Last Wednesday evening at the Leamington dock–a 15 minute drive from our place– we boarded the Jimaan Ferry and sailed the 13 kilometers to Pelee Island.
Pelee Island is the largest inhabited island of the Lake Erie Archipelago, a cluster of islands in the western Lake Erie basin. This tear-drop shaped island is approximately 4,400 hectares in size and is the only Canadian island in the basin that is inhabited year-round.
The southerly climate provides a haven for a myriad of unique and rare-to-Canada plants and animals, and is a stepping stone for over 250 species of migrating birds that cross the lake each spring and fall. The newest bird frequenting the island is the Pelican, originally from Florida. We weren’t allowed to get too close to them lest we disturb their nests.
The island was beautiful, but we couldn’t go too close to its shallow shores. We went as far south as Middle Island, the most southern point of Canada.
The island has approximately 300 year-round residents who make their living farming, working in the winery, renting out their cottages, etc. I was blessed by the slower pace and the friendly people; you rarely passed a person who didn’t smile and wave.
The islanders were tickled that hundreds of people came to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday. I’m thankful to live in a great country like Canada, and I praise God for the freedoms He gives.
Happy 150th Birthday, Canada!
“God keep our land glorious and free.”
O Canada, I pray for thee.