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“Be aware of the Stable Flies”

Point Pelee National Park
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Leamington
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Established in 1918, this small yet popular park is home to a variety of trees and birds.
Reviewed September 7, 2013

While we were in Leamington, we though we would take a side trip to this park.
When we first entered the park, we went to the Marsh Boardwalk. My wife had sprained her foot so I asked to use their wheelchair. They agreed which was nice. Only thing was that the tires were almost flat so I could not push it around the boardwalk. When I mentioned the tires to the staff, they did not offer to blow them up for us. My wife therefore had to sit in the parking lot and wait until I finished the walk.
The walk around the boardwalk was beautiful.
We then went to visit the Dunes. That is where we first encountered the Stable Flies. They are aweful. They bite and hurt when they do this. There were tons of them. We had to get out of the Dunes and back to our car as fast as we could go - which was not easy for my wife with her sprained foot.
We then headed for the tip of the park. There is a free shuttle and the staff are nice here. We took the shuttle and when we got there we could see lots of people running for the shuttle to get away from the Stable Flies. They were screaming and yelling and swatting away. My wife decided to take the shuttle back to the parking lot and I decided to brave it - you have to walk a short distance to get to the tip. Part of it is in the woods and the other part is along the beach. The Stable Flies were terrible. I finally made it to the tip. Along the way, there were tons of dead fish. The smell was terrible as well. The view was nice.
I would never return when the Stable Flies were biting again. Best to check and see if the Stable Flies are out when deciding to go to this park - unless you only plan to visit the Marsh Boardwalk (which did not seem to have the Stable Flies).
As we were leaving the park, we noticed a small sign that said that the Stable Flies are biting.. best to take notice of this sign and not go when this is happening.
Also, we found out through other tourists that the e-coli levels were high and that swimming was not allowed. Other than hearing it from other tourists, we would not have known this information. There were no signs posted.

Date of experience: August 2013
6  Thank May S
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

great place to just get away from things, very informative kiosks, many different trails/sites, interesting geology and geography

Date of experience: July 2013
1  Thank Michael H
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

Very reasonable entrance fee with lots of areas to picnic. When we went all beaches were closed due to high bacteria count and there was some issue at the point with hundreds of dead fish washed up on shore so we did not go in the water.

We walked on the floating boardwalk and met with one of the friendly staff that stopped to chat and show us some of the plant life.

Canoeing is available but the rates on the website are wrong and it is $ 15 per hour with little break for multiple hours.

There is a free shuttle ride to the point drop off, otherwise the walk is 2 km, and then another 1/2 km to the point.

Lots of trails to explore.

Picnic shelters, tables and flush toilets throughout were all clean.

Would be good to visit for all seasons with each season offering something different.

Park is open all year

Date of experience: August 2013
Thank Michael S
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Reviewed August 29, 2013

So we took a weekend, planned a trip, booked a motel, and when we got there, we could only basically wade in the water. The beach has some debris and is not a sandy beach if that is what you are looking for.

Date of experience: August 2013
1  Thank John W
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Nice park, seems well-kept. We brought our bikes and parked at the Marsh Boardwalk parking area. Biked South along the Centennial Trail, until it ended, and then followed the paved road the rest of the way to the location where the tram drops people off. This portion of the road is closed to regular traffic during the summer, so we were only sharing the road with the tram, walkers, and other bikers. The walk from the tram stop to the actual tip was probably 10 or 15 minutes, as the soft sand makes for slow going. We walked on a different trail on the way back (sticking to the West side of the point) and found it to be much more solid ground. Had we known about this path, we would have ridden our bikes down this way. If you do want to walk or bike this way, the entrance to the path is to the right of the tram stop, when facing it from the road. If you go by some big solar panels, you are going the right way. While traveling along Centennial trail, we stopped at a lookout spot to take in the view, but within about 2 seconds we were being viciously attacked by horseflies and all kinds of bugs. They were aggressive! I'm not sure if bug spray would even help. As long as you kept moving, you were fine. On the way back to our car we took the paved road the entire way, and even on the part where we were sharing it with regular vehicle traffic, there were not too many cars. I am a novice biker but found it to be fine. The entire park is also relatively flat (sloped more to the point, so the way down was a bit easier than the way back, but nothing crazy).

There were additional buildings and features to the park that we didn't even explore, but it was still an enjoyable place to spend the afternoon.

Date of experience: August 2013
1  Thank Dawna V
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