Explore Pelee Island
Motorcoach Tours / Bus Tour
This tour is entirely in Canada. Passports are NOT required.
Pelee Island, the southernmost point of Canada and the largest island in Lake Erie
TOUR'S DURATION: 2 days / 1 night
3 Pick-up locations: Scarborough, York Mills Station, and Mississauga Carpool (*see below details)
************ ITINERARY ***************
DAY 1, SAT 20 June 2020: Toronto >> Kingsville >> Leamington
7:00 AM: Our 1st Pick-up location: Scarborough Town Centre (Please arrive 15 Min before the departure time)
7:30 AM: Our 2nd Pick-up location: York Mills Station.
8:00 AM: Our 3rd pick-up location is: Mississauga Carpool.
During the 3.5 hours’ drive (330 km), we will have a short stop on the way for breakfast.
- 8:30–9:15 AM: ON-route Cambridge North Travel Plaza
- 12:30–1:30 PM: Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary (1-hour guided tour)
- 1:30–2:30 PM: Lunch at Colasanti's Restaurant
- 3:00–4:00 PM: PELEE ISLAND WINERY TOUR (Tour and tasting)
- Hotel: Quality Inn Leamington
DAY 2, SUN 21 June 2020: Leamington >> Pelee Island >> Toronto
8:00 AM Breakfast
9:15 AM check out and board bus
10:00-11:30 AM: Cruise to Pelee Island
- Vin Villa Tour: Founded in 1866, Vin Villa remains the most historically significant winery in North America.
- Lunch in the Ruins
- Pelee Island Bird Observatory’s (PIBO)
- Fish Point
- Lighthouse Point
4.00-5.30 PM: Cruise back to Leamington
During the 3.5 hours’ drive (330 km), we will have a short stop on the way for dinner.
8.30 PM: drop-off @ Mississauga
9.00 PM: drop-off @ York Mills Station
9.30 PM: drop-off @ Scarborough Town Centre
Price & Inclusions
· Per person: $339 + HST
· Per person in single room: $429 + 13% HST
**All prices are per person, in Canadian dollars.
**Children 8+ are welcome on this tour, same price as adults.
NOTES ABOUT SHARING ROOM:
If you are a solo traveler and would like to share the room with someone the same gender, please choose the "DOUBLE" Room option. We will match you with another person, same gender.
The standard rooms in the hotels have a maximum of 2 double beds. Therefore, if you are 3 or 4 people using a standard room, you need to know that two people will need to sleep in 1 double bed, as the hotel does NOT provide any extra bed/cot.
If you are 3 or 4 people, and need to stay in "one" standard room, for registration, you still need to select the "Double" room option since the price is the same. After the booking, please let us know that you need to stay in "one" room.
• Round trip transportation on an A/C Bus with washroom
• 1- Night accommodation at Quality Inn Leamington
• 1 Hot breakfast at the hotel
• 1 Lunch at Colasanti's Restaurant
• Pelee Island Winery Tour and Tasting
• Cruise from Leamington to Pelee Island and return aboard Pelee Islander II
• Tourig VinVilla, with Lunch and Runins
• Visit the Pelee Island Bird Observatory’s (PIBO)
• Visit the Lighthouse Point and Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve
• Escorted tour by the tour director
• All gratuities
Fresh Rolls & Butter + Coleslaw/Pasta Salad
Broasted Potato+ Broasted Chicken
Fresh handmade Doununts + Peach Drink, Coffee and Tea
**Vegetarian option is available. Please request before up to 2 days before the trip (by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org)
NEW in 2020 - End Plastic Pollution
Effective January 1, 2020, Toronto Fun Tours will no longer offer single-use plastic water bottles, many of which end up in our land fills, lakes, oceans, and rivers. We encourage you to bring a refillable water bottle. We will continue to offer our usual array of snacks.
PARKING / PICK- UP Location
1st pick-up location:Scarborough Town Centre(Address: 300 Borough Dr, Scarborough, ON M1P 4P5) . The bus stops directly outside the Cineplex movie theatres at the Scarborough Town Centre. You are NOT allowed to park your car in this location for multi-day trips. If you wish to use this pickup location for a multi-day trip, please consider taking a taxi or public transit or have someone drop you off.
2nd pick-up location: York Mills Station. The bus will stop on Yonge St., directly outside the Starbucks at 4025 Yonge St. This is the York Mills Centre office building on the North-East corner of Yonge St. & York Mills Rd. The York Mills subway station is in the basement of this building. If it is raining or snowing, you are welcome to wait either in Starbucks or in the lobby of the office tower until you see the bus stop in front of Starbucks.
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FOR PARKING: For overnight and multi-day trips, cars cannot be left in the TTC parking lot or the Green P parking lot. Parking is allowed in the covered parking of the York Mills Centre. The parking lot has two entrances, one on York Mills Rd and one on Yonge St. Please note that the parking cost is $25 per day (2017 rates). Street address is the same as our bus pickup location, 4025 Yonge St.
3rd pick-up location: Mississauga Carpool (Carpool Parking 401/ Hurontario)
Entrance into the carpool lot is on the west side of Hurontario, between the ramps to Hwy 401 East and Hwy 401 West. This parking lot is not easily visible from Hurontario and can be easily missed so please carefully follow the P Carpool signs. Detailed instructions from all four directions are given below. This is a Government of Ontario, Ministry of Transportation parking lot. Cars may be left here for up to 5 days, parking is free. This parking lot does not have a street address. The GPS location is 43.6300490, -79.6861980
Our bus stops in the parking area on your left hand side.
