Having spent four days eating hearty food and sampling Southwest Ontario wine, we needed a plan to burn off a few calories.
One of the best places to go is Point Pelee National Park. The park is near Leamington and is conveniently located just minutes away from the Pelee Island ferry. There are 7.5 miles (12 kilometers) of trails–including cedar savannah, dryland, and swamp forest, as well as a themed trail to the historic DeLauier House built in the 1840’s. Other park activities include bicycling, swimming, canoeing and kayaking. A full two-thirds of the park consists of freshwater marshes.
However, this park is world famous for birding. During the spring migration period, there have been reports of as many as 1,000 black and white warblers and 20,000 white-throated sparrows. Overall, there have been an estimated 372 species of birds sighted at the park. For this, Point Pelee has been designated ‘Warbler Capital of Canada’. Of the 50 known species of warblers, 42 have been reported at Point Pelee. The freshwater marshes make a great rest stop for these migrants, who began their trip at the Gulf of Mexico.
If hiking or canoeing is not your way to burn off calories, you can join one of the organized bike tours through the wine country of Southwest Ontario. The Wine Trail Ride is just one of many tours to choose from. Of course, you can also organize your own trip. Biking is a great way to enjoy the scenery, work up a sweat and enjoy some of the wineries along the way.
After four days of wine touring, we ended our trip in Windsor, Ontario. We stayed at the Windsor Hilton, located along the Riverwalk. You can walk, run, or rollerblade over 3 miles (5 kilometers) on the Riverwalk. While on the trail, don’t forget to stop at the Dieppe Gardens and smell the roses–after all, Windsor is The City of Roses. Also don’t miss the Odette Sculpture Park (Assumption Park), and say hello to the eight foot tall Dancing Bear.
Want more to do on this Riverwalk? Well, if your timing is right, you can go to the yearly summerfest event, which is held along the Riverwalk from the middle of June through early July. There is live music (jazz while we were there), food and wine, fireworks, boat races and much more.
277 Riverside Drive West, Windsor, Ontario, Canada N9A 5K4
Tel: 1-519-973-5555 Fax: 1-519-973-1600
Map of Windsor and the entire Riverwalk
Photo Source: http://www.alanbauer.com/
Author: Michael Fagin is a freelance travel writer who has traveled over the last ten years across Canada and visited all the major Canadian wine regions. While he is not writing Mr. Fagin is a meteorologist for West Coast Weather, LLC forecasting weather for the West Coast of the US as well as on an international basis.
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