Parks Canada's infrastructure program
What to know before you visit
Parks Canada will invest $3 billion over 5 years to support infrastructure improvements within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.
This historic investment supports conservation while promoting visitor experience and making our infrastructure safer and more appealing to visitors.
When visiting Point Pelee National Park you may encounter one or more construction zones or reduced services while we complete this important work. Please plan ahead before you travel to avoid inconvenience. Consult the following list of current infrastructure projects in Point Pelee National Park to see if any road or facility work might impact your trip.
Infrastructure Projects in Point Pelee National Park
Marsh Boardwalk and Tower Improvements
Parks Canada is rejuvenating the Marsh Boardwalk Area to improve the experience for our visitors and address required maintenance to the marsh boardwalk and the lookout tower.
The Marsh Boardwalk parking lot, part of the boardwalk, and the marsh tower will be closed for construction until March 2019.
Work will include:
- replacement of 500 m of the boardwalk with a new, wood and metal design
- installation of new, slip-resistant, tower steps
- renaturalisation of some areas of the marsh to benefit fish, turtles and other wildlife.
A part of the boardwalk remains open and can be accessed.
Tip Area Renewal Project
Parks Canada is excited to be refreshing the "Tip" area, including offering visitors a new and unique view of the Southernmost Tip of Canada at Point Pelee National Park - an iconic Canadian destination. Located just west of the shuttle drop-off area, a new 24-metre observation tower will allow visitors to soak in a 360 degree birds-eye perspective of the "beginning" of mainland Canada – from Essex County to the North, across Lake Erie to Pelee Island in the south, and unforgettable sunrises and sunsets.
In addition, the washrooms and shelter area will be refurbished and the trail network will be redesigned for an improved visitor experience while protecting a sensitive ecological area.
Park’s Canada’s contractors have now moved into the final stages of tower construction and are conducting all of necessary safety and structural inspections of the tower. The tower will be opened to the public as soon as it has been certified to be safe, complete, and compliant with all of Parks Canada’s standards for visitor infrastructure. We understand that visitors are eager to experience the new tower, and are working with our contractors to bring the project to completion as soon as possible.
Work on the washroom, shelter and trails is ongoing, and is scheduled to be complete in the fall of 2019.
The Tip road and parking lot, which were closed to vehicle traffic during the fall and winter due to the tower construction, have now been reopened.