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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  • 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 »
  • High water levels made the trail to the lighthouse inaccessible. Warnings of blue green algae and relentless black flies made us glad we hadn’t rented a cottage! Try when water levels recede. 
    High water levels made the trail to the lighthouse inaccessible. Warnings of blue green algae and relentless black flies made us glad we hadn’t rented a cottage! Try when water levels recede.  more »
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  • If you're afraid of snakes, walk along the beach to get to the lighthouse from the parking lot. The trail has many snakes and turtles to see, which is great if you like wildlife. Saw a few people scream and run back along the trail, which just disturbs the wildlife.
  • Solitude atmosphere, greeted by couple of blue racers, try not to disturb these habitats of the island and leave them alone.

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