COVID-19 and your visit to Point Pelee National Park
Openings and services differ across the country. Please check the Parks Canada national information portal dedicated to COVID-19 for regular updates.
Important information about your visit to Point Pelee National Park
Point Pelee National Park is open every day from 7 am to sunset.
What’s open (updated April 1 2021)
The park is open every day from 7 am to sunset
- Entrance fees are in effect.
- The number of vehicles entering the park may be limited based on parking capacity – visitors may experience wait times.
- Available by phone at 519-322-2365 ext 0 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday
- Vehicle access from the entrance gate to the Tip parking lot. If congestion occurs at the Tip, staff may close access beyond the Visitor Centre.
- All trails in the park are available, the following trails have been designated as one way trails, to encourage physical distancing: Marsh Boardwalk, Delaurier Homestead trail, Woodland Nature trail.
*Please note that all access to trails is subject to environmental conditions, and some trails or portions of trails may be closed due to flooding at the time of your visit.
Parking and day-use areas
- Parking is now open at all day-use areas.
- Marsh Boardwalk and Marsh Tower
- Tip Tower (Parking at the Visitor Centre. Access to the point is by foot or bike only.)
- Washrooms only available at Northwest Beach (weekends only), Blue heron picnic area, White Pine picnic area, the Visitor Centre, and the Tip (portajons).
What’s closed (updated April 1 2021)
- Camp Henry oTENTik sites are currently closed, and will remain closed for the duration of the provincewide emergency brake.
- Group camping facilities remain closed.
- Any camping reservations during this period will be refunded automatically.
Shuttle service from the Visitor Centre to the tip is suspended until further notice.
Interpretive programs and special events.
- In-person interpretation, group activities, and events are suspended until further notice.
- The volunteering program in Point Pelee National Park is suspended. Some individual activities may resume at a later date.
- Marsh Store
- Visitor Centre & Gift store
- Northwest Beach (Monday-Friday)
- Sleepy Hollow
- Madbin Jina
- Black Willow Beach
- West Beach
- The Tip (portajons available)
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the expectations for visitors in the park?
- Obey the rules of the road, including speed limits, seat belts.
- Leave natural objects where you find them, do not collect or gather any items.
- Leave alcohol at home, enjoy refreshing non-alcoholic drinks only.
- No swimming at the tip, enjoy a swim at one of the other beaches in the park.
- Respect physical distancing of 2 metres / 6.5 feet.
- Respect all signage, including signage on use of trails.
- Stay away from all construction areas, respect construction signage, and stay off closed road sections.
- Leave no trace when you visit outdoor spaces – dispose of garbage in designated receptacles, or take garbage and recycling with you.
- Be extra cautious when engaging in recreational activities to avoid injury, and remember that due to dangerous currents there is NO SWIMMING at or near the tip.
- Respect the guidance of public health authorities to help keep our families, friends, and neighbors healthy and safe.
What should I bring to protect myself and help limit the spread of COVID-19?
- Bring your own hand sanitizer.
- A reusable mask is recommended for areas where physical distance cannot be maintained.
- Outdoor surfaces like picnic tables and hand railings are not being regularly cleaned.
- Practice good hygiene like regular hand-washing.
- Items like disposable gloves and disinfectant wipes can be helpful, but please ensure these are being disposed of properly. More than ever, Parks Canada requires your help to keep trails and facilities free of garbage.
- Visitors should follow the advice of public health experts and to practice physical distancing and hygiene measures, limit public gatherings and respect travel restrictions and closures.
What is Parks Canada doing to help limit the spread of COVID-19 on site?
Health and safety is a shared responsibility. Parks Canada will put appropriate measures in place to help Canadians stay safe, and visitors are expected to follow the recommendations of public health officials. Parks Canada will be following the advice of public health authorities and implementing measures for cleaning, hygiene, and physical distancing at all places open for visitation. In Point Pelee National Park, this includes cleaning washrooms three times each day.
Will Parks Canada limit the number of vehicles in Point Pelee National Park?
Parks Canada’s goal is to provide the safest possible experience for visitors, wildlife and staff. When traffic volumes affect the ability of the park to operate safely, Parks Canada will temporarily divert traffic. Visitors should be prepared to experience a wait time, if the park is at maximum capacity at the time of arrival. Parks Canada encourages everyone to plan ahead to ensure the best possible experience.
What do I do if a parking lot is full?
Visitors have a responsibility to maintain physical distance. If a parking lot is full, it is best to go elsewhere. There are several different parking areas in Point Pelee National Park that provide access to trails, day-use areas, and beaches. Please check details above under what’s open and what’s closed, as well as regular updates on Facebook. Do not overcrowd parking lots, park illegally along roadway shoulders or park off-road.
There is no street parking available on Point Pelee Drive or Mersea Road East leading into the park. Any vehicles parked along these roads could be ticketed or towed.
Visitors should be advised that the number of vehicles entering the park will be limited based on parking capacity – visitors may experience wait times.
Will Parks Canada limit people on trails?
Maintaining physical distance on trails is your responsibility.
Some trails in the park are now one-way loops, such as the Marsh Boardwalk, Delaurier Homestead trail, and Woodland Nature trail – please obey all trail signage.
Will Parks Canada charge entry fees?
Parks Canada is working to ensure that measures are in place to safely collect fees and protect the health of employees and visitors.
In opening the park to visitors, Point Pelee National Park will be charging fees for visitors 18 years or older. Please visit our fees page for details. Parks Canada encourages visitors to come prepared to pay by credit or debit or to purchase an annual pass in advance.
Will annual passes be extended?
Parks Canada will automatically extend the end date of all park passes and the discovery pass to capture the suspension period. All passes are now extended up to 4 months from their original expiry date. For example, an annual pass that would have originally expired March 31, 2020 will now expire July 31, 2020.
Parks Canada is working with provincial counterparts, local municipalities, and communities to keep visitors and residents informed and safe.
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