Lighthouse Point Provincial Nature Reserve, Pelee Island

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Named for the lighthouse originally built in 1833 that stands at the tip of the spit, Lighthouse Point boasts a number of nature trails ideal for wildlife viewing and photography. The lighthouse itself is the second oldest Canadian lighthouse on Lake Erie and received a beautiful restoration in 2000. It is located to the northeast end of Pelee Island and bounded by water on every side.

Among remnants of deciduous forests, savannahs and an expanse of wetland rich in aquatic plants, this reserve provides an ideal and rare opportunity for aquatic bird watching. Have your binoculars handy, because you are likely to see herons, egrets, ducks, gulls, and cormorants.

The trail to the lighthouse begins as a narrow path in the woods. Cross a couple of wooden walkways over water containing aquatic wonders like the Red-eared Slider Turtle. The trail continues to the beach then up to the lighthouse, although there are less travelled paths in the woods that lead to numerous marshes.

Best described as picturesque, the stroll to the lighthouse can also leave you covered in black flies depending on the weather. But don’t let that slow you down! Just remember to sport your bug proof netting so you can get the most out of the experience.

Be sure to explore all the beauty of this nature reserve – it is more than just a lighthouse!
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  • Hiked the trail to the lighthouse here, and couldn't have asked for more. It starts as a nice hike through some beautiful forest and marsh area, before a multiple hundred meter walk on a stunning... 
    Hiked the trail to the lighthouse here, and couldn't have asked for more. It starts as a nice hike through some beautiful forest and marsh area, before a multiple hundred meter walk on a stunning...  more »
  • I just did the hike the Lighthouse yesterday on a warm mid-September day (23C, 73F) and didn't encounter the complaints I've read above. It all depends on when you go. For me it was a pleasant and.....  more
    I just did the hike the Lighthouse yesterday on a warm mid-September day (23C, 73F) and didn't encounter the complaints I've read above. It all depends on when you go. For me it was a pleasant and.....  more »
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  • Beautiful walk to the lighthouse !! A short board walk and path through the marsh… so much lush green and wildlife! And amazing view of the lighthouse once you reach the beach! Went twice… at sunset and again the next day!
  • Beautiful, small park with a short boardwalk / trail to the beach through wetlands. The beach is a mix of pebble and sand, bordered by gorgeous mature deciduous trees and thick undergrowth to the west and lake Erie to the east. At the end of the beach (about 800 meters from the trailhead) is the lighthouse. We were delighted to see five (5!) large snakes in the bushes near the lighthouse, only one of which seemed at all disturbed by our presence. This would be a nice beach to linger on for a while (but note that there are no facilities nearby).

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