Pelee Island known to some as Canada’s Vacationland, rests along the 42 parallel where the sun is visible for 15 hours during the summer solstice and is one of the mildest areas of Canada due to the moderating effects of Lake Erie.

With a total of 42km2 of sandy shorelines, 3 natural reserves protecting some of the most rare species of plants and wildlife, endless acres of vineyards, and the most distinctive historical attractions in Canada, Pelee Island is truly nature’s organic solution to social distancing.

Unplug, slow down, and re-discover this uniquely diverse island that we call home.

Pelee Island Today

Pelee Island Shipwrecks

Pelee Island features an original 1833 lighthouse that was once used to guide sailors through the rocky Pelee Passage.

Lake Erie is full of shipwrecks; Pelee Passage alone contains the remains of at least 15 shipwrecks.

One wreck that is particularly close to the island, JJ Carroll, is just 100 feet (30 m) off the eastern shore of Fish Point.

Pelee was the site of a battle during the Patriot War.

The Battle of Pelee Island took place along what is now the Michigan-Ontario border in 1838 involving small groups of men on each side of the border seeking to “liberate” Upper Canada from the British.

On February 26, 1838, 300 men captured the island, and on March 3 they were repulsed and either fled the island or were captured.

The Battle of Pelee Island

First Nations

We would like to acknowledge that we are on the traditional territory of the Three Fires Confederacy of First Nations, comprising the Ojibwa, the Odawa, and the Potawatomi Nations. Specifically, this is the home of Caldwell First Nation, and part of the house of Walpole Island First Nation.

We acknowledge the caregivers of this land and all the moccasins that have travelled it over time; by respecting the longstanding relationships with Indigenous people and by being committed to continually learning along this journey.