Pelee Island

Leamington, Ontario

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South of Point Pelee and north of Sandusky, Ohio, is Pelee Island. This 10,000-acre island is the largest island in Lake Erie, and the southernmost land area in Canada. This quiet rural community has a year-round population of 275 people and a summer population of about 1,000. The island is not a wilderness island although it does have nature reserves on its northern and southern tips. Seen from the air the island looks like a quilt; most of the land area is devoted to crops and vineyards. As with Point Pelee, the southern latitude and the moderating effects of Lake Erie make the climate very mild. Many southern plant and animal species found here are not found elsewhere in Canada. Located near the U.S.-Canada border at the southernmost end of the Pelee Passage, the island has an interesting history, from shipwrecks to Prohibition-era rumrunners.

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"South of Point Pelee and north of Sandusky, Ohio, is Pelee Island. This 10,000-acre island is the largest island in Lake Erie, and the southernmost land area in Canada. This quiet rural community has a year-round population of 275 people and a summer population of about 1,000. The island is not a wilderness island although it does have nature reserves on its northern and southern tips.

Seen from the air the island looks like a quilt; most of the land area is devoted to crops and vineyards. As with Point Pelee, the southern latitude and the moderating effects of Lake Erie make the climate very mild. Many southern plant and animal species found here are not found elsewhere in Canada. Located near the U.S.-Canada border at the southernmost end of the Pelee Passage, the island has an interesting history, from shipwrecks to Prohibition-era rumrunners."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Leamington
Distance: 24
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Overnight trip
Season: Spring to fall, weather permitting
Local Maps: CHS 2123, Canadian topographic maps 40 G/10 and 40 G/15 at 1:50,000
Driving Directions: Directions to Pelee Island

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