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Point Pelee National Park

Take part in a wide range of events, special activities, and memorable experiences in this unique place in Canada! Point Pelee National Park is located in Leamington, Ontario. See our hours of operation, fees, and plan your visit today! For more information, please call 519-322-5700 or email pelee.info@pc.gc.ca.

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  • Regional History with Parks Canada

    Culture and entertainment History Nature
    DeLaurier homestead.
    Time: 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre Theatre

    Join Parks Canada, Fort Malden National Historic Site for a look at Windsor Essex County history.

    Visit the living history display at DeLaurier Homestead throughout the day as well!

    Program presented by Parks Canada

  • Wildflower Walk

    Nature
    Bee rests on a wildflower
    Time: 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre

    Give your neck a break by looking down instead of up! Learn about the beautiful wildflowers that bloom in May, as well as other plants that might not normally catch your eye. Join Park Ecologist, Tammy Dobbie, for a 1.5-hour walk introducing you to some of the special plants found at Point Pelee.

    Registration required. Register on the Festival of Birds website. 

    Program presented by Parks Canada.

  • How to Draw a Sparrow, Presentation with Catherine Hamilton

    Nature
    Time: 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre Theatre

    Catherine Hamilton will present an around-the-world story of how an artist fell full-time into the world of professional birding. Illustrated with drawings, photos, and paintings, the lecture goes from NYC to LA, to Central and South America to Morocco and Nagaland, India, on a whirlwind of constant travel. Catherine set out to learn everything she could about bird species around the globe, but ended up finding deep connections to people and conservation efforts on a distinctly local level, wherever she visited.

    Presented by the Friends of Point Pelee.

  • Birding with Pride

    Nature
    Time: 09:30 AM - 02:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Northwest Beach Pavilion

    Join your hosts, the Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO) for an open house and birding hikes. Enjoy refreshments and learn about OFO and join experience birders for a morning or early afternoon walk. This walk is a celebration of the LGBTQ2S+ community, but all members of the birding community are welcome.

    Hikes – 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    No registration required.

  • Anishinaabemowin Birds

    History Nature
    Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre Theatre

    Creator gave the birds the gift of song.

    Join Joseph Pitawanakwat, Andrés Jiménez Monge, and Junaid Khan of Creator’s Garden Birds to learn about the intricate ecologies held within Anishinaabemowin bird names, and how they help us live up to our responsibilities to the land we occupy.

    Presented by Caldwell First Nation. 

  • Birding by Ear with Justin Peter

    Nature
    Time: 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre Theatre

    Bird vocalizations offer a whole new dimension to finding birds and identifying them! Join Justin to learn the basics of 'birding by ear'. He will share some techniques to get our ears and minds attuned to bird sounds. We'll then perform some fun exercises together to put our skills to the test.

    Program provided by Quest Nature Tours.

  • Self-guided Dark Sky Night

    Culture and entertainment History Nature
    Time: 07:30 PM - 11:59 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Explore the park after dark and experience the dark skies of Point Pelee National Park. You will have the opportunity to stay late and experience the park at night.

    The park is open until midnight, unless otherwise stated.

    For more information please contact us at pelee.info@pc.gc.ca.

  • Bird ID Skills: Moving Beyond Basics

    Nature
    Time: 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre Theatre

    Comfortable with cardinals and chickadees but looking to take your bird ID to the next level? Learn how to approach identification for any bird, and start developing the skills that will make you a more skilled birdwatcher.

    Program provided by Quest Nature Tours.

  • Vocal learning in wild birds: A decade-long field study of how, when, and why birds learn to sing with Dr. Dan Mennill

    Nature
    Time: 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre Theatre

    Young songbirds, parrots, and hummingbirds are thought to learn their vocalizations by listening to the voices of adults. This is a behaviour they share with humans. Scientists have studied song learning in wild songbirds for decades, but usually in captive birds. In 2013, Professor Dan Mennill started an ambitious project to study song learning in wild birds. Armed with innovative loudspeakers and digital recorders, Dan and his research team studied song learning in wild Savannah Sparrows. Dan will share the results of his ground-breaking investigation.

