Point Pelee National Park is one of the most biodiverse protected areas in Canada, home to an abundance of plant and animal life. It is also a well-known migration stopover for Monarch butterflies and birds.

Monarch butterflies

For a few special days each autumn, Point Pelee is a temporary home to thousands of migrating monarch butterflies. As soon as favourable conditions occur, they begin one of nature’s greatest journeys by crossing Lake Erie. They cannot linger, for their destination is some 3000 km further south, in the mountains of central Mexico! 

Songbird migration

Point Pelee National Park is renowned as the best location in inland North America to observe the northward migration of songbirds. Probably the most impressive part of Pelee's spring migration is the diversity and huge numbers of northbound warblers that descend on the area.

In recent years, many birders have found Point Pelee to be as exciting during the autumn migration as it is in the spring. In addition, records have shown that extreme rarities are even more likely to appear in autumn, despite the fewer observers actually looking for such rarities.

Festival of Birds

Share the excitement of birding at Point Pelee National Park with thousands of enthusiasts celebrating the return of the spring birds at the Festival of Birds in May.

More information about the Festival of Birds