The 2017 Spring Birding Guide is a must-have as you explore our region, covering must-see, must-do activities and special offers from a variety of local businesses.

Copies are available at the Point Pelee Visitor Centre, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island’s Main Office, or view the online version of the  2017 Spring Birding Guide here.

The 2017 Spring Birding Guide is a must-have as you explore our region, covering must-see, must-do activities and special offers from a variety of local businesses.

Copies are available at the Point Pelee Visitor Centre, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island’s Main Office, or view the online version of the  2017 Spring Birding Guide here.

Check our Birding Events Guide to stay in-the-know on all the fabulous birding events happening throughout the region!

Take further aviary adventures….

Beginning at the epi-center for the Festival of Birds, Point Pelee National Park* is a tiny sanctuary supporting a mosaic of habitats from jungle-like forest to lush wetlands to open savannah. The park hosts approximately 300,000 visitors every year and holds the title of Canada’s warbler capital as well as being named one of the top 10 birding destinations in North America.

*FREE admission in 2017 with the Parks Canada Discovery Pass to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday

Hillman-Marsh-kids-birdwatching

With 5 kilometres of trails around this precious marshland habitat, Hillman Marsh draws wildlife and people from both near and far. Witnessing migration activity at the Spring Shore and Songbird Festival in May is one of the highlights of this area. The diverse habitats of Hillman Marsh attract and support marsh, shore and field birds such as herons, egrets, terns, songbirds and ducks as well as a nesting pair of Bald Eagles. Over one hundred species of birds use Hillman as a migration stopover which draws sandpipers, ducks, warblers and frequently spotted annual rarities such as the Yellow-headed Blackbird, Willet, Marbled Godwit, Eurasian Wigeon, Glossy Ibis and Eastern Kingbird. A birding trail borders 87 acres of unique Shorebird Habitat where water levels are actively managed to create mudflats, providing outstanding viewing opportunities.

Further outdoor experiences can be had along the Chrysler Canada Greenway, a nearly 50 km off-road recreational trail, which runs south of Windsor, through Kingsville and ends at Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens and can be enjoyed by all family members for walking, biking or bird watching.

The Windsor Essex Pelee Island region is rich in flora and fauna. Being a massive 150 kilometre (or 100 mile) peninsula, surrounded by Lake Erie, the Detroit River and Lake St. Clair, provides a stunning backdrop outdoor enthusiasts.

Beginning with Windsor’s Ojibway Nature Centre & Parks System, the largest protected tallgrass prarie and oak savanna in the province, attracts large numbers of migrant warblers, with 247 species being recorded.

Amherstburg’s Holiday Beach, known as a breeding area for Prothonotary Warblers, (a nationally endangered species), and the Festival of Hawks in September, is another highly regarded primary birding site.

The southernmost inhabited point in all of Canada is on Pelee Island, your “private island getaway”, situated in the middle of Lake Erie. Plan a day trip or overnight stay; take the ferry over from the Canadian mainland in Kingsville or Leamington, Ontario, or from the U.S. via Sandusky, Ohio.


Spectacular Victorian architecture awaits you

Take a stroll in Canada’s most southern downtown area – Kingsville. The setting evokes charm, warmth and beauty – Victorian architecture abounds coupled with Victorian-styled gardens at Lakeside Park.


Enticing Exhibits Await

Encounter the Leamington Arts Centre, a state-of-the-art gallery, considered one of the region’s paramount places to view local art. Their gift store offers one-of-a-kinds. And if in the mood for purchasing unique products, for the outdoor or art lover in you, drop by Cindy’s Home & Garden, Colasanti’s, or Pelee Wings Nature Store.


“Unwined” Further

Continue your journey into our EPIC (Essex Pelee Island Coast) Wine Country and “unwined” further. Experience one of our 16+ wineries along Lake Erie North Shore for a tasting. Experience both large vineyard estates and artisanal offerings. During each Monday in May, don’t miss Birders’ Banquets at the Woodbridge House Bed & Breakfast, where Chef Rob Lyle of Culinary Motion has crafted regional and seasonal menus to be paired with local medal-winning EPIC wines.


Cultural Districts Abound with Great, Distinct Taste

While on your journey, indulge your “locavore” instincts and sample the eclectic cuisine of Windsor Essex.

Navigating along hiking, biking or kayaking routes at Point Pelee National Park in Leamington can work up an appetite. Why not try local favorites such as Freddy’s Cocktail Lounge & Restaurant, Birdie’s Perch, and Paula’s Fish Place. Have a sweet tooth? Try delightful temptations at Lakeside Bakery, or Sweet Retreat.

While exploring the historic Town of Kingsville, be sure to drop by the Italian Mediterranean grill, Mettawa’s Station, located in the historic Kingsville Railway Station; the quaint and inspiring Merli’s Coffeehouse & Eatery; or Jack’s Gastropub, featured on the Food Network’s “You Gotta Eat Here”, which offers pub-inspired specialities with fresh, local ingredients, wines and their own craft beer – the Banded Goose Brewing Company.

While in downtown Amherstburg, explore dining options along Dalhousie Street, the primary street where most restaurants are anchored.


Looking to stay a night or two?

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