Explore Pelee – Pelee Island, Ontario

Badge of Awesome Communities invites you to share your favourite things to see and do in cool destinations around the world. We caught up with the folks from Explore Pelee — one of our featured attractions from the Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island area — to learn about what they have to offer.

What makes Explore Pelee awesome?

Explore Pelee: For more than a decade, Explore Pelee has been a one-stop-shop for folks looking to venture to Canada’s Southernmost Ecological Gem: Pelee Island. Offering a variety of tours, services and vacation rentals, Explore Pelee aims to provide the premier Island getaway and ensure everyone who visits Pelee Island leaves loving this place as much as we do!

Motor Tours: Jump in one of our passenger vans to discover the amazing human and natural history Pelee Island has to offer! You’ll learn about the formation of the Lake Erie Islands and how Pelee came to be settled. You’ll see the ruins of Canada’s First Estate Winery, Vin Villa, which was the birthplace of Champagne in North America and effectively put New-World winemaking on the map. You’ll take a nature walk up to our historic lighthouse and learn how this area came to be known as the Graveyard of the Great Lakes. You’ll also get up close and personal with some of the many endangered species that call Pelee Island home. Finally, your guide will provide you with local stories and give you an idea of what it’s like to live on a rock in the middle of a lake! By the time the tour is over, you’ll have a whole new appreciation and understanding of this amazing little island.

Biking Tours: Some say the best way to Explore Pelee is by bike! This way, you can fully appreciate the unique Carolinian ecosystems and warm climate of the Island. Whether you and your group want to peddle the entire Island and see as many points of interest as possible, or prefer a shorter ride through the quiet, winding roads of Pelee’s South Shore, we have a bike tour that works for any group and can be customized to any activity level!

Accommodations: Explore Pelee currently manages the largest group of vacation properties available on Pelee Island. No matter what the size of your group, your particular needs or your budget, we have a cottage that will work for you! We also have relationships with the other businesses on Pelee and work as booking agents for those looking to reserve spots at inns, motels and B&Bs on the Island, so get in touch and we can plan your entire Island vacation for you. You won’t have to lift a finger!

Whether you’ve been to Pelee Island before or never knew it existed, the Explore Pelee Staff encourage you to visit us and learn to love an Island! Our staff are on hand year-round to plan your vacation and have boots on the ground on Pelee Island 7 days/week from May 1st to Canadian Thanksgiving. Give us a call and let us show you all that Pelee Island has to offer. You can reach us at 519-325-TOUR (8697) or info@explorepelee.com.

Awesome! Visit the Explore Pelee website to learn more.

Josh Martin
Josh Martin is the creative force behind Badge of Awesome. He lives in southwestern Ontario, Canada and is the author of "Misadventure Musings: Lessons learned from life's awesome and absurd moments" and "The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook."

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