111 Ways to Explore Canada’s National Parks in 2017
Courtney McCaffrey | May 3, 2017
Flight Network has published the ultimate guide to the Canadian outdoors – check out the excerpt below to enjoy their take on our own Point Pelee National Park! With Parks Canada having waived admission fees to all of Canada’s National Parks throughout 2017, this is your chance to enjoy this very special piece of Canada for free. Make sure you read the whole article to discover a huge list of Canada’s outdoor national wonders.
If you’re an outdoor adventure lover you’re going to love Leamington! Your adventure can take you to nature areas, conservation areas, and all the way to the Southern-most point of Canada at Point Pelee National Park! Wake up early from your stay at the Best Western PLUS Leamington at the steps of the park and hop on a paddleboard or kayak from Pelee Wings and check out the wetland and creeks scattered throughout the area.
Point Pelee National Park
Situated at the southern extreme of mainland Canada, Point Pelee National Park is a tiny sanctuary supporting a mosaic of habitats from jungle-like forest to lush wetlands to open savannah.
Things to Do in or Around the Park:
Festival of Birds
Birders and wildlife enthusiasts of all types are guaranteed to fall in love with Point Pelee National Park, where lush forests and marshlands are home to a wide variety of colourful songbirds, herons, sandpipers, warblers and sparrows. The 2017 Festival of Birds is now underway, offering a wide variety of hikes and other activities for bird lovers.
Hike, Bike, Paddle, and Explore
Bike the 5km trail taking you deep into the forest, or walk the boardwalk out onto one of the largest freshwater marshes left on the Great Lakes. Learn paddling skills from your experienced guide as you explore Point Pelee Marsh on a Freighter Canoe excursion. Look for beavers, basking turtles, muskrats, herons, frogs, dragonflies dotted amongst the cattails.
Photo credit: Ken Lund
Places to Stay in or Around the Park:
Point Pelee does not offer any onsite camping, but the fun-filled Sturgeon Woods Campground and Marina is just a few minutes away. As the closest campground to Point Pelee National Park, Sturgeon Woods lets you stay close to the beauty and adventure of the park while enjoying the park’s own luxuries, like an on-site pool, playground and facilities.