Friday, July 30, 2010

Point Pelee National Park

The Handyman and I went off to visit the most southern point of mainland in Canada, Point Pelee National Park.  It didn't hurt that there were several wineries that we like there either. We visited after the Hurricane went through, and you could see the damage along the Erie shore. Many willows and large trees were split, especially at the water's edge.
It was a hot day.  You can see the Handyman walking out to the southern most tip of land, but it was an effort in the heat.  You just wanted to dive into the water to cool off, but signs everywhere warned of the deadly currents and of the drownings that had occurred. You could see the drop off from the shore.  They have a wonderful visitor centre there. You can rent canoes, learn about history of the area and see dioramas of the flora and fauna specific to the park. It's a birding paradise, but while we heard many birds, we did not see very many.  We did see the little barn swallow which had built its nest right on the stairs of the observation tower.  It's little babies stuck their beaks out of the nest everytime someone walked by. There was a long boardwalk out over the march full of redwinged blackbirds, turtles, muskrats and tourists! There were lots of the Canadian lotus plants.  I have one in my pond, but it has never bloomed.  I can only hope!