Pelee Island is the largest island in the Western Basin of Lake Erie, in the Province of Ontario. It is located less than 30 kilometers South of Leamington, Ontario. If arriving from the South, Pelee is 22 miles from Sandusky, Ohio.
Pelee Island is home to nearly 300 permanent residents, with the population rising to around 1,500 during the summer months.
Pelee Island covers 10,000 acres. It is 12.5 Km long and 6 Km wide.
All seasons! Summer is the most popular season for Pelee Island, but the spring and fall are growing in popularity due to the quiet and solitude.
You can travel to Pelee Island by ferry, personal water craft, or plane. The ferry ride lasts approximately 90 minutes from the Canadian mainland and 105 minutes from Sandusky, Ohio.
Yes. Pelee Island is a port of entry into Canada so when traveling from the United States you will be crossing a border and will require you to have a valid Passport.
Many people enjoy biking around the Island, and bikes can be rented across from the ferry docks or brought across from the mainland. Walking, personal vehicles, and taxis are also available for transportation while on the Island.
It takes approximately 4 hours to bike the perimeter of the Island.
Pelee Island has a first rate Clinic and normal OHIP air ambulance service to the nearest hospital if required. Click here for more information about the clinic.
Pelee Island has a bakery and a variety of restaurants. Click here for a listing of restaurants.
We have a Co-op with a selection of groceries, a Bakery that offers breads, pastries, and deli foods.
Soy beans are the most predominant crop on the Island with 4,500 acres. Other crops on the Island include wheat (1,000 acres), grapes (600 acres), and a variety of organic crops on 250 acres.
While the majority of establishments on Pelee Island have potable water, much of the island is not connected to the municipal water systems. It is best to ask the owner of the establishments you are in and otherwise consume bottled water when unsure.
Pelee Island offers a variety of motels, bed & breakfasts, and cottage rentals. Click here for a listing of accommodations.
Regularly scheduled flights connect us to Windsor during the winter months when the boat does not run. Call (519) 724-2115 for reservations.
While the tourism industry is dramatically reduced once the boat stops running, there is still much to do on the Island during the winter months. Teachers, mechanics, township employees, and nurses all continue their normal work routine in the winter. Farmers begin to make plans for the next year, complete equipment repairs, and begin pruning in the vineyards, while businesses make renovations and place orders for next season. Aside from work activities, the winter months are a slowing down time, where Islanders have more opportunity for reading, visiting, ice fishing, outdoor ice hockey, or to linger after Friday meals or card parties at the Legion.
The regular boat schedule will occasionally be interrupted by the weather, primarily due to wind speeds or direction.
The stone surrounding the Island came from Island quarries. Much of the perimeter of the Island was completed in 1973.