    Program provided by Dr. Dan Mennill, Professor of Biology
    Associate Dean of Science, Graduate Studies and Research
    University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

  • Spotlight on Shorebird ID

    Nature
    Time: 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre Theatre

    This workshop covers 28 regularly occurring spring migrant and breeding shorebirds, plus 8 rarer species that migrate through southern Ontario to their Arctic breeding grounds. The focus will be on Point Pelee area shorebirds. This workshop is loaded with tips to sharpen identification skills, and you will increase your knowledge of shorebird molts, plumages and aging. Learn to identify shorebirds by using diagnostic field marks supplemented by jizz or giss - general impression of size and shape. Test your new knowledge by doing interactive shorebird quizzes. Find out the best spots to see shorebirds in spring.

    Program provided by Quest Nature Tours.

  • Habitat Walk

    Nature
    Time: 01:00 PM - 02:30 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre 

    Explore Point Pelee’s habitats! Point Pelee is home to 5 habitats, each with their own unique features. Point Pelee National Park’s Project Coordinator Dan Dufour will be on hand for a 1.5 hour walk introducing different habitats and the plants that call them home.

    Registration required. Register on the Festival of Birds website. 

    Program presented by Parks Canada.

  • Spotlight on Restoration and Birds

    Nature
    Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre Theatre

    Join Andrew for a brief overview of the park's ongoing projects and restoration work, and discover the long-term benefits, goals and impacts on different bird species.

    Program presented by Parks Canada.

  • Infrastructure? That’s for the Birds with Marcel O’Gorman and Jen Clary-Lemon

    Nature
    Time: 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre Theatre

    If you were a barn swallow, how would you feel about moving from a 2000-square-foot-barn to a 4 x 8-foot gazebo by the side of Highway 401? In this lively and interactive talk, Marcel and Jen discuss successes and failures of government-mandated infrastructures created for at-risk bird species. Their arts-based responses to these mandates put human-bird relationships into focus and ask hard questions about solutionist approaches to building for birds.

    Presented by the University of Waterloo. 

  • Wildflower Walk

    Nature
    Bee rests on a wildflower
    Time: 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre

    Give your neck a break by looking down instead of up! Learn about the beautiful wildflowers that bloom in May, as well as other plants that might not normally catch your eye. Join Park Ecologist, Tammy Dobbie, for a 1.5-hour walk introducing you to some of the special plants found at Point Pelee.

    Registration required. Register on the Festival of Birds website. 

    Program presented by Parks Canada.

  • Infrastructure? That’s for the Birds with Marcel O’Gorman and Jen Clary-Lemon

    Nature
    Time: 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre Theatre

    If you were a barn swallow, how would you feel about moving from a 2000-square-foot-barn to a 4 x 8-foot gazebo by the side of Highway 401? In this lively and interactive talk, Marcel and Jen discuss successes and failures of government-mandated infrastructures created for at-risk bird species. Their arts-based responses to these mandates put human-bird relationships into focus and ask hard questions about solutionist approaches to building for birds.

    Presented by the University of Waterloo. 

  • AWE Workshop: Texture Trail with Kewy Janisse

    Culture and entertainment Nature
    Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: $10 – single; $25 – family (up to 5 people). Rate set by the Friends of Point Pelee.
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Meeting point DeLaurier House and Trail
    Audience: Families and Kids
    Facilitator: Kewy Janisse

    Come walk the Woodland Nature Trail and explore the textures of nature. We’ll rub the textures we find (like tree bark) onto paper templates that will be transformed into birds! All ages welcome.

    Kewy Janisse is a multi-media artist living in Tecumseh, Ontario. An outdoor enthusiast, she uses textiles, found objects, and reclaimed/waste materials to explore our relationship with nature. Kewy was an Artist-in-Residence at Point Pelee in the summer of 2022, and looks forward to sharing some of the techniques and knowledge gained during that time that she now uses in her practice!

    Pre-registration required. Register on the Festival of Birds website.

  • Spotlight on Shorebird ID

    Nature
    Time: 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre Theatre

    This workshop covers 28 regularly occurring spring migrant and breeding shorebirds, plus 8 rarer species that migrate through southern Ontario to their Arctic breeding grounds. The focus will be on Point Pelee area shorebirds. This workshop is loaded with tips to sharpen identification skills, and you will increase your knowledge of shorebird molts, plumages and aging. Learn to identify shorebirds by using diagnostic field marks supplemented by jizz or giss - general impression of size and shape. Test your new knowledge by doing interactive shorebird quizzes. Find out the best spots to see shorebirds in spring.

    Program provided by Quest Nature Tours.

