Pelee Island is for lovers
Millar Hill | July 2022
When I look back on that summer there are a few things that really stand out – like life finally starting to get back to normal, going out and seeing all the people that mean a lot to us. My fiancé and I also got engaged and we wanted to celebrate that by doing something special but local, and something we could both experience together for the first time. We both grew up in Windsor-Essex and I’m here to tell you that after 20 years of living in the area, neither of us have been to Pelee Island. Crazy, right? For those of you who have never been there, I’m here to tell you that it’s well worth your time – It’s also the perfect place for a romantic getaway with your significant other, even if only for a day. Pelee Island is a beautiful place and I consider ourselves very lucky to be able to call it our own.
Our day started with a ferry ride to Pelee Island, an experience in itself. The ferry to Pelee Island is spacious and a pleasant ride with plenty of room from the top deck and down. We arrived shortly before the scheduled departure of the ferry to Pelee Island and getting on and off was truly a breeze. The ferry to Pelee Island generally operates from early March to mid-December. You’ll want to take a look at the Pelee Island Ferry Schedule before your trip, but the ferry to the island departs from Leamington at 10am and then every four hours thereafter. There are a total of three services on Monday and Thursday through Sunday. On Tuesday and Wednesday there are only two services at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Prices will vary depending on whether you are a passenger, whether you have a car, etc. You can take a look here.
Take the island by bike
Once we arrived on the island, the first thing we did was head towards Comfortech Bike Rental – which has an amazing selection of cute bikes, complete with baskets, to choose from. The shop is just to the left of where you’ll arrive at the ferry port, so it’s easy to walk around if you’re looking for a bike rental on Pelee Island. I can tell you from personal experience after riding around the island all day that they have some great cruiser bikes. We had the best time cruising around the island by bike. I really got to live out my Island Girl (ode to Sir Elton John) fantasy that day. If you’re going to the island, I recommend stopping by the store to rent yourself a bike.
Pelee Island Vineyard
Have you really been to Pelee Island if you haven’t been to Pelee Island Vineyard? It was a must on our list for the day, like I said I was living my Island Girl fantasy. While at the winery, we tried a few of their wines, including LOLA Blush Sparking Rose, LOLA Pinot Grigio, and Thaddeus Smith VQA South Islands wine. For lunch we tried one of their delicious pizzas that came with a tasty salad with balsamic vinaigrette. If you’re not sure what you’d like to do with your time on the island, I recommend heading to Pelee Island Vineyard sip wine – everything gets a little better after a little wine.
After a few glasses of wine, we jumped on our bikes and cruised from one side of the island to the other. The bike ride was beautiful, with views of the water on one side and beautiful scenery on the other. The cool breeze from Lake Eire was just what we needed for cycling on a hot summer day. Believe it or not, WineVilla, was Canada’s first commercial winery and is known for creating award-winning wines that have changed the way the world views Canadian and North American wine. The winery was established in 1866 and the property and its history are a source of pride for islanders. Unfortunately, it was knocked down by a fire that knocked Vin Villa off the map, but left behind beautiful ruins that still exist today. The place has since been cleaned up for tours of the property and one of the oldest wine cellars in North America, which creates a quaint atmosphere. Getting to see such an incredible piece of history – just a short ferry ride from our home – was truly one of the best parts of our day on the island.
say goodbye to the island
My fiancé and I have been to our fair share of places and done a long list of things, but spending the day at Pelee Island just the two of us, enjoying all it had to offer, was honestly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had, and I think he would agree too. I’m so glad I got to experience the island for the first time with the love of my life, I couldn’t imagine spending the day on Pelee Island with anyone else. There are many things I could say about this place, but the truth is that I want you to go and experience it for yourself, to understand just how amazing Pelee Island truly is.
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