Pelee Island is in Ontario, Canada, at the confluence of two bird migration routes – the Atlantic Flyway and the Mississippi flyway. The Island is a significant stopover site for many species of birds and insects (like monarch butterflies). Birding is a popular pastime and draw for tourism as well as the annual pheasant hunt on the island.
There are two ferries from Canada and one from the US. You should make reservations as they can be fully booked for weeks.
- The Pelee Islander, +1-800-661-2220. Daily trips to Sandusky, Ohio, and mainland Ontario. Service to Sandusky is limited to once daily during the summer months, and is further restricted during the spring and fall. Advance vehicle reservations.
- The MV Jiimaan, the largest passenger ferry along the Lake Erie route to Pelee Island. Travels between Sandusky (the foot of Jackson St.), Leamington, Canada, Kingsville Govt. Dock, and Pelee Island.
Fees and permits
If you are fishing in Ontario or Canadian waters, make sure you have the appropriate fishing licence. Same for the annual pheasant hunt.
Bicycling is the best way to see the 13.5-km (9-mile) island. They are available for rent near the West Dock.
- The Kite Museum. There is a kite museum on the island.
Check out www.pelee.org for a list of places available to rent.