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Perfect Weekends: Pelee Island

There�s something about islands� They make us want to explore new flavours and pursue our forgotten dreams. Pelee Island is no exception.

This hidden treasure is located in Essex County and is the biggest island in Lake Erie. Covered in areas of unspoiled nature, it makes for a bird lovers paradise… But be warned, though Pelee Island has about 300 inhabitants, this can rise up to 1500 in summer! We get it though, who wouldn�t want to spend summer on a charming island at the beach, while listening to the many birds� songs.


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Here is how we would spend our weekend in Pelee Island:


  1. Spend the night at The Gathering Place. You�ll be treated like gold by Liz and Vic! The house itself is one of the island’s original limestone buildings, a true Pelee treasure. Ask Vic about his bees, he will take you around for a private beehive tour. For breakfast, you�ll get to try his honey, freshly harvested from the racks!
  2. Take the time to visit Pelee Island Winery�s Pavilion on the island. They have been making wine since 1979, it is among the oldest estate wineries in Canada. Walk amidst the enormous casks and sample some wines. A nice touch is the do-it-yourself barbecue area. Buy some ?You BBQ? items or bring your own meat and veggies to grill and enjoy them with a glass of Pelee wine!
  3. One of the best ways to connect to a place is by visiting the local farmers market. On the island, head for the farmers market in the Quarry. It runs every Saturday from 10am to 1pm.
  4. Pelee Island is not only a paradise on the land but also under water! There are more than 200 shipwreck treasures around the island to discover. Contact Explore Pelee to ask about a custom scuba diving adventure. If you prefer admiring the water from a distance, you should check out the waterfront trail.
  5. It�s no secret that being around the water makes you hungry! Conorlee�s Bakery & Delicatessen comes to your rescue with homemade pastries and sandwiches. Grab a jar of local honey while you’re there too.

Do you want more inspiration to plan your trip? Visit Pelee Island’s official website!