  • Improving Your Hawk Identification Skills with Chris Earley

    Nature
    Time: 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre Theatre

    Spotlight on Hawk Identification, bird book author and Quest Nature Tours leader Chris Earley shows us effective approaches in identifying hawks, including an opportunity to practice together.

    Program provided by Quest Nature Tours.

  • Spotlight on Savannah Restoration

    Nature
    Time: 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre Theatre

    Learn about the savannah restoration project at Point Pelee National Park.
    Join a member of the Resource Conservation team for a brief overview of the project and discover the long-term benefits, goals and impacts of the restoration work.

    Program presented by Parks Canada.

  • Wildflower Walk

    Nature
    Bee rests on a wildflower
    Time: 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre

    Give your neck a break by looking down instead of up! Learn about the beautiful wildflowers that bloom in May, as well as other plants that might not normally catch your eye. Join Park Ecologist, Tammy Dobbie, for a 1.5-hour walk introducing you to some of the special plants found at Point Pelee.

    Registration required. Register on the Festival of Birds website. 

    Program presented by Parks Canada.

  • The Messenger, Documentary, 90 minutes

    Nature
    Time: 12:00 PM - 03:30 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre Theatre

    THE MESSENGER explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns that the uncertain fate of songbirds might mirror our own. Moving from the northern reaches of the Boreal Forest to the base of Mount Ararat in Turkey to the streets of New York, THE MESSENGER brings us face-to-face with a remarkable variety of human-made perils that have devastated thrushes, warblers, orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks and many other airborne music-makers.

    English: 12 p.m.

    French: 1:45 p.m.

  • Essex County's 2023 Checklist

    Nature
    Time: 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre Theatre

    Last year- today! Join Cameron Chevalier for a walk through 2023’s best and rarest species seen in Essex County! Highlighting the record-breaking year, Cameron will share insights on new sightings and the region's more common species.

    Cameron is a birder with a deep passion for birding in Essex County and at Point Pelee specifically, having done so in some capacity since 2014. Chevalier has been an eBird Reviewer for Essex County since 2021 and has taken on the role of local bird records compiler since 2022, owing it to his passion for documenting what he feels is invaluable local historical data. Chevalier is a recent University of Windsor graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, and currently pursuing a master’s degree in biology.

  • Spotlight on Restoration and Birds

    Nature
    Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre Theatre

    Join Andrew for a brief overview of the park's ongoing projects and restoration work, and discover the long-term benefits, goals and impacts on different bird species.

    Program presented by Parks Canada.

  • AWE Workshop: Get Closer to Nature with Jessica Cook

    Culture and entertainment Nature
    Time: 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: $10 – single; $25 – family (up to 5 people). Rate set by the Friends of Point Pelee.
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: White Pine 
    Audience: All ages 
    Facilitator: Jessica Cook 

    Calling all birders! Take a break from birdwatching and get ready to tick off clay-bird-sculpting on your life list. We might not be able to take home a kingfisher but creating your very own miniature bird effigy can offer incredible emotional relief and be a memorable keepsake. Whether you use a bird of prey, heron, woodpecker, sparrow, finch, swan, blackbird, jay, or any other usual suspect as your inspiration, come explore your artistic side & take home a lifer!

    Jessica Rachel Cook is an Oji-cree from the wolf clan whose family is from Constance Lake First Nation and Bkejwanong First Nation. She is a formerly trained fine artist who works with traditional and contemporary mediums, photography, and multimedia to create works of art. She also is an educator who enjoys outreach initiatives with local communities and group art projects.

    Pre-registration required. Register on the Festival of Birds website.

  • Wild Ontario

    Nature
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre tent

    Birds of prey are important parts of our ecosystem – Join Wild Ontario and learn more about these amazing creatures.

    Saturday May 18 to Monday May 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. 

  • AWE Workshop: Animated Owl Pellets with INCUBATOR Art Lab

    Culture and entertainment Nature
    Time: 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: $10 – single; $25 – family (up to 5 people). Rate set by the Friends of Point Pelee.
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Visitor Centre Classroom
    Audience: Ages 10 and up
    Facilitator: INCUBATOR Art Lab

    Explore the fascinating world of biology and animation with INCUBATOR Art Lab! Learn how to combine science and art to create stop-motion animations made from owl pellets. Bring biology lessons to life through creative storytelling and hands-on exploration.

