Still onwards G and I went .. to the deep south of southwestern Ontario. In fact, to the farthest, most southerly place you can go in Canada, and still be actually in Canada: Pelee Island, a wee island 5kms wide and 14kms long sitting in the middle of Lake Erie – an hour and a half ferry ride from Kingsville.
So why Pelee? …. well, you’ll remember back in the mid-1980s the federal government was in serious negotiations with the Turks & Caicos Islands (in the Caribbean) for them to become part of Canada. This idea resurfaced a couple years ago, and, I suspect in my lifetime we shall have a Turks & Caicos Territory just like Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. ANYway, it’d be great to have a southern island to head to (sans passport) but until that time comes, Pelee is as far south as you can get.
…. oh, and did I mention they have a winery on the Island? Okay, so that was a draw as well: the wonderful wines of the Pelee Island Winery.
We decided to take our bikes and it’s a great way to see the island (not to mention cheaper than taking a car on the ship). The roads are perfect for cycling – asphalt and packed gravel and distances are tolerable for any cyclist. There is also a bicycle rental hut right at the port when you arrive, if you perfer.
After cycling the north half of the island, it was time for a well-deserved stop at the winery. Pelee Winery has established a Pavillion on the island that sells all their wines and provides a picnic and bbq area for folks to hangout at. I suspect many of the people who arrived on the ferry with us at 10:30am had spent the entire day at the winery drinking … lots of ‘happy’ people here when we arrived at 1pm.
G and I sampled a host of wines in the pavillion then bought glasses to take out onto the patio to chill with. It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon!
14) approaching the Pavillion by bike; 15) the vines; 16) the reason for coming, finally in our hands!