By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: How many hours drive is it to Leamington? On our way to Detroit we wish to spend a day or two here and have heard there are some interesting outdoor activities.

A: From your starting point you’re looking at about 4.5 hour drive depending on traffic. For the avid nature buff, scenic stops will be plenty especially once you get to Rondeau Provincial Park ( via Highway 3. Think about spending some time here. It’s big on nature as the park is situated on a sand spit jetting into Lake Erie and as a result is a bird haven.

Next stop: Point Pelee. One of Canada’s birding capitals, this national park ( is enjoying the high season of the spring bird migration. High on the bird sightings list: warblers, yellow-billed cuckoos, flycatchers, and nighthawks. I recommend taking a full day to enjoy the activities here. Twilight hikes are popular. There’s a Friends of Point Pelee group ( who offer breakfast and lunches for birders from 7-11am and 11:30am-1pm.

Other favourite parks in the area: Hillman Marsh Conservation Area (, Ojibway Nature Reserve ( and of course Pelee Island ( Canada’s most southerly inhabited location is home to a number of rare and endangered bird species. The island is accessible by ferry. The MV Jiimaan operates out of Leamington. For schedules visit

For an overnight stay, go for a bed and breakfast experience. New proprietors of the Marlborough House, Amy and Troy Gee, have three rooms tastefully decorated with antiques in a cozy country-style feel. The Victorian home is walking distance to Leamington’s shops and restaurants and also has a pool perfect for relaxing dips after your visit to Point Pelee National Park.

For more information visit and for reservations call them at toll-free 866-530-4389 or 519-322-3953.


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