Mississauga Carpool MAP
At the southernmost point of Canada, you’ll find 10,000 acres of idyllic vineyards, farms, beaches, parks and forests. Pelee Island is home to some of the rarest natural habitat in Canada. Over 10,000 unique species inhabit Pelee Island, including the Honey Locust, Hop Tree, Prickly Pear Cactus and Sassafras. Birders witness seasonal migrations of hundreds of species. Foxes and coyotes call the island their home as do rare snakes such as the Blue Racer. The island also offers a host of recreational activities, including fishing, hiking and biking. You will visit the Vin Villa ruins; the historic remains of Canada’s first commercial winery. Stop at Lighthouse Point and Fish Point or drive along one of the amazing dykes that crisscross the island.
Pelee Island Winery
Pelee Island is home to our 700+ acre farm in Canada’s warmest grape growing region with a winemaking history dating back more than 150 years. We welcome you to explore our diverse selection of approachable wines that are crafted for the most important people in the world, our customers. We pride ourselves on consistently producing exceptional wines in an ecologically conscious manner that will exceed your expectations and have you return to discover us again and again.
Vineyards: At over 700 acres of vineyards, Pelee Island Winery is the largest private estate winery in Canada.
VARIETALS GROWN ON THE ISLAND INCLUDE:
White: CHARDONNAY | GEWURZTRAMINER | RIESLING | SAUVIGNON BLANC | VIDAL | PINOT GRIS | TOKAY FRIULANO
Red: MERLOT | PINOT NOIR | CABERNET SAUVIGNON | CABERNET FRANC | BACO NOIR | SHIRAZ | TEMPRANILLO | CHAMBOURCIN | GAMAY | ZWEIGELT | LEMBERGER
Pelee Island Bird Observatory’s (PIBO)
The Pelee Island Bird Observatory (PIBO) is an NGO devoted to the study and conservation of wild birds and their habitats. The most southerly place in Canada, Pelee Island on Lake Erie hosts a tremendous variety of migratory and resident birds. PIBO’s bird checklist highlights an impressive range of birds that have been recorded on Pelee Island including many Species at Risk in Canada, and many with limited breeding ranges in Ontario.
Our Mission is to Help Birds: Learn about species at risk on Pelee Island and other PIBO education and outreach programs. To gain a truly immersive experience of how you can help birds, come for a visit to PIBO and enjoy the treasures of the island.
Founded in 1866, Vin Villa remains the most historically significant winery in North America. Go behind the gates of this historical winery and discover the history of winemaking on Pelee Island as the secrets of Vin Villa unfold. The Vin Villa tour is by far the island’s most unique tour experience. Stroll through the beautiful grounds and learn the enticing history of the property. Touch the remnants of the 150 year old winery, and step back in time as you descend ground into the opulent, meticulously restored wine cellars.
On a northeastern spit of Pelee Island, perhaps the most southerly extension of Canada, 96 hectares have been set aside as a nature reserve. The blue racer snake is one of several rare species found within the reserve. There are remnants of deciduous forests and patches of wetland, rich in aquatic plants.
You will see the remains of a lighthouse, built in 1834, stand at the tip of the spit.
Fish Point Provincial Nature Reserve
Fish Point is a gently rolling, shallow-sand, limestone plain in the Great Lakes lowlands, with lacustrine nearshore features, including an excellent example of a sandspit and dune system extending south into Lake Erie. Its near-virgin, southern deciduous forest harbours several provincially rare plants, including the prickly pear cactus, and the hop tree. Rare animals include the fox snake, Lake Erie watersnake, and the giant swallowtail butterfly.
Like the famous Point Pelee spit located nearby on the mainland, Fish Point is an important stopover for migrating birds, and a bird-watchers paradise. Black-crowned night herons and other birds frequent a lagoon, and shorebirds are numerous.
Quality Inn Leamington – 3* Hotel
Situated less than 10 minutes' walk from Seacliff Park and the shores of Lake Erie, Quality Inn Leamington offers free WiFi. Each guest room is 100% non-smoking and comes with an flat-screen TV. Additional amenities include a workspace, ergonomic desk chair, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Guests to the Quality Inn Leamington can enjoy complimentary tea and coffee in the lobby. This hotel is 1 km from the Leamington Ferry terminal. Point Pelee National Park is 7.8 km away.
Dine under our beautiful citrus and ficus trees! Licensed restaurant serves freshly cooked meals daily, with some favourites being broasted chicken, pizza, apple cider and hot, homemade cinnamon donuts.
- Our tours are in ENGLISH language only.
- Appropriate clothing and footwear is highly recommended (based on the weather)
- We assign the seats based on first paid first served. In case you and your companion pay separately, to be seated together, please send an email to: email@example.com after placing your order.
************* IMPORTANT NOTIFICATIONS *************
Reasonable Level of Fitness: In order to get the most from your travels and keep up with the group, a reasonable level of fitness is required. You will need to be able to walk for 1-2 hours at an Easy to Medium-pace (on an even/uneven surface), get on and off coaches, trains and boats unassisted. Therefore, we ask that anyone wanting to travel with us carefully consider whether any PHYSICAL LIMITATIONS prevent you from fully enjoying our trips.
Embrace the nature of Group Travel: To get the most out of your tour, pack a positive attitude and an open mind. These are most certainly valuable when travelling in a group. Our tours are packed with adventure, new experiences and feel-good moments. However, despite the very best intentions and planning, things can and do go wrong and occasionally we encounter problems beyond our control, such as adverse weather conditions, unexpected delays caused by traffic jams. In such situations, we ask for your patience and we will endeavor to keep as close to our scheduled itinerary as possible.
Traveling with children: Due to the activity level of our group tours, all children require adult supervision. Some of our more active excursions may not be suitable for children under the age of 8.