowl.

Ojibway Prairie Complex

Largest protected tall grass prairier and oak savannah in Ontario. Park specialties include Tufted Titmouse.

Trails, paths, and roads

Bicycle & Hiking Trail, year-round

  • 1.5 m wide, surfaced with crushed gravel and boardwalks

Footpaths

  • Narrow and unsurfaced with uneven and wet sections

Seasonal Birding Footpaths

  • Open during migration and marked with orange flagging tape
  • Narrow and unsurfaced with uneven and wet sections
  • Not suitable for larger groups

Bicycle & Hiking Trail, seasonal

  • Walking trail only during spring birding season (mid April through May)
  • 1.5 m wide, surfaced with crushed gravel and boardwalks

Park Trails

  • 1.5 m wide, surfaced with crushed gravel and boardwalks

Park Roads

  • No parking on roadsides
  • Only park in designated lots

The Dynamic Tip 

Lake Erie's natural coastal processes of erosion and deposition, as well as storms and high winds, continually impact the sand spit landform which makes up the park. Shoreline alteration is constant and most noticeable at the Tip which can change drastically in shape and length. To ensure safe visitor experiences and to protect the fragile Tip area habitat, trails and footpaths are monitored and may be closed or rerouted. 

Ticks

Ticks are a part of our environment and a small percentage of the park’s black-legged tick population carries the Lyme Disease bacterium.

For more information on Lyme disease, blacklegged ticks, and how to protect yourself from tick bites while enjoying the outdoors, visit the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Information about precautions is available at the Visitor Centre.