I lived in Windsor for thirty years up until 1983. Point Pelee National Park was and still is my favourite place in Essex County to spend the day walking the trails and boardwalk, watching birds, picnicking, and enjoying nature. Point Pelee was my go-to-place to be alone and think.
When I first went as a kid with my mom, dad, and siblings, the park was a different place with lots of people and cars. Point Pelee had beautiful beaches and was crowded with a lot of people who were there to camp, picnic, swim, and then go home tired.
The park of today is different. No more camping. No more private cottages. No more cars cluttering the landscape near the point. There are still people who visit the park to lay on the beach and picnic, but I would say the majority of the visitors now come for the nature aspect of the park. There is not the rush rush rush of everyday life when families, couples, and individuals come to Canada's most southerly mainland property. You now see runners, hikers, birders, photographers, young and old families, and explorers doing their thing in a fantastic setting in one of the treasures in Canada's National Parks system.
Visit the interpretive Visitors Centre and see the growth of the park and pick up a souvenir or an ice cream treat. Enjoy yourself and/or your family for the day. Connect with nature. Bring your camera and record your adventure. Bring food and refreshment. There are picnic shelters, water, washrooms, and parking throughout the park.The Friends of Point Pelee run a food concession for snacks, non-alcohol drinks, and light meals at the the Marsh Boardwalk. Have fun!
There are places to stay a short distance outside the park, e.g., Pelee Motor Inn. Leamington offers a variety of foods, i.e., fast food to fine dining, and shopping, e.g., Walmart.
I still get to Point Pelee as often as I can. When I go to Essex County, the trip always includes a visit to the park. -Michael
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