    INCUBATOR Art Lab at The University of Windsor, founded in 2009, blends art, science, and ecology. Through creative programming, INCUBATOR Art Lab sparks ideas about biotechnology and its role in the natural world. Over the last 10 years, it's grown from an artist's studio to a research community, with student researchers and staff from various fields shaping its diverse projects. To read more, please visit the INCUBTAOR Art Lab website. 

    Pre-registration required. Register on the Festival of Birds website.

  • AWE Workshop: Sun Prints with Sarah Smitherman

    Culture and entertainment Nature
    Time: 01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: $10 – single; $25 – family (up to 5 people). Rate set by the Friends of Point Pelee.
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: West Beach (near Visitor Centre) Covered Shelter  
    Audience: Families and Kids
    Facilitator: Sarah Smitherman

    Botanical Sun Prints - Explore photographic printing techniques during this family-friendly activity to create images that utilize the sun and other natural materials.

    Sarah Smitherman is an interdisciplinary artist living in Windsor, Ontario whose practice consists of material explorations and the inclusion of found objects. She often explores notions of place, impermanence, and identity through her work. Sarah’s art has been displayed in exhibitions within Canada, Europe, and the United States.

    Pre-registration required. Register on the Festival of Birds website.

  • Cornhusk dolls

    Nature
    Time: 12:00 PM - 05:00 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Location: Northwest Beach 

    Join Caldwell First Nation and Point Pelee National Park for a beautiful teaching and workshop as we each create our very own cornhusk doll.

    Lunch will be provided.

    This workshop will be taught by Samantha Doxtator Oneida, Wolf Clan. Samantha is a personal development consultant who teaches life and employability skills that are grounded by traditional values. She has taught many people this unique art form over the past 15 years.

    Spots are limited. Register with Carrie Ann at cultural.dev@caldwellfirstnation.ca.

  • Self-guided Dark Sky Night

    Culture and entertainment History Nature
    Time: 07:30 PM - 11:59 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Explore the park after dark and experience the dark skies of Point Pelee National Park. You will have the opportunity to stay late and experience the park at night.

    Don't miss the Moth Presentation with Maurice Bottos.

    The park is open until midnight, unless otherwise stated.

    For more information please contact us at pelee.info@pc.gc.ca.

  • Self-guided Dark Sky Night

    Culture and entertainment History Nature
    Time: 07:30 PM - 11:59 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Explore the park after dark and experience the dark skies of Point Pelee National Park. You will have the opportunity to stay late and experience the park at night.

    Don't miss the Bat Presentation with Dan Riskin.

    The park is open until midnight, unless otherwise stated.

    For more information please contact us at pelee.info@pc.gc.ca.

  • Self-guided Dark Sky Night

    Culture and entertainment History Nature
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Explore the park after dark and experience the dark skies of Point Pelee National Park. You will have the opportunity to stay late and experience the park at night.

    Hosted by RASC - please check at the entrance kiosk for the location of programming in the park.

    The park will stay open all night August 9 and August 10 for the Perseid Meteor Shower (Open at 6 a.m. August 9, close at 10 p.m. August 11)

    For more information please contact us at pelee.info@pc.gc.ca.

  • Self-guided Dark Sky Night

    Culture and entertainment History Nature
    Time: 07:30 PM - 11:59 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Explore the park after dark and experience the dark skies of Point Pelee National Park. You will have the opportunity to stay late and experience the park at night.

    The park is open until midnight, unless otherwise stated.

    For more information please contact us at pelee.info@pc.gc.ca.

  • Self-guided Dark Sky Night

    Culture and entertainment History Nature
    Time: 07:30 PM - 11:59 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Explore the park after dark and experience the dark skies of Point Pelee National Park. You will have the opportunity to stay late and experience the park at night.

    The park is open until midnight, unless otherwise stated.

    For more information please contact us at pelee.info@pc.gc.ca.

  • Self-guided Dark Sky Night

    Culture and entertainment History Nature
    Time: 07:30 PM - 11:59 PM
    Location(s): Point Pelee National Park
    Cost: Included with admission
    Wheelchair Accessible

    Explore the park after dark and experience the dark skies of Point Pelee National Park. You will have the opportunity to stay late and experience the park at night.

    The park is open until midnight, unless otherwise stated.

    For more information please contact us at pelee.info@pc.gc.ca.

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