I am proud to serve as Mayor of one of the most uniquely endearing communities in Canada.
Working together with Council and our leadership team, my priority is seeing Pelee Island become a growing and inclusive community that provides an opportunity for its residents to realize a unique quality of life.
The Township of Pelee was incorporated in 1868 and is comprised of nine islands whose future is dependent upon sustainable stewardship of the land and lake. Pelee Island is home to many of Ontario’s endangered and threatened species and as a Globally Important Bird Area; welcomes over 300 species of birds during Spring and Fall Migration. Canada’s largest privately owned estate winery tends over 800 acres of grapes on our island rich with history in viticulture as the location of Canada’s first commercial estate winery. One of Ontario’s largest organic farms plants soy, canola and wheat while a growing apiary produces award winning sweet island honey. The southernmost public school in Canada stands proudly on our North shore with just under 20 students in grades JK to 12. The second oldest lighthouse on the Great Lakes solemnly overlooks the passage lined with ships lost resting on the lakebed. Pelee Island preserves an over 90-year tradition of sanctioned fall pheasant hunting with hunters coming from all over North America to partake. Three international ports of entry cement us as a natural two nation destination welcoming all. Over 32% of our island is forest cover with over 20% protected while 42 kms of shoreline provide panoramic views of sunset and sunrise.
Pelee Islanders are farmers, growers, teachers, hunters, linesmen, gardeners, birders, nurses, artists, creators, bartenders, housekeepers, clerks, mail carriers, retirees, builders, captains, accountants, tradespeople, entrepreneurs, labourers and first responders. We are self-reliant, we are proud and we persist.
If you are planning to visit our community on vacation, please take a moment to read through our “Tourism” section on this website. You want to visit a remote island; we want you to come prepared! You will also find a link to follow us on social media and share your experiences.
If you are planning to buy or build on Pelee Island; learn more about zoning by-laws and building permits under “Community” and “Municipality” headings.
If you are a current landowner; visit the “Municipality” section of the website to view the public calendar, reports, and communications.
Cathy Miller, Mayor