We rarely head out for an outdoor adventure with the expectation that something will go wrong, and most times everything will go right. However, sometimes the unexpected happens and when it does, it’s important that you are well informed and well prepared to minimise the negative impact of unfortunate circumstances.

For general information on how to stay safe when enjoying the outdoors visit www.adventuresmart.ca

For important information about staying safe while enjoying Point Pelee National Park, please explore the topics below:

Hiking

While natural hazards are present while hiking in Point Pelee National Park, the risk of injury can be minimized by taking reasonable precautions. Please visit Adventure Smart for details on trip planning and hiking safety.

Biking

Bicycles are restricted to the Centennial Bike and Hike Trail and the park road/parking lots. For your safety, stay on trails to help avoid ticks and poison ivy. Please visit Adventure Smart for details on trip planning and biking safety.

Swimming

There are no lifeguards on duty at any of the Park's beaches. Never swim alone and always treat Lake Erie with caution. The lake can become rough very rapidly. The Tip area located at the extreme south end of the Park is a popular destination for visitors. There is NO swimming or wading in this area. Please obey the signs posted. Currents exist in this area that pose a hazard and are extremely dangerous. Please visit Adventure Smart for additional details on trip planning and water safety.

Canoeing and kayaking

Wear your lifejacket at all times: Boats are required to have one lifejacket per person, 15m ((40 ft) of buoyant heaving line, spare paddles or oars, an anchor on 15m (40 ft) of line, a bailer and a whistle. If you capsize: Remain with your overturned boat and move shoreward. Sound three long blasts to attract attention if you need assistance. Please visit Adventure Smart for additional details on trip planning and water safety.

Ticks and Lyme disease

Stay on trails to avoid contact with ticks. The black-legged tick has become firmly established at Point Pelee. This creature, which has spread to areas throughout North America, can carry a bacterium, which causes the Lyme disease. Research to date suggests the risk of contracting Lyme disease at Point Pelee is very low. Through annual monitoring, the bacterium has now been detected at Point Pelee in a small percentage of the tick population. Please visit Adventure Smart for additional details on health.

Animal feeding

The feeding of any animal (e.g. deer, raccoons, birds, squirrels and fish) is strictly prohibited. Avoid the danger of being bitten and minimize your affect on the park's ecological balance.

Safety is everyone’s responsibility. At Parks Canada, we do our part to make sure you can have a safe visit by assessing the risks, managing hazards, and making sure that safety information is freely available to everyone. You can do your part as visitors by making sure you seek out the information you need to stay safe and make well informed decisions while enjoying these special places. Visit our websites and stop at a visitor center to speak with our employees for the most up to date information. Make sure you are fully prepared for whatever activities you choose to participate in so you can have a safe, enjoyable and memorable visit.

In case of emergency: Dial 911

Point Pelee National Park
Phone: 519-322-2365
Toll Free: 1-888-773-8888
Email: pelee.info@pc.gc.ca