Discovery Pass – Point Pelee National Park Trip
As you may know, it’s Canada’s 150th birthday this year, and Parks Canada decided to issue this Discovery Pass for all Canada’s national parks and historic sites in 2017. I ordered the pass, and visited my first national park in May: Point Pelee National Park in Leamington, Ontario.
It was a relatively relaxing 3-day short trip to Leamington, we first arrived at Point Pelee National Park just after lunch, and immediately started exploring and hiking. We drove all the way to the welcome center first, then walked to the southern most tip of Canada! It was a very pleasant 5km hike, with the sound of birds singing along, I even recorded them. The weather was perfect, and it was bird migration season.
However, the TIP was a little disappointing for me. I guess the aerial picture was too stunning.
The hiking trails are quite different here than other parks that I’ve been to. It has Marsh Boardwalk and sandy beach trails. I would like to canoe in the Marsh, but the canoe rental shop was closed on the day.
After a lovely stay at an airbnb just beside the marina in Leamington, we head out to Pelee Island the next day. The ferry was comfortable and nice, it was my first time to see how a ferry carry vehicles. After 1.5 hours of ferry ride, we arrived at the island with pouring rain. My original plan was to rent a bike and cycle the island; but the bike rental company did not do any rental on a rainy day because it will damage their bike. So change of plan for us, we got a motor tour from Explore Pelee, and Sarah was our tour guide. Without the tour guide, we would be biking around on uneven road, some roads are gravels; and most importantly, the amount of information the tour guide provided us was amazing, from history, to stories behind each landmark, even a nice poem at the famous Vin Villa Estate. Comparing to just drive around the island without any information, I would very much prefer the tour guide. It was well worth the money!
Last stop of the tour was to visit the Pelee Island Winery. It was included in the motor island tour, as well as the wine tasting! We ended up with 4 bottles of wine home, and they are not sold in LCBO.
Happy 150th Birthday Canada!