Point Pelee National Park in Leamington, Canada  » Travel  »
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407 Monarch Lane, Leamington, Ontario, Canada
  • Now there are many stable flies in the park, so my suggestion is wear something long-sleeved and loose
  • You get annoyed less by the flies when attired in this manner, based on my personal experience
  • Although the park is open daily, the best time to come is in the fall because this is the time when swarms of monarch butterfly come for a visit en route to Mexico
  • In fact, so impressed were natural scientists with this tiny region on earth dubbed the Carolinian zone, that they themselves clamored for the conversion of the place into a national park in 1918
  • I highly recommend the Point Pelee Park to bird watchers and naturalists, and even the nature lovers among us

    • by RichieMogwai

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      I would like to start this review with road directions, after all, lots of people get lost on their way to the Point Pelee National Park in Canada. First, don’t confuse this park with Point Pelee Island which is located in the western basin of Lake Erie. These are two different places!

      Second, you need to get to the town of Leamington in order to reach the entrance of the park. Highway #77 takes you to the town, where from the intersection of Erie Street and Seacliff/County Road 20, you need to make a left. The entrance is about half a mile from there, let the Canada Beaver symbol guide you.

      The Point Pelee park is small, it is only 15 kilometers long with two thirds of the area being covered in marshland. But I will tell you momentarily why it’s worth the trip.

      I’m the type of person whom insects love to feast on, maybe because I


      tend to put on lots of moisturizer to keep my dry skin smooth. Now there are many stable flies in the park, so my suggestion is wear something long-sleeved and loose. You get annoyed less by the flies when attired in this manner, based on my personal experience.

      You can bring your pet dog or cat with you, but it has to be on leash all the time. The park itself does not have a campground, so if camping is your thing, you can find some outside. But you can find a picnic or a barbecue spot anywhere in the park.

      Although the park is open daily, the best time to come is in the fall because this is the time when swarms of monarch butterfly come for a visit en route to Mexico. But if you have to miss this spectacle, which only happens in this one spot on earth, you can console yourself ...


      • by watching the natural bird pageant instead.

        Believe me, it’s a lot better than watching the Miss Universe pageant! Half of North America’s songbirds converge here, it’s almost like they are having a conference of some sort every year. Just some of the finalists you can put in your shortlist of spectacular-looking birds are the Northern Bobwhite, the Painted Bunting, the Ash-throated Flycatcher, and the Dickcissel.

        And now for the main course: There are 50 species of spiders and insects here which are not found anywhere else in Canada. In fact, so impressed were natural scientists with this tiny region on earth dubbed the Carolinian zone, that they themselves clamored for the conversion of the place into a national park in 1918.

        But if you ask me, my personal favorite is just walking to the tip of Point Pelee which stretches all the way to the lake. It’s very windy out here, at the

        tip of the peninsula, and it gives you that eerie feeling.

        I strongly suspect that this was the spot where Hollywood shot the X-Men scene where Cyclops discovers the spirit of Dr. Jean Grey or Phoenix.

        I highly recommend the Point Pelee Park to bird watchers and naturalists, and even the nature lovers among us. It is worth the trip, and if you happen to live or otherwise find yourself in the town of Windsor, you can’t miss it! It’s better than going to the casino.

        Outside the park, you may check to see if Laura’s restaurant is still there, because if it still is, you can’t miss their fried frog legs which are second to none! I don’t know if their frog supply comes from the park’s swamps just a stone’s throw away, but this frog leg delicacy does taste way better than fried chicken!




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